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Short Hairstyles 2021: The Best Haircuts For Women – ELLE Australia

Considering a chop? Need some looks for short locks? We've got you covered.

THE BLUNT LOB

Can't decide between a long or a short haircut? Introducing the blunt lob. From Kim Kardashian to Anne Hathaway, to Hailey Baldwin, this shoulder-grazing style has been on our radars for quite some time now. Sitting somewhere between a bob and a long cut, the shoulder-grazing style is low-maintenance with high-impact, and is guaranteed to give your look a renewed sense of freshness.

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THE GLASS HAIR BOB

Trends may come and go, but bob cuts are forever. Elevate your look with a bold new cut that is short, sleek and oh-so-sophisticated! The key to this cut is ensuring the razor-sharp lines are regularly maintained to preserve the edgy factor. Given its soaring popularity, we would forgive you for taking the plunge and lopping off some length.

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THE S-BEND LOB

A more 'cool-girl' take on the classic wavy lob, the S-bend lob looks especially great with a touch of texture for a low-key, lived-in look. Ask your hairdresser for some light layers to help your strands fall naturally and find some height. To style at home, use a straightener or a curling wand to gently add the S-shape to your mid-lengths, then give your locks a little tousle and you're good to go!

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THE CHEEK GRAZER

Sitting beautifully between a classic bob and a pixie, the 'Cheek Grazer' is a playful blend of the best of both worlds! Ideal for straight hair types with fine to medium thickness, this cut is all about the face, with ever-so-slightly asymmetrical layers cut to skim over the cheeks and highlight the eyes.

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THE LAYERED LOB

We can't remember a time before the layered lob was the go-to cool-girl hairstyle of celebrities and women alike. Universally flattering on almost every face shape, the lob—especially one with soft, face-framing layers—is one of the most versatile hairstyles there is, and looks just as good sleek and smooth as it does tousled and textured.

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THE PIXIE LOB

If you're not afraid to switch up your style, a pixie cut, particularly of the shaggy 'lob' variety, will overhaul your look without feeling bare. See celebrities such as Jesinta Franklin (pictured here), Jennifer Lawrence, Emilia Clarke and Halle Berry for all the inspiration you need to take the plunge.

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THE SHAG

The shag might be a '70s classic, but it's anything but outdated. In 2021, the take is sexier, curlier, and softer, with rough tendrils forming effortless fringes and lived-in layers creating a sensual halo. Okay, okay, it's not exactly effortless, but your hairdresser will know how to shape the internal layers so your locks can get the look without much of the work.

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THE 'FLIP' LOB

A little bit '60s, a little bit '90s, the 'Flip' is one playful hairstyle that looks perfectly at home on a shoulder-grazing lob. Whether you turn the ends out (like Ella Mai, pictured) or flip them in, the key is make sure your strands are super smooth, frizz free and in the best condition possible. For a hint of old-school glamour, opt for a deep side part and use a little smoothing product for a more polished finish.

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THE CURLY BOB

Honestly, who decided once upon a time that girls with curls can't rock bobs without having to style them straight everyday? Natural curls and coils look great at bob-length, provided you use the right creams to control frizz. Putting a fringe in the front will add elevation while bringing shape to the face. If you're looking to go au naturel with a curly bob, make sure to ask your hairdresser to keep the baseline all one length to add some heaviness and reduce frizz.

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THE FRENCH GIRL BOB

While this might not be cut for the faint of heart, it's definitely one that delivers on the head-turning factor. Best suited for those blessed with wash-and-wear locks, this chic cut à la française brings the je ne sais quoi through by keeping the cut sharp but the texture soft. Think: wispy ends, a tousled fringe and subtle angulation to frame the face.

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