Ready for the chop? You’re not the only one. Copy Sarah Harding, Frankie Bridge, Scarlett Johannsson and other stars by going short. From daringly brief and boyish crops to chin-length curls, find your hairstyle inspiration
1. Jourdan Dunn
“This shows off this season’s bob style perfectly,” says Adam Reed from Percy & Reed salons. “To keep it current, you need a structured baseline, then keep it loose and casual through the lengths. It’s adaptable – you can change the length and the parting to suit anyone. It’s a great style.”
2. Lily Collins
Lily looks so natural with her pixie crop, it’s hard to imagine her with those slightly boring wavy lengths she sported in her early 20s. This cut takes years off her – she’s only 26, but could could pass for 19.
3. Scarlett Johansson
When you’re one of the most beautiful women in the world, you can afford to be brave with your ‘do, and buzz-cut sides is not a look that everyone could carry off. But the height on top lengthens Scarlett’s heart-shaped face and gives her a certain maturity and gravitas – great for someone who wants to be taken seriously.
4. Frankie Bridge
Last year Frankie flirted with a much shorter pixie crop, but we’re glad to see her with a bit of length back and her super-shiny side fringe. This style is easy to maintain – you can get away with a quick blow-dry on the fringe and a spritz of shine spray to finish.
5. Tyra Banks
“This is a wig, but it works,” says Adam. “A short style like this could be harsh, but she keeps it looking good by having those gaps and shattered lines on the fringe.”
6. Sarah Harding
Sarah’s oval face and symmetrical features mean she looks great with a centre parting. Fine hair really fits this style, especially bouffed up and texturised with a bit of salt spray to keep it from looking flat.
7. Cheryl Fernandez-Versini
Every time Chez has a new style, women line up at salons across the country clutching reference pictures for their stylists. This is no exception. The difference is, as opposed to her impossibly coiffed, permanently professionally blow-dried curls, this is an achievable cut. Sleek but simple.
8. Elizabeth McGovern
The Downton actress shines with this super-short version of a wavy bob – elegant and flattering. “The great thing about this kind of style is you don’t need to use too much in the way of styling products. Keep it simple, wavy, loose and casual,” says Adam.
A departure from her trademark lengths? No, it’s just Katie trying the bob look by faking it with a wig. If you’re going for a drastic change like a blunt fringe or a bob, trying it first like this is a great trick.
10. Katy Perry
“This short look is boyish and daring, but it’s just so amazing with that smoky eye,” says Adam. “It’s high-maintenance, because you have to think about your whole image to go with it, but I think she looks great.”