20 Haircuts Everyone Should Try, According to Celebrity Hairstylists!

20 Haircuts Everyone Should Try, According to Celebrity Hairstylists!


Here at Byrdie, we have the goal of always challenging you to think beyond the parameters of “defined” beauty and instead focus on the products, people, and feelings that empower you to be the ultimate version of yourself. And when it comes to hair, that includes maybe stepping out of your comfort zone and trying something new (whether you’re getting over a breakup or just because). Sure, there’s nothing wrong with a signature haircut (we’re looking at you, Anna Wintour), it’s just that, you know that haircut that you’ve been talking about since forever but have never actually gotten around to getting? Well, perhaps it’s time to finally give it a go.

To help you make the jump and/or to get the juices flowing, we opened up the floor to some of the most talented celebrity hairstylists in the biz. Our question: Which haircuts should everyone try at least once in their lifetime? Not surprisingly, the experts had a lot to share. We’ve rounded up an eclectic gallery of hair inspo—courtesy of celeb stylists—so no matter your hair type or texture, or whether a change for you means committing to a chop or piling on length, you’re bound to find a look that feels right for you.

Ahead, 20 haircuts—from the iconic to the edgy—that stylists say everyone should try.


Straight, Blunt Lob

Gwyneth Paltrow tapered lob

Have you ever wondered whether you can pull off a lob? The good news is that the long bob is universally flattering for nearly all hair types and textures, as well as face shapes. It’s also an incredibly versatile style and one that allows you to make a seamless short to longer hair transition if you’re growing out your bob.

Brianna Colette, senior stylist at Nine Zero One Salon, cites Gwyneth Paltrow’s blunt, blonde, and laser-straight style as the lob in its purest and most original form. “The blunt ends have the ability to thicken fine, chemically processed hair for a chic, collarbone-grazing haircut that’s a total head-turner.”



Logan Browning afro with electric blue shadow

Looking to embrace your natural hair? Transitioning won’t be hard if you’ve got the right products by your side (and avoid these common mistakes). Logan Browning’s ’60s-inspired afro is classic, stylish, and empowering. And that blue eyeshadow? Electrifying.



Freja Beha Erichsen shag

If you’ve always dreamed of being a rockstar, why not live vicariously through your hair? A shag haircut, whether it’s long, short, or somewhere in between, is incredibly versatile and looks great on nearly all hair types. The choppy layers add tons of texture and movement—not to mention an edgy vibe—that is ideal if you’ve got medium to thick locks.


Long and Layered

Jasmine Tookes long, glossy hair

Long and layered hair seems like a no-brainer when it comes to uncontested flattering styles. “To be honest, this haircut is probably one of the most sought-after looks, and I think all women should have glamorous length at some point in their lifetime—a long, layered haircut with body and style,” says Tim Dueñas, master stylist at Nine Zero One Salon.

“If you don’t have all the hair needed to pull this off, don’t fret. There are a lot of options—from clip-ins to halo extensions—which are amazing alternatives for lending an extra dose of volume to limper strands,” he adds.


Classic Bob

Lucy Liu chin-length bob

It doesn’t get more classic than a bob. “This iconic haircut is so liberating for women who may have been attached to their long strands. A cut that is above the shoulders is chic, modern, timeless, and exudes confidence,” says celebrity hairstylist Justine Marjan.

With a bob, ask for minimal layers to avoid looking helmet-y or mushroom-like, and have your stylist cut with shears as opposed to a razor for a super-clean finish.



Felicity Jones shoulder-length with thick bangs

To fringe or not to fringe? That is the question. Contrary to popular belief, almost everyone can rock a fringe (curly-haired peeps included). But before you go snipping away, you’ll want to consider your hair type and texture, plus what level of commitment—from the “no-fringe fringe” to precise blunt bangs—you find manageable.

Dueñas is a fan of fringe: “Like retro awesomeness, classic ’70s rock-and-roll-inspired fringe. Plus, the versatility of a good fringe haircut makes a dirty hair day so much better. It’s a great cut for enhancing the eyes and cheekbones and is reminiscent of iconic stars like Jane Birkin, Kate Moss, and Brigitte Bardot.”



Gabrielle Union short asymmetrical cut

Perfect hair is overrated. Shorter on one side and longer on the other, an asymmetrical cut like Gabrielle Union’s breaks from tradition while still retaining a recognizable bob style—albeit on one side only. Not to mention, the versatility of this cut is endless. It can be worn as a pixie or a lob, with variations in length that range from the more subtle to the more extreme.



Michelle Williams platinum pixie

Have you heard? The pixie cut is back in a big way. And while we’ve heard time and time again that this short ‘do is ideal for those with petite features and stunning bone structure, that doesn’t mean that the rest of us mere mortals can’t pull off a pixie with style and grace. In fact, the key to rocking a pixie really comes down to confidence and a trusted stylist.

“Although it was made infamous by Twiggy, we’ve seen this quintessential, classically short style re-created on Michelle Williams, Anne Hathaway, Pink, and Rihanna,” says Colette. “It’s so daring and liberating to chop it all off, but keeping it longer in the front makes for an effortless grow-out period.”

If you want to create the illusion of a longer face, opt for a pixie cut that is shorter on the sides with some length on top.



Kim Kardashian super-long wavy hair

From one extreme to the other, “Long hair—not so much a cut as a not-cut,” is a ‘do that celebrity stylist Eloise Cheung says is a must. “Something about ultra-long hair is just really intriguing. It’s visually stunning and the stuff of fantasy and fairytales as we’ve seen in Game of Thrones and Lord of the Rings. Historically speaking, I think of Cher.”

Lately, many celebrities have jumped on the ultra-long hair bandwagon. And with all that hair canvas to work with, there’s no shortage of cascading styles to choose from.



Kiki Sukezane Undercut

If you get bored with your look or are indecisive when it comes to committing to a certain length or style, you might want to consider the versatile undercut. While Kiki Sukezane goes bold shaving one full side of her head, you can opt for something more subtle.

A small shaven area at the nape of the neck is discreet and can be shown off in an updo or concealed if you decide to wear your hair down. It’s a style made to fit every mood and occasion.



Ruby Rose crop with blonde higlights

Although similar to a pixie, crops have longer layers than their short hair counterpart. If you’re wondering if short hair suits you, dispel your doubt by trying this simple trick. You’ll be happy to know, however, that short hair looks good on nearly everyone. It’s just a matter of finding the right short style for you.

According to Dueñas, “Every woman should experience a crop. The liberation that comes with having a short, fun haircut is amazing. I think it is one of the sexiest moves and shows a lot of confidence. Think Mia Farrow, Scarlett Johansson, Ruby Rose, and, more recently, Kate Hudson.” Crops that embrace curls and waves are also very chic.


Medium-Length and Layered

Rosie Hungtington-Whitely medium-length, layered haircut

If you like to play it safe but are still looking to change up your look, a medium-length layered cut may be for you. This length is flattering and versatile, while the addition of layers accentuates hair’s texture and movement. Just be wary if you have fine hair, which layers can exacerbate.

“I like to call this ‘The Rosie.’ It’s a medium-length haircut that’s great for thicktextured, and/or wavy hair,” says Colette. “The addition of lots of layers helps encourage movement and will simultaneously lighten up heavy hair, which might be easily weighed down otherwise. Then, barely there, long and sweeping fringe keeps it interesting.”



Kerry Washington blunt bob and bangs

An all-over blunt cut is head-turning. Kerry Washington’s blunt bob and bang combo takes this razor-sharp style to the next level. Whether she was inspired by 1920s flappers or Uma Thurman’s character in Pulp Fiction, she gets a solid “10” on our hairstyle-o-meter.


Shoulder Length

Vanessa Hudgens mod, sleek lob

Not too short and not too long, a cut that falls at the shoulders is just right. Celebrity hairstylist Chad Wood agrees: “This look is so versatile and perfect for any occasion. Shoulder-length hair is so chic and classic, and it’s easy to wear either up or down.”

“To show off the angle, it’s especially great worn straight, like Vanessa Hudgens,” he adds. “To achieve this look, you’ll blow-dry first (I love my T3 Cura Luxe Hair Dryer, $285, for optimal, quick results), and then I use the brand’s SinglePass Luxe Straightening and Styling Iron ($180), applying it from roots to ends to smooth out the hair leaving it polished and mod.”


Modern Mullet

Ursula Corbero mullet

The once wince-inducing mullet has gotten a modern makeover. We liken it to wearing your fanny pack as a crossbody: a wearable and fresh take on a retro style. As seen on Úrsula Corberó, today’s mullets are softer and more elegant than they were back in the ’70s and ’80s.


Retro Curls

Gwen Stefani platinum retro curly bob

Is it just us or does Gwen Stefani look like a modern-day Marilyn Monroe? Soft, face-framing curls fall right above her shoulders. This cut naturally lifts limp, fine hair—with a little help from volumizing products like Joico JoiWhip Firm-Hold Design Foam ($18) and Kenra Root Lifting Spray ($17). Pair with a red lip to complete this retro look.


Close Shave

Adwoa Aboa close shave with blue eyeshadow

It doesn’t get much more statement-making than shaving your head. Cheung says this cut is “the ultimate rebellion against the ‘feminine’ stereotype that women need to have long, flowing locks. However, this cut isn’t for the faint of heart, as it pretty much lays you bare to the world, and there is nothing to hide behind once the clippers have stopped.”

Intimidating? Maybe. Liberating? Definitely. “Wearing a shaved cut with confidence is ultimate empowerment, and with that comes an otherworldly beauty,” preaches Cheung.


Voluminous, Graduated Lob

Solange natural curly bob

Keeping with liberating haircuts, take a look at Solange’s full-bodied, textured lob. According to Cheung, “The freedom to embrace our natural texture has been extremely liberating as of late. No longer are we fighting the frizz to attain and maintain the ‘utopian’ smooth hair. This face-framing, voluminous, and graduated lob haircut is super flattering for any face shape and requires little to no styling so you can go about your day.”


Long Layers

Nina Garcia long hair with highlights and curtain bangs

It may seem counterintuitive to feature a celeb who has worn the same style for years, but then again, a classic is a classic. Nina Garcia’s long layered tresses are fool-proof and will flatter nearly any face. The addition of curtain bangs is also one of the easiest bangs to pull off and maintain.


French Bob

Cate Blanchett French bob

A bit shorter than a classic chin-length bob and often—but not always—worn straight with bangs, a French bob is très chic. And in case you’re curious about a bob but are hesitant to get rid of your length, Marjan suggests experimenting with a faux bob.

She explains, “I braid up most of [my client’s] hair, leave out the top layer, then add extensions—either headband-style or clip-ins that I can cut to whatever length and style I want. This is what I did for Khloé Kardashian so she could try out the shorter length before she decided to cut it short.”

The Cut: What’s It Like to Work Out in a Gym Right Now?

The Cut: What’s It Like to Work Out in a Gym Right Now?

Photo-Illustration: by Stevie Remsberg; Photos: Getty Images
While public-health experts have changed their assessments about the transmission of coronavirus at a dizzying pace, there are a few factors that have stuck around as consistent high risks: (1) tightly-packed, (2) indoor spaces, with (3) circulated air that’s filled with the miasma of (4) people breathing hard. And if you alchemize these four high-risk factors, you get the gym, where people inhale each other’s exhales energetically.
But starting last month, gyms began reopening across the land. The plans for gyms are as scattershot, obscurely “phase-oriented,” and geographically uneven as the plans have been for every other category of American life. In Utah, gyms opened in early May. In Texas, gyms opened in mid-May at 25 percent capacity and expanded capacity to 50 percent in early June. In Florida, gyms opened at half-capacity in mid-May, but the city of Miami held off until early June..
As Connecticut entered phase two on June 17, gyms were given two options: Either members had to be kept 12 feet apart, or masks were required and everyone had to stay six feet apart. Gyms in Chicago open today (Friday, June 26) at half-capacity, though some gyms have been allowed to host outdoor classes since earlier this month. Gyms in Los Angeles opened the second week of June. Gyms in New York, however, won’t be opening for a while, even as the state moves into phase four.

To further complicate things, each individual gym institutes its own rules (or lack thereof), while still complying with state or city regulations. As far as I can tell from doctors and infectious-disease experts, the best practices for going to the gym if you must is to trust no one. Ensure that your facility has established generous barriers for social distances, like blocking off every few machines, or that your gym limits the number of attendees. Doctors note that some gym wipes won’t have strong enough disinfectant, so bring your own for any machines or equipment you use — and wait several seconds for the spray to sink in. For gear that’s especially tricky to clean (like kettlebells) bring ’em, if you’ve got ’em.

Regardless, people are back to sweating it out in public spaces. Here are ten dispatches from open gyms across the U.S. from Los Angeles to Atlanta; Portland, Maine, to Stratford, Connecticut.

“You can only workout inside with a $15 chaperone who wipes all the equipment when you’re done and makes sure you stay socially distant.”

I think my gym is one of the first to open in Chicago and may be the model gym for the city. Inside is super sparse and super clean. The classes outside are just picking up and maxing out at ten. People have to wear masks to walk through the gym but once they get to their workout area they can remove them. You can only workout inside for personal training or with a $15 [per hour] chaperone who wipes all the equipment when you’re done and makes sure you stay socially distant.
— Melissa, an instructor at Lakeshore Sport and Fitness, in Chicago, Illinois

“It’s honestly been busier than the first week of January.”

I couldn’t wait to go back to the gym. I love my abs and they almost packed their things and left during COVID. My LA Fitness is doing a really great job of sanitizing and offering sanitizer to all gymgoers. But it is PACKED. It’s honestly been busier than the first week of January. [Another gym chain] didn’t reopen its doors so we had an influx of sign-ups. I think with not all gyms being open, it’s causing ours to be much more crowded. There’s no limit [to the number of people allowed in the gym] as far as I know. People are ecstatic to be able to get their grind on again. Every time I’ve walked in, I instantly hear that viral spring breaker from Florida in my head going “if I get corona, I get corona” but that’s basically how it seems everyone feels.
— Gina, a group fitness instructor at LA Fitness in Orlando, Florida

“It’s a ghost town here.”

We have been open three days so far and it’s pretty dead here. No one wants to come back because everyone is still scared and apprehensive. Overall it’s a ghost town here. The few members who have come in seem happy and excited to be back. A rough estimate would be 20 per day. Everyone has been wearing masks and not causing a fuss. Our community is more understanding and caring of each other, compared to big box gyms. We even have some [masks] on hand if people forget to bring one. We encourage people to work out [on the gym’s patio space] outside. We cleaned all our air filters and have multiple air purifiers as well. We blast the AC and fans too. We don’t have any windows, just the front doors stay open.
— Dee, an assistant manager at Everybody Gym in Los Angeles, California

“All employees must wear a mask, but not clients.”

As soon as you check into the gym they will take your temperature and you put hand sanitizer on. People are taking the necessary precautions that they should’ve been taking before COVID-19. We also have keyless entry, you download the gym mobile app and we will scan your membership barcode through the app. It’s not as full as it used to be but it is gradually increasing. They do have a limit on how many can be in the class and in the gym. They just started the group classes. We don’t allow people to use the yoga mats that are provided at the gym, they must bring their own yoga mats. All employees must wear a mask, but not clients. A lot of people hate the masks. I don’t like them. It gets hot and gets hard to breathe if you are working out.— Tassia, a trainer at LA Fitness in Atlanta, Georgia

“There’s a hands-free scanner so it doesn’t require an employee to get close to take your temperature.”

Equinox has lots of reminders to keep physical distance and hand sanitizers everywhere. There’s a hands-free scanner [a touchless thermometer] connected to a tablet — it looks similar to a souped up iPad — so it doesn’t require an employee to get close to take your temperature. All employees are wearing masks. Members must wear them unless they’re actively working out, which makes sense, given that I get winded wearing a mask to go grocery shopping.
— Paul, a gymgoer at Equinox in Dallas, Texas

“There was an incident last week in which a woman was refusing to put on a mask.”

I also am an essential health-care worker, so I have had to take precautions this entire time and am quite used to spraying things down and cleaning my hands often! There was an incident last week in which a woman was refusing to put on a mask. The other patrons have been encouraged to speak up if they see something like that, or if someone appears sick. Management went and spoke with this woman and after a five-minute conversation they were able to get her to put a mask on. Our gym is pretty unique in that, although it’s busy, we all know one another quite well and look out for one another. That’s why I feel comfortable going there, even though the risk of COVID is still quite high.
— Emily, a gymgoer at the Edge Gym in Stratford, Connecticut

“[My gym] invested over $250,000 in new kinds of cleaning technology such as UV radiation.”

I work at a gym in Chicago teaching outdoor group fitness on the roof. I’m very strict about enforcing the rules and making sure people wear masks and stay at a distance. The rule of thumb is you must maintain social distance if unmasked. [My gym] invested over $250,000 in new kinds of cleaning technology such as UV radiation [disinfecting stations similar to what hospitals use]. Our classes have a ten person capacity and everyone must be spaced ten feet apart. The classes are selling out. It seems like people are excited to get back to the gym. But many of our members have left Chicago and are sheltering in various corners of the country or world with family or in second homes. I think they’re planning to come back but they don’t seem to be in any rush.
— Mikhaila, a group fitness teacher at Lakeshore Sport and Fitness, in Chicago

“It was like the first day of school.”

I’ve been going to two Equinox gyms in Miami since they reopened on June 8. I was there day one! It was like the first day of school. They sent out a long list of safety measures ahead of time, so I knew what to expect: Temperature check upon arrival and mask wearing when not working out. Once people are working out, probably less than 10 percent of people still wear masks. The rest, me included, tuck them away. [There’s] hand sanitizer and wipes throughout the club. Showers and lockers off limits. Amenities like towels and moisturizer are gone. Equipment is more spaced out. You need to reserve a workout time on the app. So far, I’ve had no problem getting a time I want. There are a fair number of people during the p.m. rush, but it’s definitely not crowded. I know they cut the capacity for each class. The mood is pretty positive. I’m guessing those that are nervous are staying home.
— Wayne, a gymgoer who attends two Equinoxes in Miami, Florida

“Some of it does feel performative.”

They lost a lot of people during the lockdown, but since restrictions have lifted I see a lot of new members and prior members coming back. Our gym is currently limiting class size to thirteen, most classes have been sold out and membership appears to be consistent to what it was prior to lockdown. The owner has sanitizer stations set up, equipment that sanitizes the floor after each class, and has taped off boxes on the floor [that show you] to stay in your own workout space. Everyone cleans equipment after each use. It’s as safe as can possibly be. Some of it does feel performative and it’s hard to know if we are doing the right thing, but the gym is going far and beyond to keep the space clean.
— Kelsey, a gymgoer in Portland, Maine

“People definitely are more appreciative of every moment spent in the gym.”

The mood is calm. Nobody is anxious, as the gym is a place where you get rid of stress and anxiety. As everybody knows, Miami is a city where everybody works out and puts emphasis on physical appearance. The space is very well-ventilated, even a little bit colder than usual. They opened on Monday, and Wednesday I was there already. I have a personal trainer that wears a mask constantly. We always wear masks, except the moment when I have to do some cardio. We disinfect every area before and after using it. Everybody is cautious and aware of the social distancing. People definitely are more appreciative of every moment spent in the gym. I think personally, I am more focused on my workout than ever.
— Gabrina, a gymgoer at Equinox in Miami, Florida

Hot Bod is a weekly exploration of fitness culture and its adjacent oddities.

Interviews have been condensed and edited for clarity, and some names have been changed. 

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