Timeline of Short Haircuts

   It is incredible how popular short haircuts for women have become in the last couple of years. Of course, women have worn their hair short for a very long time now, and there are always women who prefer it that way, but this year it is actually a trend. The first trend of short haircuts for women probably was during the 1920s or 30s, when women started flaunting their independence and went from long locks tightly styled on their heads to radically short bobs with finger curls. This hairstyle was also called the faux finger wave bob and many of the day’s starlets wore it, which helped spread its popularity.

In fact, it was in that era that eponymous hairstyles, or ”wannabe” hairstyles emerged, when women would go to the hair salon and ask for a haircut by mentioning the name of a celebrity. That is how the “Louise Brooks bob” was born, and both other celebrities and regular women would often ask for it in hair salons. Some decades later, in the 1960s, short haircuts for women became popular again, partly thanks to the beautiful and iconic actress, Audrey Hepburn. But Hepburn didn’t always wear that short and endearing bob that gave her an elfish look; she had a number of hairstyles that women imitated over the years. So, when a woman would go to the hairstylist and asked for the “Audrey Hepburn look”, she probably meant the actress’ latest hairstyle, whether it was long or short.

More recently, but on a more limited scale, a short hairstyle trend was set by American musician Dido, who popularized her “Dido flip” at the beginning of the 2000s. This hairstyle was mainly shoulder-length, and it featured chopped edges and various shades; the singer stated that she had not intended to set a trend, but nevertheless many of her fans adopted this haircut for a short period of time. Today, short haircuts for women are very popular again, and especially bob variations and pixie cuts.

With celebrities like Anne Hathaway, Michelle Williams, Emma Watson, Rihanna or Carey Mulligan sporting short and medium bobs in various styles, it’s no wonder that everyone wants to identify with their beauty and graceful femininity. Although it is generally said that long hair is a symbol of female beauty, women have been proving for years that short haircuts can be just as sensual or cute.