You should cut all of your hair off for summer—here is the proof
Cool girl crop
It's hot girl summer all year round in this corner of the world (excepting monsoon season), so there is no time like the present to jump on the season's hottest trend: The Hot Girl crop. Whether you're in need of a major hair refresh, or you're just looking for a fresh start, now is the perfect time to go short.
From edgy pixies to trendy bobs and even platinum buzzcuts, the cool girl crop comes in many shapes and sizes. Depending on how much you're willing to commit to the craft, we've curated a range of cropped looks to serve as some stellar (DIY-optional) hair inspo:
Hunter Schafer's straight, blunt bob
Stave away the summer swelter with a blunt bob à la Euphoria starlet Hunter Schafer. The simple, bare-bones cut is a great way to switch up your look without risking too much emotional whiplash. Plus, it helps that it's so versatile—slick it down into a chic, put-together look for your weekly Zoom meetings or spritz it with a little salt spray for some enviable, beachy texture.
TIP: To achieve the look at home, get a friend (or a family member) to help you with the back—straight hair is unforgiving when it comes to crooked cuts.
Tashi Rodriguez's blunt, voluminous bob
Take your bob to the next level with a little extra volume—this blunt cut puts those curls to good use, juxtaposing the severe triangular silhouette with soft, bouncy ringlets for a gorgeous, fresh look. The best part? Having ringlets means no one will be able to tell if your at-home cut is senget.
TIP: If you don't have natural curls, store-bought is fine—go wild with your curling irons or (when salons reopen) a perm will do the trick perfectly!
Ashley Benson's choppy, copper-toned lob
As the latest celeb to sport 2021's biggest hair trend, copper red, the Pretty Little Liars alumni proves just why the bob is the summer season's most enduring trend. Throw a few tousled layers into the mix for texture and you've got yourself an effortless everyday 'do.
Now, we don't recommend DIY-ing this cut if you're starting from scratch. However, if you're growing out old layers (from a shag cut, for example) and you're looking to get rid of some dead weight (read: your length), this is a great cut to consider. Just make sure to get someone to help you with the back—again, straight hair textures are not forgiving to uneven cuts.
Rihanna's Mia Farrow-esque pixie
The last time we saw the inimitable Bad Gal sporting the full Rosemary's Baby was back in 2014, so it's about time that she revisited the look. For those who are looking to adopt the pixie but are nervous to take the leap, fret not—though it lacks in the versatility of length, pixie cuts are still wonderfully versatile. Case in point: The soft layers in Rihanna's pixie add a more feminine quality to the cut, but is also easily slicked back to add an edgier streak.
Now, this look is a little tricky to achieve at home, so we do recommend waiting for the salons to open up before you try this cut. That said, if you're impatient, we do have a nifty guide to DIY men's haircuts—if you're feeling brave.
Iris Law's platinum buzz
Are you open to trying something very rad? Take a leaf out of Iris Law's book and get buzzin'! The model's latest bleached blonde buzzcut is the perfect way to start afresh—and it leaves plenty of room for experimentation. Once you tire of the blonde, try experimenting with every hue of the rainbow! In fact, you could even incorporate patterns into your dye job. Just have fun!
Jada Pinkett-Smith and Willow Smith's clean shaves
Speaking of the buzzcut, the dynamic duo of the Red Table Talk have also taken to the trend, opting for a much closer shave than Miss Law. The clean shave works to accentuate the pair's stellar bone structure and has the added bonus of being unreasonably easy to maintain—again, all you need is a set of hair clippers.
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