Have you been thinking about cutting your hair? If so… we’ve rounded up short-haired celebrities to help inspire you to make the chop! From Pixie cuts to Mohawks here are some ideas for your next salon visit.

Women across all ages and race have a close relationship with their hair. Our hair is very much connected to our identity and it is a defining feature in how we are seen by others and sometimes how we view ourselves. It’s not just hair, it’s your crown, your pride and what makes you feel beautiful.

Now with the hot weather upon us, heavy hairstyles such as wigs and braids can be a nightmare to endure. The heat gets trapped inside your hair and scalp making you feel uncomfortable, sweaty and itchy the whole day. This summer why not consider shorter hairstyles? Short hair keeps you feeling cool while looking trendy and chic. It also is less work in the mornings when running late or getting ready for an event. The coolest thing about short hair is that it shows off your face beautifully and is an open canvas – giving you the freedom to play with make-up options and fun accessories.

Coco Chanel famously said, “A woman who cuts her hair is about to change her life”. Whether it’s a pixie cut or a clean buzz cut, whichever crop you prefer we are sure you’ll find something to your fancy.


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This has been Toni Braxton’s signature look ever since she came into the music scene in the early ’90s. She keeps on reinventing her look every decade but this pixie cut is always part of her style no matter what. Her gorgeous jawline is accentuated and she’s able to show off her accessories very well.

R&B singer Monica has the perfect face shape for this style, the layers highlight her features and bring out her eyes.

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Gail’s pixie cut has more volume on top, which elongates her face and gives her extra height. This is a great way to show off her perfect cheekbones and flawless skin.


Social media influencer and beauty YouTuber, Mihlali Ndamase, has many hairstyles she shows off on her YouTube channel and social media. One that stands out the most and suits her very well is this platinum blonde short cut. She also plays with make-up techniques that highlight her eyes and keeps accessories to a minimum.

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Naturally beautiful, Amber Rose, does not need to work hard on her look. She loves her blonde short cut, and does very little on her face, because the style stands out on its own. When going out she loves to add on oversized dark sunglasses for that dramatic effect.

The charismatic Anele Mdoda is not afraid to take risks when it comes to her hair. She went with a rougher touch on her blonde cut by creating coils and twists to give it a little edge.


The all-time favourite short hairstyle that’s been around season after season, is the traditional buzz cut. Not very far from the Chiskop, some call it a brush cut or a round shave, whatever you choose to call it your barber will definitely know what you’re going for. Movie star, Sanaa Lathan took this hair route for her latest movie ‘Nappily Ever After’ and she looked breathtaking with simple make-up and oversized accessories.

Although it’s a simple and straightforward hairstyle, that does not mean you cannot play with your hair. Black Panther movie actress, Danai Gurera, created beautiful artistic designs to add a bit of creativity. You too can try this but make sure you have a reliable barber who will trim your design immaculately.

In 2018 Tamar took a brave 360 turn in her hair journey when she decided to go for the chop and took a break from her wig collection. She described it as a liberating experience and it has worked out for her because she looks amazing.


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This style is very popular among our very own celebrities such as Nandi Madida who likes to experiment with different colour shades. It became hugely popular with the passing of Mandela and became known as the Mandela shave with the horizontal line representing Madiba’s hair cut in his boxing days.

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"My hair is something that, historically, has been shunned. I mean, how often do you hear, 'You can't get a job with hair like that'? Natural, African, kinky hair — it's often been painted as uncivilized or wild.” – Lupita Nyong'o in Allure Magazine

Our very own Miss South Africa had the whole country in awe when she won the prestigious Miss SA 2019 competition with just a simple haircut that costs R40. Zozibini Tunzi is a natural beauty with an amazing face profile and her hairstyle kept things ethnic and authentically South African. It’s very low maintenance and you can keep it looking sharp by asking your barber to sharpen your edges correctly.


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A Mohawk is definitely for the more daring and wild personalities. Musicians like P!NK pull it off so well, with her rock star persona she’s able to look fabulous on and off stage. Styling it with different colours is a great way to show it off, and you can also comb it up with the sides firmly laid down with gel.

Jada Pinkett-Smith is not your average 48-year-old mom with 2 adult kids. She’s very playful with her hair, which is often short. Her Mohawk is pristine, neatly layered at the back with dark roots that contrast against her blonde hair. You can try this with your natural hair as well or get hair extensions to create the hair volume on the top of your head.

Luthando Sosha is always looking trendy and whenever she’s out everything is always on point from clothing to make-up and especially her hair. She loves short hair and the Mohawk is her favourite. She kept the look in hip-hop style theme with gold dangling earrings, dark lipstick and a hoodie.


South African songstress Lira has kept her natural look and style for a long time. She prefers cropped curls most of the time but sometimes opts for shorter hair or a mini Afro. It’s very easy to achieve this look but make sure your hair is moisturized and healthy.

Taraji is very vocal about her hair choices on her social media. She recently decided to give her wigs and weaves a break and her natural hair a chance to shine. To spice things up she dyed her hair in a rich auburn colour that boosts her complexion and complements her skin tone.

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Viola Davis trended on the beauty and fashion blogs in 2012 when she chose to attend the Oscars in her natural hair in cropped curls. With her a beautiful smile she looked radiant and when asked about her hair decision she told Essence magazine, “I feel very powerful, I really do. I feel more powerful every day, more secure in who I am, and I’ve waited so long for that…. It feels so divine.”

When you visit the salon make sure they do not process or relax your hair, this can be done with your own natural hair and natural curls.
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