23 Types of Women’s Hairstyles – Do You Know them All?

Women's hairstyles collageHave you considered wearing your hair differently, or do you have an idea for a fancy event? There are many types of women’s hairstyles to choose from, and while it’s great to have so many options, the choices can also be a little overwhelming.

While there’s always the motto, “It’s just hair!” you want to be able to pick a hairstyle that you know you’ll enjoy and one that will make you feel good. Although some people have “rules” about what hairstyles look best on some women, you should pick a hairstyle that you love and makes you feel confident.

Don’t know where to start? Here are some of the most popular types of women’s hairstyles to choose from; pick your favorite, and don’t be afraid to play with your hair a bit.

Women’s Hairstyles Chart (Overview)

Women's hairstyles chart with diagramsBeehive

Woman with beehive hairstyleWhen you hear “beehive,” you may think of Marge Simpson’s blue hairdo or even Amy Winehouse’s or Adele’s hair. The beehive hairstyle comes in many sizes, and it’s been a big hit since the 1960s. The beehive used to be a complete and “conical” up-do; today, it’s more of a half down/half up look.

Although today’s version isn’t as high as it used to be, beehives make a statement and can glam up any outfit or event. Going on a picnic or headed to a party? The beehive hairstyle works at any level. Get ready to tease that hair, get a little volume, and add a little spray to hold the hair.


Visit our bob hairstyles gallery. Woman with brunette bob hairstyle“The Bob” is a quintessential haircut that looks good on every woman regardless of hair texture or color. The Bob hairstyle can have straight and classic lines or be inverted with many angles. Bobs can be short or long, and they are a perfect look for everyday and sophisticated for fancier events. Never had a bob haircut? Maybe it’s time.

While the bob haircut is usually all in one layer, you can have it layered to add a little volume and dimension to your hairstyle.


Check out our women’s braided hairstyle gallery here. Woman with braided hairstyleWere you under 10 the last time you wore braids in your hair? Braids aren’t just for little girls or fairy tale princesses. Whether you have a short bob or long hair that falls past your shoulders, you can find a braid that will fit your style and personality. Get creative, have a little fun, and play around with braids in your hair.

Braided hair can be practical when working out in the garden or add sophistication to a dinner party or a wedding. Love flowers or ribbons? You can always accessorize with a braided hairstyle, too. A bonus about braids? When you take your braids out, you’ll have wavy, “beachy” hair (another great hairstyle).


Visit our bun hairstyles for women gallery here. Woman with bun hairstyle

There are a lot of stereotypes about the bun hairstyle (uptight librarians, old-fashioned grandmas, and ballerinas, to name a few). Wearing a bun can be practical, but it can add instant glam to any outfit. The bun hairstyle doesn’t need to be high and tight; it can be messy and loose; there’s no right or wrong way to wear a bun.


Woman with cornrows hairstyleCornrow braids have a deep history that may date back as far as 500 B.C. Cornrows are intricate; they can take hours to complete depending on the hair length or desired design. Hairstylists who know how to braid cornrows have real talent.

While cornrows may not be the best look for every woman, the hairstyle is a work of art and should be admired for all the work put into each row of braids.

Crew Cut

Woman with crewcutFor decades, the crew-cut hairstyle was strictly reserved for men. Often viewed as a “military cut” because it’s no-nonsense and is kept short on the sides with a little length on top, few women have felt “bold” enough to pull off this look. Why not try out a look that’s easy to maintain and looks great on women?

The crew-cut hairstyle can also be slicked back, styled, or accessorized with sparkly hairpins for a glamorous look.


Check out our dyed hairstyles gallery here. Woman with red and yellow dyed hairA dyed hairstyle may be one of the most fun types of women’s hairstyles. Whether you’ve always wanted to be a blonde or you have had your eye on the latest dip-dye hairstyles, dyed hair is always in fashion. Dyed hair can match your existing hair color (to hide gray hairs) or your signature color.

You can use a washout dye or go permanent. Dye your whole head or just a section of hair. Whatever color you choose, have a little fun and be that redhead or purple-haired woman you’ve always wanted to be; express yourself through dyed hair.


Woman with goth hairstylesGoth hairstyles are as unique as those who are into the Goth look. Despite what you may think, there are many “looks” to being Goth, and it’s not just spiky black hair with multiple layers. Do you like the Steampunk Goth look, or are you more into Vampire Goth? Do a little browsing online and see what works best for you.

Half Up, Half Down

Visit our half-up, half-down gallery. Woman with hair half up and half down

Do you love the look of an updo but feel like it’s too formal for an everyday hairstyle? The half-up and half-down hairstyle is versatile and can be worn to a formal event or a day at the beach. Curl the bottom half of your hair or do a little beehive-inspired “bump” to the upper half.

A half-up/half-down hairstyle works on all types and lengths of hair. Pin back your upper half with an antique hairpin, or use a hairband that blends in with your hair color.


See our highlights photo gallery here. Women with highlights in hair

Highlights are another option if you don’t want to go all out for a full-dye job. Highlights are slightly more subtle and add more dimension and depth to a hairstyle. While highlights are traditionally a more “conservative” option for hair color, they can also add a fun pop of color to any head of hair.

Get all-over highlights or just a few; you have as many options with highlights as you do with dyed hair. When you visit your stylist, they may also suggest lowlights (which are like highlights but are darker than your natural color) to make your highlights more noticeable.


You can see our layered hairstyles for women here. Woman with layered hairstyle

When you think of layered hair, Jennifer Aniston’s “The Rachel” might pop into your head immediately. While “The Rachel” helped women embrace layers, the layered hairstyle has been around for a long time.

Adding a few layers can transform your look if you feel stuck in a rut with your hairstyle. Layers are also a great option for a cut that frames your face. Layers work with straight or curly hair, adding or removing volume. Layers shape a haircut and are used on almost every cut.

Layering is popular with all hair lengths and can add dimension to most haircuts. Another great thing about a layered hairstyle is that you can start small and always have your stylist add more layers later.


Visit our loose hairstyles gallery here. Woman with loose hairstyle

A loose hairstyle can be anything from a “messy bun” to something similar to a “half up, half down” hairstyle. A loose hairstyle might look like you rolled right out of bed, but it is much better (usually with curls and volume). Loose hairstyles are usually more relaxed than tight braids or formal updos.

Low Bun

Woman with low bun hairstyle

A low bun hairstyle is perfect for a wedding or a cocktail party. It’s a sophisticated look that makes you look “put together” but doesn’t take much time (or hairspray). Low buns can be small and simple or big and bold. Experiment a bit and accessorize with a lovely hairpin.


See more perms in our perm photo gallery here. Woman with perm

If you grew up in or have any recollection of the 1980s, perms have a bad reputation. Curling straight hair is nothing new and dates back to centuries of trial and error. While the early chemical perms left hair feeling over-processed and unnatural, today’s perms look healthier and more natural.


See our extensive pixie cut photo gallery here. Woman with pixie haircut

The pixie hairstyle has been a fashion statement for decades, particularly in Hollywood, and continues to be a head-turning hairstyle on the red carpet. The pixie cut usually cut short on the back and sides with longer hair on top, is a pretty versatile and low-maintenance hairstyle.

Women who get a pixie cut may opt for a short or slightly longer pixie. Color and hair texture don’t matter; pixie cuts are often mixed with other hairstyles. The classic pixie cut looks glamorous at a dinner party and is sensible for a week-long camping trip.


Check out our ponytails gallery. Woman with ponytail

Maybe you’ve never thought about a ponytail as a hairstyle, but it can be, and many women wear it as such. A ponytail can be high, low, on the side, and even in pairs (if you feel a little whimsical).

Although ponytails are often a hairstyle for athletes or when trying to make sense of some out-of-control frizzy hair, a ponytail can also be an elegant hairstyle and make a statement.


Woman with shaved haircut

A shaved hairstyle can be empowering and is as low maintenance as possible. A shaved head is a great way to start over if your current hairstyle and color seem overwhelming. Remember, hair always grows back.

If you’re not ready to take the plunge and go all out (think Demi Moore in G.I. Jane), you can shave the sides or just one side and even consider an undercut with an interesting design.

Short Sides

Woman with short sides haircut

Who says that men are the only ones who can pull off a hairstyle with short sides? Women’s hairstyles today don’t have any rules. The only rule is that if you like it, give it a try.

A hairstyle with short sides can be any cut, like the crew cut or the pixie. You can have the sides cut close or have the sides shaved. Short sides can be hidden by long hair for a more professional and formal look, but short sides can look glamorous, too.

Short Slicked

Click here for slicked-back hairstyles for women. Woman with slicked hairstyle

A short, slicked-back hairstyle is elegant, simple, and perfect for showcasing a new pair of chandelier earrings. You can slick back your hair if you already have a short cut like a pixie or crew cut. The slicked-back look also works great with the bob hairstyle.

Wet your hair, comb it back, and use a little product; you’ve got a short-slicked hairstyle that looks elegant and attractive.

Side Swept

See a lot more side-swept styles here. Woman with side-swept hairstyle

A side-swept hairstyle looks elegant and effortless. It looks like you just tossed your long curls across your shoulder, or the wind gently swept your hair out of your face. A side-swept hairstyle works with long hair, shorter cuts like the bob, or even one with shaved sides.

Whether you side sweep your bangs or all your hair, it can be a transforming look that exudes confidence, class, and personality.


Check out our massive gallery of hairstyles with bangs. Woman with bangs

Bangs are an entire style that warrants its page because there are many types. This aspect of a haircut is very important and can make or break your style.

The bangs are the hair that covers the forehead. Of course, not every style incorporates bangs, although many do.

When looking for haircut inspiration, bangs are something to consider carefully.


Visit our tousled hairstyle gallery

The tousled look is slightly messy, giving off that laissez-faire attitude.

Once you’ve found a hairstyle that you think you’d like to have, visit your hairstylist (particularly if it’s a haircut). Go online, look at magazines, and select pictures featuring your favorite hairstyle parts.

If you like more than one type of hairstyle, take all pictures and ideas to your stylist, who will help you create the perfect look. Remember, don’t be afraid to try something new.

Your stylist can help you find a look that’s low maintenance if you’re a low-maintenance person or something that requires a little more work if you don’t mind expanding your morning routine. The right hairstyle can make you feel confident, showcase your favorite features (like your high cheekbones), and make you feel glamorous even when shopping for groceries.


Visit our styles gallery here. Woman with upstyle hairstyle applied in hair salon

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