Butch Hairstyles for Women

Evan Rachel Wood adds some curly texture to her butch short style.

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Whether you want a political cut a la President Barack Obama's female administration employees, or something that makes you look edgy and rock-star cool, a butch style is how to get it. Don't be turned off by the term -- butch essentially means short and androgynous, which can be just as sexy as long, curled tresses.

Classic Boy

There's so much you can do with a classic boy cut that's a little longer on top than it is on the sides. If your hair is naturally straight, this is the go-to for some wash-and-go style with versatility. All you need is a pot of pomade or texturizing paste. Part it on the side and swoop your bangs forward, then add some pomade to separate the pieces for a conservative office style. If you want to go for something all-out messy and wild, a dollop of texturizing paste through your hair gives you a maxed-out bedhead look.

Pixie Girl

Pixie haircuts can be worn by women both young and old. Just look at pictures of Charlize Theron from the 1990s or current photos of Jamie Lee Curtis, Halle Berry or Ginnifer Goodwin. If you have strong features, a short style is just the thing. Spray some hair styling wax at your roots to give them volume and tussle the look. Solid wax on your fingers rubbed through random pieces of hair gives a stand-out spiked style that's perfect for the weekend.

Faux Hawk

A faux hawk is never out of style, and it's androgynous to the Nth degree. Women who play up styles borrowed from the boys know the strength of feminine appeal you can drum up with it by wearing dramatic makeup. Get a boy cut and make sure the top of your hair is the longest part, several inches longer than the rest. Use gel and hair spray to mold the center part into a cheeky little continuous spike that runs down to the base of your cut at your neck.


A buzz cut is the ultimate in butch style. Whether you want to give homage to the punk movement from the '70s or recreate Sinead O'Connor's style from the '80s, a buzz is where it's at. If you know how to use a pair of clippers or have a friend that does, it can be done at home, too. Nothing wrong with saving a little dough by skipping the salon. Not to mention you can save money at the beauty supply store -- this style requires no products, just your pretty face.

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