Take the chop for the new year: Short hairstyles for all ages

New Year is the perfect time for reinventing yourself with a new look, so why not consider transforming your current hairstyle by taking the chop.

Short hair can suit any age, and is a great way of starting anew, whether you're looking for a change, feel your hair is tired and unhealthy, or simply want to get away from the style you've had for the last ten years.

And we've been shown exactly how it's done from celebs of all ages. From Harry Potter's young Emma Watson, to Anne Hathaway who recently shed the long tresses for her part in Les Miserables, and Cameron Diaz who once said that her short haircut was "freeing".

Mature women needn't fear the loss of length in their locks either. Jamie Lee Curtis looks fantastic with her close-cut pixie cut, as does the iconic Bond star, 78-year-old Dame Judi Dench.

Straight, choppy, wavy or sleek – be inspired by our gallery of stunning celebrities representing all the decades of youth. 

After the Harry Potter series came to a close, Emma Watson swiftly chopped off the long, curly locks associated with her character Hermione in the movies. Opting instead for a choppy mane, Emma now keeps her do sophisticated for evening events with a slicked back finish 

Anne Hathaway
, who went for a drastic cut as part of her role in Les Miserables as the destitute Fantine kept the do for her wedding day to Adam Schulman in September 2012 and has since been seen wearing her crop with a sophisticated side-parting 

Known for her sporty and energetic enthusiasm, Cameron Diaz keeps her hair manageble with a trendy bob that has added volume with its many layers 

Grow up grey-fully like Jamie Lee Curtis with a short, sharp pixie cut that takes years off your face 

Looking fantastic with her golden-grey chop, Dame Judi Dench had a fantastic year in 2012 with the success of Skyfall, celebrating her final appearance as M in the James Bond franchise