Going short is becoming popular these days, but once you’ve chopped all of your hair off, what do you do with it? If you have the basic hair tools like a straightener, a curling iron, a blow-dryer, mousse, hairspray and anti-frizz serum, you’re off to a good start already. But even with the right tools, it can be challenging to pull off a short hairstyle no matter how easy the women on TV make it look. Since you don’t have a team of stylists following you around, you need to take matters into your own hands.
This being said, here are some hairstyling tips and tricks you can use when styling your short hair.
Things & Tricks to Know When Styling Short Hair
Choose the Right Shape
The first thing to think about when getting a short hairstyle is the shape you want to have. There are a variety of short hairstyles to choose from, and you should talk to a hairstylist about what would look good on you before taking the scissors to your strands. Take into consideration your face shape, face size, and hair type to avoid getting a hairstyle that is totally wrong for you.
You shouldn’t get a pixie cut if you have a long face because you’ll look too much like a boy!
And remember:, unlike a new blow-dryer, you can’t return the haircut you’ve purchased.
Body and Lift
The blow-dryer is one of the most versatile tools for adding body and lift to short hair, but not everyone knows how to use it.
Just by using a round brush in combination with a blow-dryer, you are able to achieve more body and lift. A round thermal brush will give you the same look, but is sometimes troublesome if you get it stuck in your hair.
Use products designed to give more body, in combination with your blow-dryer and fingers to create a messy, but classy just-woke-up look.
Volume and Texture
For more volume and texture:
Dry your hair; when it is about half-dry, apply a dime-sized amount of styling gel, balm, or mousse to your hair. Work the product through starting underneath the hair, and begin blow drying using your fingers to tousle, lift, and tease your hair (or use a finger diffuser attachment on your dryer).
To get more fullness, section off small parts of your hair and blow dry your hair working from the tips up to the roots. To make the style more put-together, try using a curling iron to touch up the tips, and then add styling paste to add texture.
Smooth and Shiny
To get a smooth and shiny short-haired look:
- Begin by using a towel to dry your hair as much as possible. The closer your hair gets to being dry, the closer it gets to its natural form. Plus, you will avoid stressing and damaging your hair by removing the bulk of the moisture, and you’ll save time by drying it too.
- Once you’ve taken the extra moisture off, apply a styling product evenly throughout the hair, and begin sectioning your hair off with clips.
- Clip the top layers so that you can start blow drying the under layers. Aim the dryer downward starting from the roots, and moving toward the tips using a bristle paddle brush; this will give you the smooth finish you want. Be sure that your hair is fully dry before starting on another layer of hair because if the hair isn’t dry, it will go back to its natural form.
- Complete the style with a shine spray to take care of any frizz, and avoid brushing your hair once you’ve finished styling.
Hot Rollers and Curls
Dry hair thoroughly before using heated rollers; along with this, most stylists will suggest using hot rollers when hair hasn’t been washed recently. Cover your hair with hairspray before dividing it into even sections using a fine-toothed comb.
Start at the crown of your head, then work your way down the back, and finally to the sides. Comb the first section of your hair; then spray again before rolling it onto a roller.
You will get the best results by using sections that are smaller than the roller being used. Using a section of hair that is too big will lessen the tension, and make the curl less likely to hold. To help the hair stay in place, a good trick is to put a piece of paper between your hair and the roller, then roll your hair around the roller, and pull the ends until you don’t see the ends; this eliminates those annoying fish hooks.
Try twisting your hair before putting it on the rollers because this gives you more of a spiral curl than a bouncy curl.
Coloring Your Short Hair
Coloring your short hair is another big decision, and there are several things to take into account here like the color of your skin.
When using skin tone to measure hair color, people divide skin tones into two sections: warm and cool.
Warm skin tones are olive, brown, or gold in color. Someone with a warm skin tone should avoid using cooler hair colors like black or dark brown because the contrast can sometimes be too harsh.
People with cooler skin tones include those with blue-white, rose, or pale skin. Cool skin tones who use warm hair colors like red or light brown will also have harsh contrast.
If you decide to dye your hair or get highlights, it looks best when you go a shade or two darker (or lighter) than your natural hair color, so that you don’t have unattractive contrast.
In any case, short hair can be just as versatile and sexy as long hair, so don’t be afraid to change your hair length, color, and shape. You can play-up your new look by changing makeup and accessories to draw more attention to your face.
The best part of having short hair is being able to show off your neck, shoulders, and ears. So put some body shimmer lotion on your shoulders to highlight them, wear some big earrings, and wear a shirt that will show off your neck.