Styling Short Hair: Tips for Rockin’ Those Short Locks!

styling short hairAh, the feeling of a new haircut. Isn’t it wonderful – a weight taken off of your shoulders, less shampoo used in the shower…

But wait. A new haircut means a whole new way of styling, and sometimes this task can seem incredibly daunting, even to those who are style savvy. Have no fear! No matter what length of short hair you have – whether it be a pixie cut or a graduated bob – there’s a style for you. And for those who tend to stay clear of hair products, just remember: less is more.

Short hair accentuates the face, so once you’ve perfected your style, make sure you play up your eyes! Learning the proper ways of applying makeup will pull your look together and leave you feeling beautiful and radiant. Don’t forget to properly take care of your face so it can be the softest and smoothest it can possibly be.

The Short (and Long) of It

When someone says “short hair”, a lot of different lengths can come to mind. To me, short hair is anything above the shoulders. But to people with short pixie cuts, hair slightly above the shoulder is really long! Because of the diversity in short haircuts, it’s important to understand what types of styles are best for each length. And within each length, there are different styles depending on whether you have curly hair or straight hair. Ready to find your perfect style?

Pixie Cuts

Contrary to popular belief, pixie cuts are not an easy wash-and-go style. Those with curly hair may find that their curls turn into big poufs after washing, and those with straight hair may find cowlicks that they never knew existed. If you have made the switch to a pixie cut, be prepared to give your hair a little bit of love before going out in the morning.

If you have straight hair and a pixie cut, you may need to use some products to make your hair appear to have more volume. With fine, straight hair, a pixie cut tends to lay close to the head and – depending on your face shape and body type – can be unflattering. By using some texturizing powder and blow-drying your hair upside-down, you’ll be surprised how much body your hair can have with very little work!

If you have curly hair and a pixie cut, your hair will naturally have some body and volume. While this can be wonderful for short hair, you may have problems with your curls getting too poofy without a lot of hair to weight them down. To solve this problem, you should let your hair air-dry naturally and not brush it very often. Using a small amount of anti-frizz product along with a small amount of styling gel will keep your beautiful locks in place all day long.


Bobs are a timeless classic. From Audrey Hepburn to Audrey Tautou, style icons throughout the decades are rocking this look, and for good reason! They can be sleek and blunt-cut, or roughed up around the edges with a razor. No matter what your face shape, there is a variation of the classic bob that will look wonderful on you! The trick is knowing how to style it to get it just right. If you’re interested in recreating looks from decades past, check out this wonderful course on different decades of beauty.

If you have straight hair and a bob, it’s easy to go for the straight and sleek look – especially because this hairstyle is especially flattering for straight hair. In order to perfect your style, you should blow-dry your hair using a large round brush. While drying your hair, use the brush to taper the ends of your hair in towards your face. By applying a small amount of shine serum to your hair before blow-drying, your hair will end up sleek and smooth with very little effort.

If you have curly hair and a bob, apply a small amount of mousse to damp hair, scrunch, and then blow-dry on low with a diffuser. This technique works best for those with wavy to slightly curly hair, since it will accentuate your curls and bring out the natural volume of your hair. If you have extremely curly hair, you’ll find it easier to blow-dry your hair with a diffuser until it’s 80% dry, and then finish off your look by air-drying it and adding a small bit of curl defining cream to keep control of your locks.

The Graduated Bob

This type of short hairstyle has become increasingly popular lately, due to the versatility of the style and the ability to try out a shorter, sassier look without having to chop off all of your hair. As a longer version of the traditional bob, the graduated bob is flattering for all face shapes and body types, making it a popular choice for those who are looking to try out something new.

If you have straight hair and a graduated bob, you’ll want to add a bit of wave to give your hair some texture. This can be easily accomplished by blow-drying your hair as you usually would, using a bit of shine serum to make sure everything is sleek and beautiful. You can then use a curling iron or flat iron to twist and curl certain parts of the front of your hair so that they’re not lying flat around your face. Set your style with a light-hold hairspray. Using a lot of hair product will weigh down your hair, so try to use the least amount possible.

If you have curly hair and a graduated bob, you’re lucky enough to already have the volume and body needed to make this hairstyle pop! As with all lengths of hair, you’ll need to keep your curls in check so that they don’t frizz or become unmanageable. You can style your curls the same way you would with a shorter bob, by drying them 80% of the way with a diffuser and then air-drying the rest of the way. Using a mixture of anti-frizz serum and curl defining cream will keep your curls shiny and voluminous all day long.

It’s time to ditch limp, flat hair!

Styling short hair can seem intimidating at first, but understanding your own hair type is the first step to having gorgeous, silky locks day after day. Whether you have straight hair, curly hair, or something in-between, there are products and techniques that will make your hair easy to manage. Once you learn the best way to style your hair, you’ll feel fresh and rejuvenated every morning. After all, what’s better than a good hair day? To keep your hair healthy, this course on improving your inner and outer beauty will give you the tips and tricks you need.

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