How To Style Short Hair
It might be the first time you’ve ever cut your hair so short, and there might be multiple reasons for it. Short hair can be easy to maintain, restorative of broken or over-colored hair, empowering for work, lighter, freer, easy to style, and cheaper in the medium-term, due to having to visit the salon less often. If you’ve ready for the chop, then here are some great tips that should enable you to do it right, and do it with style, so that it’s a positive step forward.
The name implies playfulness and mischief, the look carrying that kind of Tinker Bell charm. Currently, big names like Scarlett Johansson are making it popular, and she seems to have a subtle variation to it every time she hits the red carpet. Her two most successful looks are the side-swept and the voluminous style. The voluminous one is great for a night out and can be achieved with a volume spray and a curling iron. Simply spray and then run various sections through a thick curling iron. You can vary the iron to alter the height and texture desired. The side-swept look can be achieved with some styling putty or wax – it’s not rocket science!
A blunt haircut doesn’t need much in the way of hair styling product. It’s essentially a cut without layers, and suits women who have naturally very straight or fine hair. It can also be more textured for those whose hair has a bit more body. It can have the pleasant bonus of getting rid of split ends, helping you to maintain the health of your hair without you having to do a lot to achieve that. Ask your stylist to help you create a high fashion look, and name-drop Jourdan Dunn. This supermodel sports a blunt bob which accentuates her collarbone. You might want to ask for ombre in order to soften the stark effect. Your stylist will be able to curl the hair away from your face, thus creating a chic and cool, contemporary end result.
The old is now new, especially when superstar Taylor Swift is sporting it. It can be achieved in a few ways; think ‘The Great Gatsby’ or ‘Bugsy Malone’ and you’ll get the idea. Taylor Swift actually combines it with bangs in order to produce a stunning finish. With or without bangs, though, you’ll need curling irons and pins to get it in place. Once set, un-pin and unravel each curl with a comb; this will loosen the wave and reveal a bounce that will instantly transport you to 1920s cool and then back again to retro, classic, chic.
Bohemian is all about looking like you don’t care when in fact you do. Ashley Benson is well known for wearing short beach waves with a bohemian twist. Actually, one of her looks includes braids and a faux shave. Whichever way you have it you’ll need curling irons and then a brush to create soft waves. You need to be quite relaxed and not fuss about achieving a polished end result; the whole point is to appear artsy and pleasantly aloof. Be sure to leave the ends out when curling with the iron.
Slick, dead straight hair can leave you looking sharp and sophisticated, if you get it right. Rose Byrne often adopts such a look, playing around with variations upon a theme. You’ll need a hair straightener, but not before effecting a crisp center or side part, gelling evenly, then combing through dampened hair which is then blow-dried. The straightener is now ready to be run through the hair, as close to the roots as possible. If you happen to have naturally straight hair then you can bend the ends under, using a round brush when blow-drying.
Hair that is not really short but growing back after being short is in a middle phase, sometimes known as a ‘lob’. Stars like Elizabeth Olsen have made it their own and seem to be permanently reveling in that mid-way growth, neither too short nor too long. She has been seen wearing shaggy waves and a curly updo in order to achieve a smooth and confident finish. You’ll need a double-barreled iron to make it work; then manipulate the hair in different directions and use spray wax for texture and shine.
These styles can all be experimented, and complemented with hair color, different brands of spray wax and styling putty. You’ll need to be brave when first trying it, but remember, it will grow back! If at first it doesn’t seem to be working, consider using volume conditioner, and blow-drying for a more mature, presidential look. You can also try sweeping it to one side, or maybe the other. And then as it grows back there are many other styles and fashions which can be tried out. Your wardrobe will also suit certain styles over others. As your hair changes, so will your clothes.
Now is the time to go for the chop. What have you got to lose, other than your hair! Ask your stylist to help, and before long you’ll be mastering your own brand of sophistication and calm self-control. If in doubt, just look at have a look at some of the celebs mentioned above, and decide whether they look stronger and more self-assured with or without their long, flowing locks.