A few months ago I cut off my long, luscious locks and donated them to locks of love. As wonderful as it felt to donate my long locks to such a wonderful cause, I had never in my life had such short hair.
For weeks I was stumped on how I would style this new short hair, and I was also annoyed at how difficult it was to style my hair.
I never realized that having short hair took more time to style, and control than long hair does. I thought by cutting off all of my hair it would cut style time in half, and make life easier when it came to hair care. God was I wrong!!!
Over the few months though of having this short hair, I did come up with a few clever quick and easy tips for styling it.
After showering, I’d blow dry my hair, and run a flat iron through it. It made straightening hair easier, but still took a bit of time.
I found though that with having shorter hair I could now use the flat iron to maneuver the hair ends up into a bob type style.
By simply using a thin flat iron all I had to do was swish the ends of my hair towards my face for a curled end. This also added a ton of volume allowing my hair to look thicker than it normally is.
Another simple trick I use frequently is to curl my short hair using hair gel, and hair spray. This tightens my naturally wavy hair into curls, and makes the hair appear even shorter, which actually looks a lot nicer than I originally thought it would.
Achieving this look is easy. All you need is some hair gel, (I prefer LA LOOKS), and hair spray (any kind will do).
After taking a shower, towel dry hair, and add in a decent amount of the gel. Next simply scrunch the hair, and add some hair spray. The hair will dry curly, and soft, not sticky and hard!
Another simple, yet cute finishing touch for those of us with short locks is to add a barrette to both sides of our hair part. This pulls hair out of the face, and gives a very cute retro 80’s look. Best of all it takes 5 years off of our appearances without looking tacky! Heheh!
You can glamor the simple look up by adding jeweled or rhinestone barrettes in place of plain black or brown ones.
Those of us with short hair already know that steering clear of thick band headbands is a must. Thicker headbands make our heads look larger, and our hair practically disappears. However headbands can make our hair look adorable and pulled together if we use the right kind.
I suggest a very, very thin stretch hair band in black. It pulls hair back, without completely hiding it, and is a quick, neat addition to making hair look nice. Click for an example.
High beam glossers are always recommended by me, no matter how long or short your hair is. A few sprays of a glosser, and your hair will go from looking shiny, to looking extremely shiny and clean. You have to be careful wit glossers though because if you use to much your hair will end up looking greasy.
One of my top favorite glossers is TIGI Bed Head, Headrush Shine Mist. Just a few shots of this stuff and your hair will be beaming like the sun. Your hair gets a nice mirror finish, and you will get tons of compliments. It’s really a win, win situation with this shine mist.
The quickest and easiest style though for my short hair is to pull it back into a bun. Although I cannot life my hair up to the middle section of my head, I can however leave it back and tie a neat bun up near my neck. Although I cannot wrap my hair around make a bun, I create the illusion of a bun by tying it back once, and then tying it back again, only this time I do not let the hair tie completely free. I leave half of my hair tucked into it to create a low bun.
I will also at times part my hair more to the side and tie it back using the same low bun illusion. This off centered part creates an elegant finish, and stays put all day long.
Although many women with long hair complain about their longer locks, and always long to cut it all off, the fact of the matter is, styling shorter hair is actually more of a nightmare than it is to style long hair. However, when you get the hang of it, it’s not as difficult as it is at first.