When it comes to styling your short hair for the gym, it can get pretty irritating pretty quickly.
Well, trying to find a way of dealing with your strands that doesn’t annoy the crap out of you while you’re getting your mountain climber on is not an easy task – especially if your locks don’t lend themselves to a swooshing ponytail.
So, courtesy of Jonathan Andrew, hairstylist and Fudge Professional Global Ambassador, here’s four ideas to make your next sweat sesh functional and fly.
- How to make your short hair gym hair work
- 4 short hair gym hair styles
- 1. Put bobby pins to good use
- 2. Wear a headband
- 3. Product, product, product!
- 4. Braid it back
- 5. Pull it up halfway
- Trending: exercising with hair down
- 1. Follow Khloe Kardashian’s example. Bobby pins can be used for more than holding back loose hair—they can also be a statement accessory at the gym.
- 3. Keep any short hairs from falling in your face by placing a small braid down the middle of your part.
- 5. Of course, a headband is a great accessory when it comes to keeping baby hairs back. Pair it with a messy bun that leaves the ends out for the ultimate gym style.
- 7. For natural hair, keep your twists in tact to go to the gym. Your protective style will keep every hair in place and lock in moisture.
- 9. Brush hair directly in front and center back and loosely tie into a knot at the crown.
- 13. For those last-minute workouts, twist back two sections from the front and pin within one another. Minimal effort required.
- 16. For those high-intensity workouts, these tight braids are sure to keep your hair back while looking like a total badass.
- 18. To re-create this double braid, make a center part, braid a small section on each side, and tie the ends into a high-bun.
- The Pinned-Back Pixie
- The Gym-Ready Ponytail
- Chunky Cornrows
- The ‘No Band’ Braid
- The Hun (Aka Half-Up Bun)
- The Short Hair Gym Quiff
- Headband Updo
- Double Buns
- Double Dutch Braid
- Stacked Buns
- The Low Textured Pony
- The Retro Sweatband
- 1. Bun With Headband:
- 2. Topknot:
- 3. Side Braided Pony:
- 4. Curly Bun:
- 5. Piece-y Pixie:
- 6. Messy Bun:
- 7. Shaggy Bob:
- 8. Side-Swept Pixie:
- 9. Full Bangs Pixie:
- 10. Low Messy Chignon:
- 12 Hairstyles That Are Perfect For Your Next Workout
- 1. Braided Bun
- 2. Double Bun
- 3. French Braid Pontytail
- 4. Braided Messy Bun
- 5. High Ponytail
- 6. Headband Braid
- 7. Pull-Through Braid
- 8. French Braid Pigtails
- 9. Headband
- 10. Head Crown Braids
- 11. Easy Messy Half Braid
- 12. Top Knot
- 1. How to Style Short Hair: Spray texturizing spray onto your bobby pins
- 2. How to Style Short Hair: Braid your hair into a crown braid
- 3. How to Style Short Hair: Criss-cross two headbands over your pixie cut
- 4. How to Style Short Hair: Pin your bangs back with bobby pins.
- 5. How to Style Short Hair: Smooth frizz and flyaways with a flexible gel.
- 6. How to Style Short Hair: Create fake bangs
- 7. How to Style Short Hair: Use salt spray for beachy texture
- 8. How to Style Short Hair: Define your natural curls
- 9. How to Style Short Hair: Create a pompadour
- 10. How to Style Short Hair: Let your hair air dry
- 11. How to Style Short Hair: Braid your hair from back to front
- 12. How to Style Short Hair: Don’t use pomade or wax on your roots
- 13. How to Style Short Hair: Alternating wrapping your hair over and under the barrel of the curling iron
- 14. How to Style Short Hair: Braid shorter layers into a headband braid to keep them out of your hair
- 15. How to Style Short Hair: Create a bob by braiding the undersides of your hair
- 16. How to Style Short Hair: Don’t use a brush while blow-drying
- 17. How to Style Short Hair: Crimp the layers of your hair
How to make your short hair gym hair work
But first: whether you’ve got a pixie crop or a textured lob, there are a few essential products and accessories that every short-haired gym goer will need in their kit bag.
What you’ll need:
ASOS DESIGN pack of 30 brown kirby grips Asos DESIGN asos.com £3.00
invisibobble Original Hair Tie (3 Pack) – Crystal Clear invisibobble lookfantastic.com £4.99
OUAI Wave Spray Luxe 50ml OUAI lookfantastic.com £10.00
4 short hair gym hair styles
If your hair is: just above your shoulders
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‘This depends on how skilled you are with your hair,’ says Andrew.
‘But if you are about to do a serious high intensity cardio class that is going to make you really sweat, then this works to stop it from getting in your way.’
- Split your parting right down the middle
- Working from the top of your head, create a French braid down to your tips
- Secure with a band that won’t damage your hair, such as an Invisibobble
If your hair is: bobbed, or a bit above your shoulders
‘This is a favourite for me. It looks stylish and the messier it gets, the better it looks.’
- Pull your hair into a secure pony tail
- Lightly backcomb the pony tail, to fatten it up
- Lift your pony tail up and bring it as far forward, towards your face, as you can
- Wrap the hair around your hair band
- Secure with kirby grips
Half up, half down with a topknot
If your hair is: anywhere, from just above your shoulders to just below your ears
‘If you’re lifting weights or doing anything where you might have a bar on your shoulders, you probably don’t want your hair jutting out too much from behind your head.
‘This is a good way to get the front of your hair out of your eyes, without, running into that issue.’
- Pull the top half of your hair into a high ponytail, at the crown of your head
- Separate into three strands and create a plait
- Pull this around the hair band that is securing your pony
- Kirby grip all around it
If your hair: has got a fringe or is high above your shoulders
‘If you’re spinning or running, I love a cool headband. It’s a fun accessory and keeps all of your hair out of your face.
- Pull your headband over your head, like a necklace
- Make sure it’s at your neck nape
- Slide up, so that it rests towards the front of your head
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Claudia Canavan As digital Beauty and Health Editor, with an MA in Magazine Journalism, Claudia is a devotee of natural, organic and cruelty-free skincare and of nurturing a banging mind-body connection.
You love rocking your short hair, but when it comes time to head to the gym, you may find it difficult to manage—how do you keep it out of your face when you can’t even pull it back in a ponytail? You want it to look chic and cute, so follow these tips to manage your hair and keep it looking sharp, even during an intense workout.
1. Put bobby pins to good use
Never underestimate the power of a few well-placed bobby pins or a supportive banana clip ($5.99 at Amazon)! Both of these accessories help to firmly secure strands whichever way you desire. You can create fun styles and designs by placing the bobby pins in unique ways around your head. When you use the banana clip, gather all of your hair together in the back, then open the clip and allow it to grab hold of the strands.
2. Wear a headband
To hold your short strands back and to prevent them from getting in your face while you’re exercising, wear a cute bandana or headband and you’ll be looking stylish even when you’re sweating. It stays secure and if any small strays happen to fall, you can easily tuck them back into your headband with ease. If you opt for the bandana, you can secure it with a few bobby pins before you begin working out for extra support.
3. Product, product, product!
With a dab of pomade or hair gel, you can style your hair quickly and easily. Try the budget-friendly De-Constructed Pixie Play from Garnier ($2.70 at Walmart) so your hair will behave without getting too stiff.
4. Braid it back
Your hair might be too short for a standard braid, but you can always pull off a headband braid, no matter how long or short your hair is. Simply take the loose strands from the front of your hair, and create a braid that goes across the top of your head, just like a headband would be. Secure with a few bobby pins and you’ll be on your way.
5. Pull it up halfway
Your hair may be too short for a regular ponytail, but you can still keep it out of your face by pulling it into a half-pony. Plus, it’s the perfect off-duty look (say, if you’re going out for brunch after a barre class).
The next time you’re off to spin or headed out for a run, make sure you keep your hair fuss-free with these easy styles!
Trending: exercising with hair down
How to do it right
On the front end, “putting a little dry shampoo at your roots before you exercise can help preemptively with absorbing oil and sweat while you’re working out,” Fitzsimons says. Something like Living Proof Perfect hair Day would work well. Afterwards, you may still need a touch up, which can be accomplished with another round of dry shampoo or an anti-frizz spray to help with flyaways.
The middle ground
If you can’t imagine letting your hair down completely while working out, there are plenty of options in between.
No-elastic styles: For a workout that doesn’t require too much jumping, you may be able to put your hair up without actually cinching it. “I will just do a quick three-strand braid with no elastic at the end,” says Natasha Leibel, a New York City-based hairstylist. “That way, the hair will hold its shape and there will be no marks left by accessories.” If your hair is thin and doesn’t have a lot of texture, you may need a tiny clear elastic to secure the braid, but thicker, more textured hair should stay put. Tucking the end of the braid under your sports bra strap (as long as you’re not putting a barbell on your shoulders) can also help keep the braid secure.
A twirled low bun (for short hair) or high bun (for long hair) is another option. Just gently tuck the ends underneath the bun. “Afterwards, the hair will even have a little extra body,” Leibel adds.
Claw clips: These throwback hair clips are coming back into style, so having one handy is both convenient and on-trend. Try to keep your hair slightly loose in the clip, Leibel recommends, so the claws don’t leave marks.
Bands and bandanas: Wearing a chic headband or wrapping a bandana or sweatband around your head can also keep your hair in check. According to Leibel, they just need to be soft and/or loose enough so that they don’t leave a crease.
Short hair can be a total nuisance when you’re doing a 60-second round of burpees or running your daily mile outdoors. The short strands always end up out of the ponytail holder and in your face (ugh). That’s why we scoured Instagram to find styling inspiration for women with supershort bobs and shoulder-grazing lobs.
1. Follow Khloe Kardashian’s example. Bobby pins can be used for more than holding back loose hair—they can also be a statement accessory at the gym.
3. Keep any short hairs from falling in your face by placing a small braid down the middle of your part.
Related: The Easy Workout Braid That Will Actually Keep Hair Out Of Your Face
5. Of course, a headband is a great accessory when it comes to keeping baby hairs back. Pair it with a messy bun that leaves the ends out for the ultimate gym style.
7. For natural hair, keep your twists in tact to go to the gym. Your protective style will keep every hair in place and lock in moisture.
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9. Brush hair directly in front and center back and loosely tie into a knot at the crown.
13. For those last-minute workouts, twist back two sections from the front and pin within one another. Minimal effort required.
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16. For those high-intensity workouts, these tight braids are sure to keep your hair back while looking like a total badass.
18. To re-create this double braid, make a center part, braid a small section on each side, and tie the ends into a high-bun.
We tried out pinterest hair tutorials and this is what happened.
Gym bunnies, listen up! Gone are the days when sporty hairstyles for short hair came down to sweaty locks swept haphazardly off your face. Instead, they have been replaced by a wealth of stylish and durable looks that will see you through your HIIT class and on to brunch with ease!
So, if you’re seeking cute gym hairstyles for short hair, you’ve come to the right place. Grab your green juice and have a scroll through our gallery to discover how to stay stylish while you squat, lunge, spin or lift!
The Pinned-Back Pixie
If your hair is a tad too short to gather up into a ponytail, fret not, as there are plenty of other sporty hairstyles for short hair that you can do. We believe simplicity is the key to a great gym style, so if you’ve a cute crop, streamline your ‘do by pinning back your pixie cut to keep your hair away from your face.
Get the look: All you need to create this look are bobby pins and a stronghold hairspray. Spritz the TRESemmé Extra Hold Hairspray over your crop (a tiny bit will do the trick) to make double-sure it stays put, no matter how hard you train!
The Gym-Ready Ponytail
It may seem a little been-there-done-that, but nothing beats a classic ponytail when it comes to sporty hairstyles that mean business. And even if your hair is too short to do a high ponytail, you can adapt and then create a hun (AKA a half-up bun) instead.
You know it, we know it, everyone knows it: when it comes to gym hairstyles for short hair, you simply cannot go wrong with braided styles.
As one of our favourite hairstyles for the gym, chunky cornrows not only look fantastic, but will also keep all your hair neatly off your face. Credit: @byangelasalon
Style tip: Keep those braids tight and you’ll be able to rock this style post gym, too. Alternatively, unravel your braids for gorgeous beach-like waves – either way, it’s a win-win situation.
The ‘No Band’ Braid
The ‘no band’ braid hold is a really pretty gym hair ‘do. Credit: Instagram.com/emilyandersonstyling
Are you the type to always be without a hairband when you really need one? Well you no longer have to kick yourself at your forgetfulness, because with this lovely ‘no band’ braid, it’s no longer an issue!
Just tease the end of your plait with a comb and spritz your mane with the VO5 Ultimate Hold Hairspray. We aren’t guaranteeing it’ll hold tight during a high-intensity dance class, but it’s certain to make the yogis envious. Credit: @emilyandersonstyling
The Hun (Aka Half-Up Bun)
You can whip this look up on the go. Credit: Instagram.com/tanimotoshouta
We don’t like to show favouritism, but in our books, the half topknot bun is the ultimate ‘do for short hair. Gym hairstyles that will keep you looking stylish and sporty aren’t easy to come by, but with a little spritz of dry shampoo before creating your topknot, you’ll slay your sesh and keep greasy tresses at bay! Credit: @tanimotoshouta
The Short Hair Gym Quiff
Give the quiff a whirl, for your next session at the gym.
Clips, hairbands or pins not really your scene? Then this edgy alternative will be right up your street. The secret behind the success of this sporty hairstyle is a good wax to hold it all in place.
The short-haired girl’s messy bun. Credit: Instagram.com/abbyyxelizabeth
If you’re a morning gym veteran, then we can only presume a quick and easy hairstyle is all you want for your gruelling gym session. Stop any stray short strands or flyaways from getting in the way of the body of your dreams by adding a headband to any updo. Credit: @abbyyxelizabeth
Style tip: Sometimes, the messier the hair, the more chic your look will be, so don’t worry about faffing about creating a perfectly smooth finish.
We love double buns as one of the most stylish gym hairstyles. Credit: Instagram.com/mina1003
Why wear one bun when you could be rocking two? Channel your inner gym bunny with this half-up hairstyle and create two mini buns, leaving your hair loose at the back.
When it comes to hairstyles for the gym, double buns are great for keeping your tresses up and out of your way, so you can focus on your workout (or your gym selfie). Credit: @mina1003
Double Dutch Braid
Double up your braids for an intense workout class. Credit: Verity Jane Smith
As you might have gathered by now, we have a thing for braids – but seriously, they’re one of the best sporty hairstyles for short hair out there!
There are plenty of ways to mix them up and we’re particularly loving these double Dutch braids that merge into low pigtails. Just think how cute you’ll look in pilates!
Stacked buns are fun. Credit: Instagram.com/ca_makes
While most girls with longer tresses will wear their hair in an Insta-perfect messy bun, those with shorter hair have to be a little more clever with the way they style their strands.
After seeing stacked bun hairstyles both in and out of the gym lately (not to mention it’s the style the character Rey wears in Star Wars), we think it’s the perfect look to take you from cardio to coffee! Credit: @ca_makes
The Low Textured Pony
Gym hair, don’t care! Credit: Instagram.com/velvetclubs
We love this low ponytail as an option for sport hairstyles for short hair – sans hair cuff ofc! Ideal for any kind of workout, go for sleek and smooth locks, or build up volume and body. Credit: @velvetclubs
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The Retro Sweatband
Gym hairstyles for bobs: The headband. Credit: Instagram.com/hailsalexander
When it comes to sporty hairstyles for short hair, it’s safe to say that the headband (or in this case, sweatband) is unofficially the saviour of all gym hair dilemmas.
Tap into the look by drawing inspiration from the 1980s and use this pretty and practical hair accessory to help prevent strands falling into your eyes while you’re pumping iron. Sweatcuffs are optional! Credit: @hailsalexander
So, now that you’ve selected your next workout hairstyle, it’s time that you learn to look after your tresses post-gym. How you ask? With our golden rules to gym hair care, of course!
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10 Sporty Gym Hairstyles For Short Hair Anisha Pradhan Hyderabd040-395603080 September 20, 2017
Worried if your short hair is hampering you from looking chic while you are working out? Don’t worry. From topknot, high bun to side braids and low chignon, we have listed ten gym hairstyles for your short hair. So, the next time you’re at the gym or the trails, try one of these hairdos that will help you keep focus on your workout.
Read on to find out more about sporty gym hairstyles for short hair:
1. Bun With Headband:
Fantastic Four actress Jessica Alba looks radiantly beautiful with her mid-length blonde hair in a mini bun and dainty headband. To recreate Jess’ hairstyle, use a texturizing gel on hair and pull it back into a mini bun; you can tease hair for a bit of a sexy volume. Once done, slip a pretty headband into your hair to finish off the look.
A great all-around hairstyle for many hair lengths, the model’s casual topknot lets short-haired rock their locks in a messy and fun way. To recreate this look, grab your hair and lift it up into a messy bun! Don’t forget to be generous with the hair ties and pins, and use an anti-frizz hairspray or headband for those short flyaways.
3. Side Braided Pony:
Not only singer Nelly Furtado’s side braided pony will help you keep your hair in place while you are working out, but this style is equally stylish and chic. Win-win! To recreate the hairstyle, begin by parting your hair down the middle. Next, French braid the hair, starting at the mid part, and then continue it braiding backwards. Repeat on the opposite side, and once done, secure the braids with an elastic band.
4. Curly Bun:
If you have short curls like model Shalom Harlow, a curly bun is a great gym hairstyle since it keeps all your hair slicked back from your face. This simple style can be created easily – just pull your hair all the way back and wrap it into a bun and there you are – a great hairstyle for your swim.
5. Piece-y Pixie:
Get inspired by Jane Fonda’s pixie if you are looking for an ah-mazing hairstyle that won’t get in the way of your workouts. Perfect for all those poses, if you are a bit uncertain about your piece-y pixie, you can use a no-slip headband.
6. Messy Bun:
Isabella Hervey’s messy bun is one of the best short hairstyles for the gym or during a workout. To duplicate her two-toned hairstyle, just sweep your hair up and off your face to wrap it behind your head. Make sure not to make things too neat. Thumbs up from us!
7. Shaggy Bob:
Perfect for your not-so-sweaty activities like skeleton racing or even your yoga, this side-swept shaggy bob will help keep your hair off your face. So take inspiration from Lizzy Yarnold and choose this sporty and chic hairstyle for your next workout session.
8. Side-Swept Pixie:
If you’re a sweater—take inspiration from Ginnifer Goodwin and sweep your pesky bangs at bay while you are in the field, playing a game of baseball.
9. Full Bangs Pixie:
Don’t get us wrong: If you’re moving around, a full bangs pixie hairstyle can be a whip. Yes, there’s absolutely nothing wrong with full bangs. Take inspiration from Agyness Deyn and opt for this chic and edgy hairstyle. And if you don’t want your bangs to get in the way of any marathon or cycling, you can slip in a bobby pin.
10. Low Messy Chignon:
If you love how the short hair looks but hate how it ends up poking your neck, this swept-back low chignon is for you. Creating a softer look, the messy chignon helps you keep your hair out of the way. Bang-on!
We hope you’ve found some fabulous and worthy gym hairstyles for short hair to try at home. Do let us know if you know any other workout hairstyles for short hair by shooting a comment below.
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12 Hairstyles That Are Perfect For Your Next Workout
Whether your hair is long or short, keeping pieces from falling out while doing those high-intensity moves is easier said than done.
When you work out, you’re hoping for a few things with your hair. You want it to:
- Stay in place
- Stay off of your neck
- Look good with a little sweat in it
These 12 hairstyles will be great for your future fitness routines. You’ll notice a lot of braids, buns and ponytails in this round up, but that’s because these types of updos offer the best hold for your hair.
These tutorials will show you just how to look cute from the beginning of your workout to the end because who has time to worry about their hair when feeling the burn?
1. Braided Bun
If you’re running or doing a lot of cardio, you need more than just a top knot to keep your hair in place. Braiding those locks before twisting them into a bun will help the bun be more stable. Follow this tutorial.
2. Double Bun
This is great for hair of all lengths, especially if you’re looking for a super cute and trendy way to keep your hair out of your face. Follow this tutorial.
3. French Braid Pontytail
Braiding your hair before pulling it into a ponytail will help keep any bangs or shorted pieces of hair from slipping out of the pony while moving around. Follow this tutorial.
4. Braided Messy Bun
This hairstyle looks great. While won’t keep the hair off of your neck, but it will definitely keep it out of your face. It’s perfect for yoga class or lifting weights when you won’t be doing a whole lot of moving. Follow this tutorial.
5. High Ponytail
A high ponytail (with quite a few hair ties for thicker hair) is the perfect way to keep hair away from the back of your neck. If you plan on getting all worked up and breaking a sweat, this is the hairstyle that will help keep you cool. Follow this tutorial.
6. Headband Braid
If you’re just concerned about bangs falling in your face, pull them back into a simple braid that runs right along your hairline. Follow this tutorial.
7. Pull-Through Braid
This is an upgrade to just your average braid. It’s kind of a mix between a braid and a ponytail, but it’s going to be great for securing your hair and keeping it there. Follow this tutorial.
8. French Braid Pigtails
This look has a tough girl kind of vibe, and that’s exactly the kind of attitude you need going into your workout, don’t you think? Pull your hair into some French braided pigtails and get that kickboxing routine going. Follow this tutorial.
Pulling your hair into your go-to hairstyle and adding a cloth headband (for comfort’s sake) is also a great way to pull your hair back. Plus, it’s super quick and easy so you can spend less time worrying about your hair and more time getting your fitness on. Follow this tutorial.
10. Head Crown Braids
Making a crown of braids around your hair is easy for all lengths. It’s a super cute, yet functional hairstyle, so you should definitely give it a try. Follow this tutorial.
11. Easy Messy Half Braid
This messy half braid is great for whatever type of exercise you’re doing because even if it falls out, it only enhances the look. It’s supposed to look messy, so don’t worry about it while you work out. Follow this tutorial.
12. Top Knot
Go on and yoga it up with your hair pulled taught in a top knot. You can downward dog all day, and that hair’s not going anywhere. Follow this tutorial.
Keep kicking butt this year and look even better while doing it because you’ve now got 12 new hairstyles to try out. I’m braiding mine as we speak… all that’s left to do is choose my workout.
Getting short hair can be fun for a while…until you’ve had the same side-parted, slightly wavy hairstyle for six months straight. Listen, it’s def understandable—who doesn’t get into a style rut every once in a while?—but, TBH, you have sooo many options when it comes to styling short hair. You can add texture, incorporate braids, clip in super-trendy hair accessories—seriously, the limit does not exist. So whether you’re thinking about doing a big chop, or you just want to switch up your look, keep reading to learn all tips and tricks on how to style short hair.
1. How to Style Short Hair: Spray texturizing spray onto your bobby pins
Is there anything more annoying than having a bobby pin that won’t freakin’ stay in your hair? Um, I think not. Here’s a pro tip: Spritz a dry texture spray on the inside of the bobby pin to give it a little more grip. You’re welcome.
Oribe Dry Texturizing Spray $46.00 Not Your Mother’s Double Take Dry Finish Texture Spray $6.99 Garnier Fructis Texture Tease Dry Touch Finishing Spray $2.99 IGK Beach Club Texture Spray $14.00
2. How to Style Short Hair: Braid your hair into a crown braid
Yes, you can do this braid on yourself—I promise, it’s way easier than it looks. Start by creating a side part and then Dutch braid your hair diagonally (aka when you cross the pieces under one another instead of over), starting from the left side of the part. Repeat this step on the right side of your part, use a bobby pin to secure both braids into a bun in the back, and boom—you’re g2g.
3. How to Style Short Hair: Criss-cross two headbands over your pixie cut
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Stubborn short hair can be a pain in the ass to keep down. A cute way to make sure your pixie stays sleek and smooth? Layer two bejeweled headbands over one another for a ~flawless~ look.
4. How to Style Short Hair: Pin your bangs back with bobby pins.
If you have bangs and short hair, you’re going to want to try out this look. Pin your bangs with bobby pins in a “V” shape. Repeat as many times as you’d like to get the style you want.
5. How to Style Short Hair: Smooth frizz and flyaways with a flexible gel.
Keep frizz and flyaways at bay by smoothing on a flexible hair gel—it’ll make sure your hair stays in place without leaving behind an annoying crunchy feeling.
6. How to Style Short Hair: Create fake bangs
Test drive bangs by styling fake ones—make a deep side part, sweeping the hair across your forehead, and securing it behind one side of your headband.
7. How to Style Short Hair: Use salt spray for beachy texture
Spritz a salt spray on your short hair, and use your hands to scrunch your hair from the ends up. The result? A super-cute, beachy texture that’ll make you look ~cool~ and ~chill~. PS: You can even make your own salt spray—just mix seltzer water with salt to whip up the spray.
8. How to Style Short Hair: Define your natural curls
Use a curling iron as your secret short hair styling weapon. If you have super-tight coils, use a very thin-barreled curling iron to create definition, and if you have larger curls, opt for a larger-barrel iron to make your texture more defined.
Ceramic Iron Anjou Curling Iron 1.25 Inch amazon.com $25.00 Soft Curl Iron GHD Curve Soft Curl Iron 1.25 Inch nordstrom.com $199.00 Marcel Iron Harry Josh Pro Tools 2-in-1 Ceramic Marcel Curling Iron 1.25 Inch dermstore.com $175.00 Changeable Iron T3 Twirl Convertible Interchangeable Clip Curling Iron sephora.com $195.00
9. How to Style Short Hair: Create a pompadour
Creating a pompadour on short hair can be tough (to say the least). But by twisting the hair you’ve gathered and pushing it against your part, it will make building this style that much easier. Secure with two bobby pins in an “X” formation and you’re good to go.
10. How to Style Short Hair: Let your hair air dry
Okay, well not completely. Start off by blow drying your hair until it’s about half-way dry and then let it air dry. Not only will this cut down on heat damage (but, like, don’t forget to still use a heat protectant spray), it will also leave you with a natural #IWokeUpLikeThis kind of texture that you would otherwise have to use another styling product to achieve.
Ouai Memory Mist Heat Protectant sephora.com $28.00 Tresemme Keratin Smooth Heat Protection Shine Spray ulta.com $5.99 Drybar Hot Toddy Heat Protectant Mist sephora.com $26.00 Chi 44 Iron Guard Thermal Protection Spray ulta.com $16.00
11. How to Style Short Hair: Braid your hair from back to front
If you have shoulder-length hair, this style is for you. Start by French braiding your hair at the nape of your neck all the way up to the crown of your head and secure with bobby pins. Then, deeply part the front and take the section of hair to the left of your part, braid it, and wrap the loose ends in a pin curl, bobby-pinning them into place. Next, take the loose hair to the right of your part, and either braid or pin curl with bobby pins. Voilà: a braided updo that you never thought was possible.
12. How to Style Short Hair: Don’t use pomade or wax on your roots
Too much wax and pomade, which tends to be heavier than a lightweight mousse, too close to your roots can flatten your hair and even clog the pores on your scalp. Shop one of these top-rated mousses, instead:
This Styling Mousse Eden Body Works Citrus Fusion Styling Mousse target.com $5.84 This Amplifying Foam Ouidad Playcurl Curl Amplifying Foam sephora.com $26.00 This Enhancing Mousse Design Essentials Natural Curl Enhancing Mousse amazon.com $14.97 This Style and Wrap Mousse Aphogee Style and Wrap Mousse walmart.com $18.95
13. How to Style Short Hair: Alternating wrapping your hair over and under the barrel of the curling iron
Elizabeth Griffin, Kathleen Kamphausen
Changing up the way you wrap your hair around the iron will give you awesome curls that look 100 percent natural—like bed-head, but in a good way.
14. How to Style Short Hair: Braid shorter layers into a headband braid to keep them out of your hair
If you part your hair to the right, grab a two-inch section along your hairline to the left of your part and create an inverted braid (this is when you braid the pieces of hair under each other rather than over), so the braid pops instead of blending in with your hair. Continue to do this until you reach the hair at the back of your ear and secure it with bobby pins.
15. How to Style Short Hair: Create a bob by braiding the undersides of your hair
Elizabeth Griffin, Kathleen Kamphausen
By French braiding the underside of your hair on both sides of your head, you can pull a major portion of hair off your neck and make it look like you have a chic bob. This is the best tip to use mid-summer. Find out exactly how to do it here.
16. How to Style Short Hair: Don’t use a brush while blow-drying
This can make your hair look puffy (which isn’t a great look for your face or your hair). Instead, use your fingers to move it around a bit and then let the power from the dryer blow your hair around.
17. How to Style Short Hair: Crimp the layers of your hair
By parting your hair and crimping the layers of hair underneath, you’ll get a major boost in volume. By crimping multiple layers, you’re creating zig-zag patterns piled on top of each other, which ends up adding overall body underneath the smooth hair on top.
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