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How to Style Short Hair Like a Pro Part 1

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Short hair is so versatile when it comes to styling! Whether worn curly, wavy, straight, up, down, to the side, spiked, or smooth, there are tons of options for everyone on how to style short hair.

Color combinations add to the depth and drama of each style, so go ahead and be adventurous there too. Check out these 20 amazing ways to style short hair and learn how to style your short tresses like a pro!

1. Curly Caramel

In this cropped look, beautiful ribbons of caramel highlights run through a rich chocolate brown that’s curled to perfection.

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How to Style:

1. Spray root lifter on hair.
2. Use a 1-inch diameter round brush to blow dry hair and simultaneously style into curls.
3. If you need to give curls an extra boost, use a ¾ or 1-inch barrel curling iron to define curls.
4. Finish by working a styling paste through mid-length and ends for texture and a polished finish.

Recommended Products:

Try Redken Water Wax 03 separate and define hair with flexible control and brilliant shine.

Best Face Shapes:

oval, pear, round

Tip:

When round brushing, direct hair in the crown back. For hair in the fringe section, direct it forward as you dry with the round brush, but then gently sweep to the side.

2. High Contrast

A dark brown color underneath this short ‘do gives enormous depth to platinum blonde on top. Slight asymmetry in the front of this cut keeps things interesting!

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How to Style:

1. Work a golf ball-sized amount of styling mousse through hair.
2. Part hair at an angle over one eye.
3. Blow dry hair with a medium-sized paddle brush, aiming air from roots to tips.
4. Finish by sweeping fringe to one side and spraying with a light to medium hold hairspray.

Recommended Products:

Try Sebastian Shaper Zero Gravity for a lightweight, completely brushable hairspray with a supple hold.

Best Face Shapes:

pear, oval, square, round

Tip:

You may choose to use a flat iron to give the ends a really straight finish. Just be sure to use a heat protecting spray prior to flat ironing!

3. Definition of a Curly Blonde

This amazing textured blonde crop boasts well-defined curls that give it a finish like no other!

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How to Style:

1. Distribute a nickel-sized amount of styling serum throughout hair.
2. Using a small paddle brush, blow dry hair using a “wrap” technique. This means you wrap your hair around your head as you aim the air from the blow dryer in the same direction your wrapping.
3. Part hair to one side.
4. Curl small individual sections of the topmost layer of your hair. Do not brush or tousle, but rather leave them so that you see shape of each curl.
5. Finish with a hard hold hairspray.

Recommended Products:

Bed Head Control Freak Serum used as a blow dry lotion will leave hair smooth and silky with a glossy finish.

Best Face Shapes:

oval, heart

Tip:

Use double-pronged pin curl clips, which can be found at Sally’s, to hold each curl as it cools. Remove the clips prior to using hairspray.

4. High Expectations

Modern pompadour meets rock and roll in this short edgy style.

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How to Style:

1. Work a golf ball-sized amount of styling foam through towel dried hair.
2. Use a paddle brush to smooth hair on the sides back while you blow dry.
3. Use a 1¼-inch diameter round brush to create lift in the crown as you blow dry the top section back.
4.cTake a teasing brush and tease the top section, stopping just short of the hairline.
5. Lightly brush hair in the top section back, using the side of the teasing brush to direct hair into a pompadour.
6. Finish with a medium to high hold hairspray.

Recommended Products:

Cricket’s Amped Up Teasing Brush is perfect for this style! Use OSiS Freeze hairspray to keep this look locked in all day or all night long.

Best Face Shapes:

oval, pear

Tip:

To keep this look edgy, don’t worry about being too perfect with your pompadour. You’ll want a bit of texture to it rather than a perfectly sleek and smooth finish.

5. Brownie Points

We love this short honey brown hue cropped close to the head with a shattered edge all the way around to soften the look.

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How to Style:

1. Work a nickel-sized amount of volumizing styling cream through towel dried hair.
2. Use fingers to tousel hair as you blow dry, lifting at the roots to give some volume to your style.
3. Finish by using your fingertips to apply texture paste through the ends, especially piecing out the fringe and back of the neck.

Recommended Products:

Try Aveda Control Paste for a high-textured, low-sheen look that’s smooth, not sticky.

Best Face Shapes:

oval, heart, square

Tip:

A slightly longer version of this cut would be great on those with round faces! Style this cut around that face shape and be sure to create a bit more lift in the crown so that it complements your face shape perfectly.

6. Cream of the Crop

Go curly! These tight, natural curls are cut closely to the head and styled with gel to enhance their shape.

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How to Style:

1. Shampoo and condition with products dedicated to curly hair care.
2. Wring excess moisture from hair with a towel.
3. Work a quarter-sized amount of medium hold gel throughout hair, making sure to distribute through the sides and back as well.

Recommended Products:

Curly Sexy Hair’s Liquid Curling Gel supports and shapes curls while adding volume and providing medium hold.

Best Face Shapes:

oval, pear

Tip:

Use fingertips to distribute the gel through hair and only add more if necessary. Applying with fingertips first helps with even distribution!

7. Smooth ‘N Straight

Sleek styling on a jaw length bob gives a polished look to multi-tonal hair.

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How to Style:

1. Work a quarter-sized amount of blow dry serum through towel dried hair.
2. Blow dry using a medium heat setting and the wrap technique described in “Definition of a Curly Blonde” above.
3. Spray heat protectant on hair first as you work section by section around your head with a flat iron, smoothing where necessary.

Recommended Products:

Bed Head’s Control Freak Serum is perfect to use as a blow dry lotion on fine to medium textured hair.

Best Face Shapes:

heart, oval

Tip:

Use flat irons and other hot tools on a medium heat setting, especially with fine hair. Higher heat can cause damage to this more fragile hair texture.

8. Lift Me Higher

This cut has tons of texture with a side swept fringe and short layers.

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How to Style:

1. Work a golf ball-sized amount of styling mousse through hair, concentrating it at the roots.
2. Part hair over one eye.
3. Use a 1-inch diameter round brush as you blow dry hair, beginning near the nape or neck area, and work in horizontal sections towards the top of your head.
4. As you blow dry, direct the hair in a pie-shaped pattern away from the part.
5. Work a nickel-sized amount of texture paste to piece out the ends.
6. Finish with a medium to high hold hairspray.

Recommended Products:

OSiS Grip can be used for maximum style support on all hair types. Piece out ends with OSiS Aqua Slide for all the benefits of a pomade without being greasy or sticky.

Best Face Shapes:

pear, oval, square

Tip:

Use gator clips to section hair out of the way as you blow dry.

9. Up Up and Away

This is a piecy updo that can be styled in a snap and is perfect for a night out on the town!

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How to Style:

1. You’ll need bobby pins that match your hair color, a tail comb, flat iron, heat setting spray and hairspray. Texture wax will come in handy too for extra definition. Preheat flat iron.
2. Begin by parting hair to one side over your eye.
3. Section the fringe out. This is the area that will be left out to frame your face.
4. Take a 3/4-inch section of hair in the front and twist it back, securing with a bobby bin.
5. Repeat Step 4 in a random pattern on the top of your head, making sure to leave parts of the sections loose to create “tails” that are left out.
6. When you get to the back section, work from the top down, building the twists up with the lower ones twisted and secured to the ones above them. Alternately, you can create a large French twist section in the back for a more classic look.
7. Spray each loose “tail” of hair with heat setting spray then flat iron, bending the flatiron along the tail to give it a slight curve. Smooth with a bit of texture wax.
8. Repeat Step 8 on each “tail”.
9. Arrange loose ends and spray with hairspray to secure them where you wish. Teasing the base of each tail before flat ironing will give it lift, which will in turn give the whole style extra volume.

Recommended Products:

Redken Water Wax 03 shine defining pomade is perfect for polishing the loose ends of this style.

Best Face Shapes:

All face shapes will look great in this style!

Tip:

If you have a round face shape, add extra volume by teasing the loose ends as described in Step 9.

10. Wild Instincts

This super fun style with tons of random texture is fantastic on those short haired beauties who aren’t afraid to be adventurous!

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How to Style:

1. Start with a cropped cut that’s shorter on the sides and left about 5 to 6 inches long on the top.
2. Preheat a flat iron and a 1/2 or 3/4-inch barrel curling iron.
3. Spray heat setting spray on all hair in the top section.
4. Alternate between curling and flat ironing 3/4-inch sections of hair. Spray each section of hair with heat setting spray for extra hold.
5. Arrange texture towards the front of your head as you spray with high hold hairspray to secure.

Recommended Products:

Redken Spray Starch 15 heat memory styler curls, crimps and flattens with style memory technology.

Best Face Shapes:

oval, pear

Tip:

Opt for Hot Sets 22 if you’d like an even higher level of style memory.

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