How to style short hair? (styling tips for a short hairdo)

You just had a short haircut from your hairdresser and you are wondering how to style it. Well, styling short hair isn’t as easy as it may appear to be.

I have gone out sometimes with a nice short haircut; at that time, I kept a short haircut because it was trending during the season only to find out a wash later that I was out of ideas on how to style my short hair.

What can you do to style short hair? Don’t worry since this article mentions some of the very best styling tips that go well with short hair. 


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Tips for styling short hair

Wetlook/ slick back style


We see the slick back style very often but you need to be bold enough to pull this look. Some of the celebrities who adore this hairstyle are the likes of Miley Cyrus, Scarlett Johansson, and Anna Hathaway.

The most outstanding feature with this look is that your haircut will appear to be very wet but not like a greasy mess on your head so have no worries when you try out this look.

You need to have good hair products therefore, test some products and check which products will give you the wet look you want to pull. As long as you have the right tools with you, a slick back style is very easy to make.


The mini bun 


If you are looking for a quick way to style your short haircut, a mini bun is a perfect style for you. However, the mini bun is not very easy to pull if you have a pixie cut; tr this when you have somewhat longer hair.


The mini bun is fun and very nonchalant and you will be ready within the shortest time may not be always possible to get the elastic pins in your hair so try spraying some hair spray in your hair and secure your elastic bands with a few pins preferably bobby pins.


The messy hairdo


Another super-fast styling tip for short hair is getting your hair messy. This look almost looks like you just got right out of bed.

Have a little makeup on to mimic your bare face. Some of the best styling products to make short hair messy is an excellent dry shampoo, hair oil for the tips, and some extra shine with good wax. 


Flat iron 

If you don’t want to spend too much time on your hair cut but you want it to look so neat and well-groomed, you can run a flat iron through your short hair. That’s it! Your look is ready.

Before you flat iron your hair take care of heat damages by prepping your hair thoroughly with heat protection before you start to use hair straighteners, hairdryers, and curling irons. Your hair will thank you very much.


Use pins


Brighten up your short hair with pins. You can arrange the pins in a certain shape in your hair, for instance, you can go for geometric shapes or make a nice chevron shape.

Choose between very conspicuous and inconspicuous pins and let yourself go. This is another great styling tip for short hair.


Half updo


Did you know that it is very easy to create an updo with short hair? well, half up would then create a half updo. You also need some pins for this look but make sure they are firmly attached.




Having short hair doesn’t mean that you cant curl your hair. Admittedly, it becomes a little harder when you curl long hair but with some practice, you will gradually get this technique so fast.

You will be able to make all the types of curls in your hair, but it will also depend very much on the length of your hair. Make sure you fix your curls with a good hairspray so that they keep their shape for a long time.


Wear a headband


The headband is another hair accessory from the eighties and the nineties that is back in style.

Were are currently going back to the headband and their hairband en masse. We called out our parents for years when we saw our old children’s photos but we are back buying them ourselves.

However, today’s headbands are much different! They don’t hurt the head as much anymore and they look better and more brilliant. Have you found out a faster way to make your short hair cut look better?


The hip half-bun

The hip half-bun is also another great way to style your short hair. This style is extremely hip these days, and even if you have a short cup, you can make this cut effortlessly.

All you need is a hair elastic band, sliding bobby pins, and a little hairspray and shine spray.


Middle parting

There are many hair trends from the eighties and the nineties that are making a comeback.

Well, the middle parting is the hairstyle that is totally becoming hip again; if for many years we went to great lengths to make our cursed middle part fall into a side parting, we can now just let our hair down just as it likes to drop naturally.

For a holiday look, you can add a little glitter to the side part.



The undercut is one of the toughest short haircuts we will see a lot this season. Tough celebrities like Scarlett Johannson and Miley Cyrus have an undercut with a longer haircut and it has since become a much sought-after hairstyle for hairdressers.

Now, short haircuts require some extra maintenance anyway, with an undercut haircut that is certainly going to be the case. So if you don’t want to sit at the hairdresser’s every couple of weeks for a fresh short haircut, don’t let it grow just shave.


Pixie cuts with lots of texture


In case you want a short haircut that you don’t need to style, then choose a pixie cut that has a lot of texture cut into it.

But of course, this will entirely depend on your type of hair. An excellent hairdresser can give you advice on this; besides, you can try out dry shampoo to get a lot of texture in your hairstyle.


Beachy waves in short hairstyles


As mentioned above, curls can be a great style for short hair but another option is the beach waves. You can make beach waves with a curling wall or a curling iron; what you need to do is use a slightly different technique each time.

Finish up your waves with some hairspray; do you have straight hair? Prep your hair using a beach waves spray which is often a salt spray in the hair.


Braiding for a short hairstyle


Another great style for your short hairstyle is making braids on your short hair. Ladies with a short haircut can still braid their hair although some more detailed work needs to be incorporated.

You will have to make little pins your best friend since you can use them in a few small braids to get a bohemian look.


Dry shampoo


Dry shampoo is the secret to messy styled short hair. Why should you use dry shampoo?

Because it creates a lot of volume in your hair; make sure you brush your hair well after using the shampoo so that you don’t have any white shine left over in your hair.

These days, there are also colored dry shampoos that any brunette can use so that there won’t be a white haze in the hair. You can as well choose between different delicious scents.




Hairbands have also made a comeback. They are back! Hairbands make your haircut look good within a short period. In case you want your hairband to remain intact the whole day, attach it at the back of your head with a pin.


Faux bangs or real bangs


Faux bangs also known as fake bangs are another great way to style your short hair making it look completely different.

Get a whole new look for your short hairstyles with bangs; you can still choose between straight bangs, ultra-short bangs, and angled bangs there are plenty of options. You can comb your hair in a certain way and have it fixed with pins.


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I love hairstyles that feature pompadours. This hairstyle gets your hair through the sixties vibe and it figuratively adds a lot of ‘oomph’ to your hairstyle. You can tease your hair a little bit or use extra dry shampoo then fix your hair with a pin.

Now you can choose between making a haircut of your short hairstyle, or if you prefer to settle for a half put on hairstyle. With the added volume, it is a fantastic look for your short hair.


Large braid from the bottom upwards


We already discussed braids for short hairstyles but there is still one type of braid I want to discuss separately.

Get a large braid that starts at the bottom and which ends at the top of your head meaning you need longer neck hairs. This is not so difficult to make but it has an impressive effect.


20s flapper style


I can never miss mentioning the beautiful 20s flapper hair trend among the other great hairstyles for short hair. It is a hairstyle that you can make using some bobby pins plus a lot of hair mousse and hairspray; it is worth trying out for short hair.


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