Whoever said blondes have more fun clearly forgot about people with short haircuts. With less hair, there’s more freedom, and let’s not forget the other practical benefits of short hairstyles as well. Not only does short hair require less drying time, it also tends to look healthier than longer hair since dry ends are regularly snipped off.
If you are planning to make the big chop soon, or are just looking to shake up the look of your short hair, check out this roundup of cute short hairstyles for inspiration.
Updos aren’t reserved for the long-locked. If you have above-the-shoulder short hair, you can get your hair out of your face by pinning it back. Check out a video of Redken Artist Veronic Ridge doing a tutorial of a simple updo for above-the-shoulder-length hair here. All you really need to know is how to create a half-up pony—yep, it truly belongs in the simple hairstyles category.
Updos are easier to achieve on second day hair since it has more texture, so if you know you want to put your hair up on a certain day, skip washing it the day before. Give your hair some extra grip by working a dry shampoo throughout, like Redken Pillow Proof Two Day Extender. Not only does it add texture, making slippery hair easier to work with, it also absorbs oil. To make sure your updo stays in place, spritz Redken Triple Take 32 Extreme High-Hold Hair Spray.
While Pippi Longstocking-type braids won’t be achievable on short hair, a vertical braid is totally doable if you have bob-length hair. Here, Redken Artist Veronica Ridge provides a step-by-step of a textured side braid people with short haircuts can pull off. Think of it is as a regular three-strand braid but with some flair.
To accentuate your natural texture for this boho look, apply Beach Envy Wave Aid 03. It contains a salt-free mineral blend to help bring out your hair’s waves. To further enhance the beachy, boho vibe, spray Windblown 05 Dry Finish Spray. It elevates simple hairstyles by giving hair a volumized, tousled effect.
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Show off your spirals with a curl-enhancing hairstyle. Combined with your short haircut, spirals will give your hair a ton of movement.
For this look, good prep is just as important as the styling products you use. The Redken Curvaceous line is dedicated to haircare products for waves, curls and spirals, so your spirals look their best by the time you use your styling products.
Applying a gentle Curvaceous No Foam Highly Conditioning Cleanser will help retain as much moisture as possible in your curls, and following it up with Curvaceous Conditioner for Curly & Wavy Hair, focused on the mid-lengths and ends, will further hydrate your hair.
For defined curls, layer Curvaceous Curl Refiner Moisturizing & Curl-Defining Cream on top of Curvaceous High-Hold Gel. The former adds moisture and targets unruly areas while the latter promotes springy hold and definition. For protection against frizz, mist Curvaceous CCC Spray on hair.
See how to get curvaceous spirals here.
Add some eye-catching texture to short haircuts by creating sculpted finger waves. To modernize the classic short hairstyle made famous by flappers, leave the ends of your hair natural.
Find out how to achieve these heatless waves using only a comb, hair clips and two styling products—Hardwear 16 Super-Strong Sculpting Hair Gel and Forceful 23 Super Strength Hairspray—in this video. The hair gel molds the waves and keeps them in place, while the hairspray helps prevent frizz in humid weather.
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The sophisticated, short bob hairstyle never goes out of style. It’s particularly flattering on those with thin hair, since the blunt cut adds volume, and those with square jawlines, since the cut shows off a strong jaw.
When it comes to styling short hair in the form of a sleek bob, it’s all about the blowout. Start with a heat protectant on damp hair, followed by a mousse to add volume. Pillow Proof Blow Dry Express Primer Spray not only protects hair from heat damage, it helps cut down on drying time, too. Full Frame 07 All Over Volumizing Mousse acts as a heat protectant and anti-humidity insurance. Don’t forget to create a deep side part, and then blow dry your hair from roots to ends.
For full instructions on how to style a short bob hairstyle or some dreamy pastel haircolor inspiration, check out this page.
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Short pixie cuts, which are short haircuts with layers, are some of the most fun short hairstyles to work with. A short pixie cut allows you to play around with texture, shape and volume.
When styling pixie hairstyles, having a cream paste and a wax are essential. Shape Factor 22 Sculpting Cream-Paste allows you to mold pixie hairstyles to whatever shape you want, yet has a flexible, matte finish. Wax Blast 10 High Impact Finish Spray-Wax, meanwhile, adds texture and volume to your hair with medium control aerosol wax.
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Another take on the short bob hairstyle, think of the layered bob as the blunt bob’s wilder cousin. It has much more movement than a blunt bob and can add or reduce volume. It’s also versatile and works well with straight, wavy or curly hair.
To style a layered bob for an edgy look, work a small amount of Mess Around 10 Disrupting Cream-Paste into your hair to give it a tousled finish. For even more texture, mix it with a sprinkle Powder Grip 03 Mattifying Hair Powder. Find Redken’s interpretation of a layered bob here, with straight and flipped ends.
For more cute short hairstyles and step-by-step instructions for styling short hair, check out Redken’s full short hairstyles Lookbook.