Bad hair days are something everyone goes through, no matter your hair length.
But there’s no denying that having short tresses can seriously impede the lengths (pun intended) you can go to hide said bad hair day. After all, it’s not like you can throw it all up in a bun, right?
Wrong! Unbeknownst to you, there are actually tons of ways you can style your shorter tresses. In fact, here are 13 of our favourite easy tips for styling short hair. Trust us, great hair days are just within reach!
1. Add volume to your crown by drying your hair differently
Lank, lifeless locks is definitely not what we want from our hair. Considering Singapore’s humidity though, it is almost always an inevitability.
Counteract this by adding instantaneous volume to roots. The secret actually lies in how you blow-dry and or air-dry your hair: what you have to do is basically part it the opposite from how you want your parting to appear and dry your locks from there.
Once hair is fully dried, flip it back to your desired part, and voila! Instantly voluminous locks without the need for any product whatsoever.
2. Or, failing that, opt for dry shampoo!
When in doubt, simply spray it onto roots to get rid of greasy locks. We even have a pretty thorough list of best dry shampoos in Singapore that you can check out, along with some handy tips on how to use them.
3. Or, crimp top sections of hair to add even MORE volume to hair
Sure, crimped hair may have only been cool in the early 2000s, but did you know that you can use it to add mega volume to shorter locks? Known to be one of the best of easy tips for styling short hair, all you have to do is crimp the top sections underneath the outer layer of hair to boost flat tresses.
Watch it here to get a better idea of how this works:
4. Spray hairspray onto your bobby pins before insertion to prevent slippage
One of our favourite easy tips for styling short hair? Spraying a smidge of hairspray onto bobby pins.
This is because short hair tends to slip out of bobby pins more easily compared to longer locks, so you can work to keep your strands in place by spritzing hairspray onto the inside of your bobby pin. Problem solved!
5. Or use a ‘locking’ technique to keep bobby pins in place
Ensure your pins stay all day and hidden by utilising this ‘locking’ technique. It may be a little tricky when you first start out, but trust us, you’ll get the hang of it.
Begin by aiming the open end of the pin against the direction that your hair is pulled. Then, rotate the pin so the open end is facing the same direction as the hair before pushing it in towards your head.
Here’s a step-by-step tutorial as to how to do it:
6. Bevel the ends of your hair for bouncy, fuller tresses
You know that cute inward curl some girls have at the ends of their hair? Well, it’s called beveling, and it adds instant oomph to your look all while being super easy to do.
Using a flat iron, run it down your locks, turning it inwards when you get towards the ends, and there you have it! Kawaii or what?
Here’s a video tutorial in case you’re still feeling unsure as to how to do it:
7. Or, use sea salt spray to add texture to your ends
You can still get wavy, beachy waves with shorter locks! Plus, you don’t even have to limit it to your ends, either — grab your favourite sea salt spray, spritz along your hair, and scrunch it up for glorious texture.
It’s super easy, and also inexpensive: if you want, you can even make DIY your own sea salt spray. All you need is a teaspoon of sea salt, some seltzer water, and a spray bottle. Pour them all together, mix, and there you have it.
Prefer store bought options? Don’t worry, we have you covered. Check out our list of best sea salt sprays for flat hair!
8. Tame flyaways with a toothbrush and hair spray
One of the sure-fire easy tips for styling short hair and getting rid of unwanted flyaways is to grab an old toothbrush that you’re not using anymore, spritz on a little hairspray, and use it to comb them down! 100% effectiveness rate guaranteed.
9. Keep your fringe or shorter layers out of your face with a braid
A great way to keep your hair out of your face is by braiding it back, of course! Section off your fringe or any shorter layers and weave it towards the back of your head, securing it with a bobby pin after.
10. Slide a headband on to keep hair sleek and chic
Shorter chunks of hair may be impossible to tame at times, so keep your locks sleek, chic, and away from your face by sliding a headband on. There are lots of designs out there, from simple to bejeweled that is sure to suit whatever outfit you have on.
11. Braid hair from back to front
Nope, you don’t need long tresses for this look! One of the easy tips for styling short hair involves braiding from the back to the front instead, as layered shorter pieces in the front might be a little difficult to braid.
Here’s a full-on tutorial as to how to get this look:
12. Only put pomade and wax at the ends of your hair
We know it may sound tempting to style your tresses with wax and pomades, but they tend to weigh down a lot on hair, which shows especially when you have shorter locks.
Keep it to the ends only if you really have to use it. After all, you don’t want to flatten all the hard work you did when it comes to volumising your roots, right?
13. Don’t use a brush while blow drying your hair
It’s way too easy to get puffy, uncontrollable locks if you use a brush as you blow dry. Instead of using a hair brush, use your fingers to tousle it to get a more natural, effortless look, or shape and style your hair after your hair is dried to avoid that dated poufy bob that was popular back in the ’90s.