Although you will always have your one look to fall back on, sometimes it feels like your styling options are limited when you have short hair. You may feel like you can't change up your style for special events, formal occasions or for any other reason where you may crave a new look. However, you can give your short locks a new look is as easy as making these simple changes...
Switching up the texture of your hair can give you an instant new look without too much effort. Change your texture by using one of these techniques:
Use gel or moulding cream to add spikes and flicks to your short locks.
Here, our model has blow-waved her short locks into a chic, flicked out style that has been further sculpted by twisting wax into the flicks out ends. She has also scrunched wax or moulding cream through the top layers for extra volume at the crown.
Montego Glover goes for a sleek look here by moulding her short locks down with gel. She has twisted the ends of her bangs to create a smooth but spiky look as they drape across her face, while the rest of the hair has been slicked down. This is a great way to create a funky but sophisticated look on short hair with gel or moulding cream.
Scrunch your locks with mousse and a diffuser attached to your blow-dryer to encourage and enhance any natural curls or waves.
Here, our model has used mousse and a diffuser to bring out her natural soft waves in her short layered haircut. For extra style, she has gelled one side behind her ear to create a contrast of texture.
For extra texture, try blowdrying your hair upside down using a diffuser, while using a circular motion to dry your roots with your fingers. This will create a wild, texturized look as seen here on our model. Use wax to twist out the ends for extra volume and shape.
Use mini heated styling tools like a straightening iron or a curling wand to make your locks super straight or romantically curly.
Scarlett Johansson has created a glamorous look here by adding large curls to her short 'do, and paired it up with a deep side part for an elegant finish. You can create this look by using a curling wand, curling iron or small to medium hot rollers. Keep the curls in tact by scrunching moulding cream or gel throughout then finishing with a strong hold hairspray.
For a straight and sleek look, try Andrea Riseborough's flat ironed 'do here, which is complete with a deep side part, slicked down locks and a chic Twenties feel. This is a great option for ladies who have naturally curly or wavy hair who want to try a completely different look. A strong hold gel is needed for this 'do.
Here, for a completely different look, Andrea Riseborough uses a small curling iron to create a cherubic curly 'do in her short locks. As you can see, using styling tools can really change up your short locks, depending on if you straighten or curl them.
Hair color is super great way to add an instant change without having to change the cut of your short locks. Use these ideas for a whole lot of color fun...
Use temporary color in your hair to dress it up for a party or special occasion.
Spray in color or wash out hair mascara can be used to add multiple colors in lots of different designs if you're creative enough to color your own hair at home.
Clip in color hair extensions that can be trimmed to match your length will provide a dye-free night of color.
Bring out the tones of your hair color by matching your makeup colors. A lipstick or eye shadow that has similar tones to the bright color in your hair can bring out the best in your hair and face.
Or, go for something a little more permanent by opting for a multi-tonal look like the ones below:
Our model combines her tousled short 'do with blonde, copper and pink tones for a funky finish. The great thing about short hair is that maintaining many colors is more affordable than doing so on long hair, plus you can try out bolder color options without having to worry about damaging the hair too much.
For a subtle but fashion forward look, tiny streaks of color can be added to the front panel or bangs, as seen on our model here. She has added rainbow tones to her 'do, but any color will work. Use one that has a definite contrast to your base color for a more defined, head-turning look, or choose a color that is 1-2 levels lighter than your base for a more natural look.
As you can see, having short hair does not mean you are limited to one look. All it takes is a little bit of creativity and styling time, and your short tresses will be transformed!
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