How to Style Short Hair: Updos, Downdos, Cuts and More

These easy tips for styling short hair are perfect for everyone!

By: Emma Hassemer, Editor,
How to Style Short Hair

Word around town is that it's impossible to style short hair and that long hair is the latest and hottest trend. Well contraire my dear friend, short hair is the new fresh cut on the streets and people are straight up working the look. Learn all the tips and tricks on How to Style Short Hair so you can rock this chic and stylish cut.

Newsflash: Short hair is just as stylish as having long locks. You'd be surprised at the overwhelmingly large amount of dos you can do with your short and sassy look. From beautiful braids to voluminous curls, you'll look like you came straight off the runway with these hairstyles! The key to rocking your short hair is owning your look with confidence. 

Not only is short hair easier to manage and control, but typically, people tend to look more mature and older. So, if you're looking for a haircut that will paint you as your age, short is the way to go. Who doesn't like looking a bit more put together and professional?

You know what they say, less is more. Get those scissors ladies because it's time to pop, lock and chop it!

Short Hair History

So, how DID short hair get to where it is now? Thanks to the Greek girls living during 1100 BC, short hair has been an ongoing trend since then. 

-1915: The bob first made its appearance during this time and was named after the famous ballroom dancer Irene Castle. This look inspired the infamous flapper hairstyle.

-1920s: Ah, the time of the flappers! These ladies rocks their kinks and curls embedded into the "flapper hairstyle." Celebrities like Tyra Banks and Taylor Swift have been seen on red carpets bringing this style back.

-1950s: During these two centuries, Audrey Hepburn repeatedly wow'd the world with her short bangs and feisty cut. She was a beauty icon throughout her fame.

-1960s: The pretty pixie is often associated with the famous super model Twiggy. She definitely proved that ladies look just as good in short hair as men do.

-1990s: If you're a Friends fan, then you'll all know what I'm talking about when I say the "Rachel" hair was beyond popular during this decade. 

-Today: From slicking it back slipping it behind your ears, the short hairstyles are continuing to pour our each and everyday. Be on the look out for the next latest trend!

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Which Style Suits You?

Once you build up the courage to chop off your hair, you need to figure out which short hairstyle suits your face and most importantly, your personality. I'm going to break it all down for you so you can find your perfect hair match! Whether you have a round, square or oval shaped face, there's a haircut perfectly fitted for you.

Round Face
If your face is on the rounder side, a pixie cut with spiky layers will look just darling on you. This style really compliments your face and actually makes your face appear longer. Now I know what you may be thinking, "A pixie cut is way too short for me," but celebrity hairstylist Garen says otherwise.

"If you're going to go short, go short all the way," said Garen. Get some inspiration from these chic celebrity short hairstyles!

Oval Face
A bob cut will hug will accentuate your oval face and hug the edges. So your hair isn't just hanging out by the outline of your face, adding some natural looking layers will spice it up a bit. 

Square Face
If you have a square face (like me), go for a bob cut with side bangs. Another tip is to part your hair on the side of your head. This will add dimension and make your hair look more bouncy and full of volume!

Heart Face
A tousled wavy pixie cut will do your heart shaped face just fine. The best part about this look is you can run your hands through it throughout the day with the fear of messing it up. This messy yet put together hairstyle is perfect for those ladies who don't have time in the morning and like to roll out of bed and be ready in a split second.

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Updos for Short Hair

Don't be discouraged when it comes to putting up your short do in a little bun or braids. Be creative! There's endless amounts of updos you can put your short bob cut in. With a handful of bobby pins and clear plastic bands, you'll look red carpet ready by the time your hair is up and at em!

If you're going on a fancy date and are looking to impress, try this romantic pin up. This elegant hairstyle will keep your hair out of your face and it only takes minutes to do.

Ever feel like looking cute when you're just going to the gym or hiking with your friends? If so, try some french braided pigtails! Pigtails are back (not the Pippi Longstocking style) and celebrities like Kim Kardashian are making a statement in them. This casual hairdo will look adorable under a ballcap too!

You can't forget about the classic bun and ponytail. With a hair tie or ribbon, collect your hair and wrap it in a messy bun or pull it back in a slick pony

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Short Hairstyles

If you're not feeling all the hair ties and bobby pins, grab a straightener and curling iron and get ready to make your hair look like you just stepped out of the hair salon. 

An important step to take before touching your hair with a 400 degree styling tool is to spritz your hair with a heat protectant. I always make sure to coat my ends with a heat protectant and once I do, I never feel guilty about straightening or curling my hair because I know it isn't being burned off.

If you want to increase the volume in your cute cut, use a straightener to curl your ends under (kind of like a bob). This will add a natural flounce to your hair. Want a clean slicked back look? Straighten your hair from the roots down to the tips and using some gel, slick it behind your ears. 

If you want Taylor Swift's tiny tight curls, use a smaller curling wand. Using a wand rather than a clamp curler gives you more control on how tight your curls come out. If you're going for a more natural voluminous curl, grab a larger wand and wrap larger sections of hair around it.

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Products For Your Poof

To give your short hairstyle that healthy shine and glow that it oh so desires, you're going to want to give these DIY hair products a go. From texturized sea salt sprays to homemade hairspray, your hair will thank you for the love and care you're giving it. 

If you're looking for a way to thicken your hair and add some texture, give your hair a rinse with this natural hair thickening solutions. When your hair has been through a lot of heat waves from your curling iron, repair it with this DIY nourishing hair mask.

If your short sassy hair struggles with dandruff, this DIY hair treatment will scare those pesky flakes away! 

These DIY hair products will give your hair the love and affection it needs.

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