When it comes to easy hairstyles for short hair, there’s no denying that sporting shorter locks can be fun and fabulous. While it’s always best to consult with a pro when finding the perfect crop to suit your hair texture and face shape, dressing up your hair’s style is something you can easily achieve on your own.
Here are some hairstyle ideas to make short hair shine. Whether you have straight hair, curly hair, or something in between, these everyday hairstyles can take you from day to night with ease.
Which Is The Best Hairstyle For Short Hair?
Nothing’s stopping you from trying all the short hairstyle trends, from beachy waves to more classic styles. And every great short hairstyle starts with a great cut. Shorter hair often entails lots of layers and special cutting techniques to give it texture and volume. Then, it’s a matter of choosing the right tools and styling products when going for specific hairstyles.1
It does take a little bit of effort to execute cute hairstyles you can rock daily. But, as you’ll see, it’s definitely doable – and the finished look is well worth it.
French Twist For Short Hair
Shorter strands need not miss out on classic updos. Here’s a less formal take on the basic French twist.
- Start with second-day or unwashed hair for more grip. If hair is clean, apply some texturizing spray or dry shampoo for added hold.
- Place an extra-long bobby pin vertically on the back of your head, a little off-center.
- Gather hair into a low, messy ponytail. Use hairspray to give hair more hold if needed.
- Roll or twist hair towards the direction of the long bobby pin. Use smaller bobby pins to secure the twist and anchor it to the long bobby pin.
- Set hair with a mist of hairspray.2
Front Dutch Braid
A braided crown will always look festive and pretty. It’s a great way to make the most of “dirty” hair – in fact, it will help add texture and grip to your ‘do.
- Muss up hair with a texturizing product or mousse.
- Take a small section of hair from behind one ear. This “hides” the start of the braid and gives it a more seamless look.
- Divide hair into three strands. Start braiding across your hairline, picking up more strands as you go. Once you’ve reached the other side of your head, secure the braid with bobby pins.
- Gently pull out some sections of the braided crown to look a little more “undone.” This gives your hairstyle a more casual and romantic look. Finish with hairspray for more hold.3
Show off your highlights and layers with some loose waves. This now-classic messy hair look gives off a cool, chic vibe – as if you’re just off the beach.
- If hair is too clean or flat, massage some mousse or dry shampoo at the roots for a little extra lift.
- Apply a heat protectant to your strands.
- If using a curling iron, use a larger barrel, and twist hair away from your face to create soft, subtle waves. You can also use a slim flat iron for a similar effect, crimping hair in sections and twisting away from your face. The goal is to create uneven, relaxed, wavy layers.
- For beach waves, it’s all about the texture. Apply a few more spritzes of dry shampoo or sea salt spray, then scrunch up and muss hair to achieve that casual bedhead style you crave.4
’90s Half Pony
The classic 1990s half-pony is having a moment (again). If you’re looking for a cute, easy hairstyle, this one can’t be beat. You can even opt to secure your pony with a scrunchie for maximum nostalgia.
- Gather the front section of hair into a neat and tight ponytail at the top of your head.
- Secure with a clear elastic. Brush hair up, and tamp down any baby hairs or loose strands with some gel or hairspray.
- Comb through the ponytail and the rest of the hair at the back of your head for a sleek look. You can even flip up the ends with a flat iron for full effect.5
Undercut Long Pixie
This edgy, modern style can also look more playful with the right styling. Ask your stylist for a shaved undercut and a long, side parted front bang. This style typically has longer layers in the front compared to the back, so you’ll still have plenty to work with when styling. Some ideas:
- Get a good color to really make the cut stand out. Darker roots with blonde highlights would look beautiful.
- Use jeweled pins or pearl barrettes to add a little “old world” contrast to the modern pixie and undercut.
- Apply some sea salt spray to break up the pixie’s layers and add a little more texture to your hair.6
This is a sophisticated look that conveys confidence. It’s a great look that is professional enough for work but cool enough for nights out on the town.
- Apply mousse to the roots of your hair, especially at the front section near the hairline.
- Blow-dry the front section nearest the forehead by (gently) pulling up back. For more lift, you can tease the hair as well.
- Slick hair back with hair gel for that wet look and to give it some hold.
- Muss up lengths in the back with sea salt spray to make it look a little more casual.
- Apply hairspray to seal the look.7
Maintaining Short Hair
Make sure to treat your shorter hair as you would longer locks – with plenty of TLC. Find the best haircare products for your natural texture and hair type. Having the right hair care routine and products can help reduce buildup and heat damage from frequent styling.