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Lifestyle Blog By Shauna Young

How to Style Short Hair: 3 Fool Proof Looks that I Love!

Wednesday, September 5, 2018
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Cutting off my hair was one of the best decisions I made, but styling it can be challenging.

When I sat down in the chair at my hairdressers a few months ago, I knew it was time for a change. I finally took the leap and soon enough my hair was the shortest it have ever been. It was liberating to not feel my hair brush my shoulders and my daily routines of styling and maintenance soon became an easy few minutes every day.

After a wash, I would use a leave in conditioner and be on my way. It was as simple as brushing it straight and just letting it air dry. The simplicity and convenience of it has been life changing, but it’s also left me in a bit of a slump when it comes to styling it. 

When my hair was longer (and I mean much longer) I had no choice but to style it. Whether it was loose waves, braids, or committing to using a flat iron for a few hours, I had no choice but to come up with something. Now, with my hair being shorter, honestly I’ve just gotten lazier

My "minimalistic" approach to beauty is deeply rooted in my laziness to not spend hours getting ready. Especially this summer with the heat waves and humidity, there’s no way I was spending any extra time on my appearance. Reality was that within hours, my perfectly done hair and makeup would be a sweaty mess. People wouldn’t even be able to see that I’ve taken the time to do anything. 

For a few weeks I would let my hair air dry and once my hair was long enough, I became that person who would just throw it up in a ponytail. But I didn’t cut my hair to just give up on styling it, it’s just about relearning what works best. 

Hence, these go to styles. I’ve found that mixing between these three changes it up enough to be interesting, while still being simple enough to handle. 

Look #1: Messy Waves 

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By far this was the most challenging only because I was so used to dealing with longer hair. When my hair was longer, my curls would have to be tighter to start so I could then control how loose they will be, but with my current length, I don’t really have to worry about taking that extra step. With my 1 inch curling iron, I use it more as a wand and wrap my hair around it. I’ll change direction of the waves throughout so the look overall appears messier and worn in as opposed to those perfect curls. 


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Styling Tip: To prep my hair for waves, I actually like to start with textured hair. I’ll either braid my hair or twist it and sleep on it, then in the morning I’ll have a natural wave that is easier to work with. Then to set it, I’ll flip my hair upside down and spray lightly with hairspray as I scrunch the curls to let them set and play up the messier texture that I’m aiming for. 

Look #2: Low Bun 

Short hair, bob haircut, styling hair, hair styles, beauty blogger, beauty post, how to, tutorial, hair tutorial, beauty tutorialThe second look is perfect for the days where it’s either ridiculously hot or you’re in a rush and want to look “perfectly undone”. Again, I think this look is better when your hair already has some sort of texture to it. If it’s freshly washed, then I’ll use a texture spray or dry shampoo to prep it. Then it’s as simple as tying your hair into a messy low bun with one elastic. Then I’ll run my fingers through the front of it to pull some of the strands out to frame my face. 


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Now this look is actually better for people with shorter hair because there’s just less to work with and with one elastic my whole head of hair will be held. 

Look #3: Straight & Sleek 

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Now onto the last look, and this is the least interesting, but it’s probably one of my favourites. If you have the time, then using a flat iron just smooths out your hair beautifully. Now this has become a lot easier for me to do now that I have less hair. Back when my hair was longer it would take a few hours to get all of my hair. Now, in less than 20 minutes, my hair is sleek and smooth.


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Styling Tip: When working with a flat iron, this for me causes the most damage to my hair. I make sure that I use a deep conditioner afterwards and on a regular basis to keep my hair healthy. I like to lightly spray my hair with hairspray after to keep any frizz controlled and then brush through my hair right after. 

And there you have it, 3 hairstyles that I love wearing now with my shorter locks. 

What’s your go to hairstyle? Let me know in the comments below!

2 comments:

  1. Ugh this post makes me want to chop off all of my hair! Nice work!

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    1. Go for it! I don't think I could go back to long hair, after cutting mine!

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