Lately, the new fad for hair is messy, on the top, in the back…. whichever way you can get it. I remember several years ago that fad hit all the men who soon accepted that they looked a little like women and decided to go for the ever so clever, fohawk haircut. Original!
Women, however, can get away with this crazy short hair style. The problem women seem to have is that they can’t style it messy without really making it look messy. So, I am going to take my 11 years in the hair business and give you a few tips and tricks! Without further ado, here is how to style short hair styles for women;
The Blow Dry
This is more important than you would think. When hair is wet, the tiny links inside the hair shaft are loose. Picture a chain when it’s handing down and you can visualize what I mean. When the hair dries the links attach and stay attached until your hair is wet again. This is why humidity messes up your fabulous hair style. So, how you dry your hair is critical in what you will be able to get it to do when you’re styling it. If you want your hair messy, dry it messy. Flip your head over and go crazy.
On a side note; to all those girls that like straight swoop bangs but the spiky, messy style in back try this. Dry your bangs exactly how you would like them, then flip your head over and go crazy! This will ensure that the links in your bangs are dried straight down.
This is also important. I know you ladies think the stylist is just trying to get a commission off your hard earned money, and sometimes you’re right. But the truth is that the product does matter. You could easily spray it down with pounds of hair spray and call it good, but I can promise you won’t be happy with it in a few hours or a few months when your hair is caked with hair spray shampoo that you will be able to remove.
You know those small white spots in your hair that always seem to be there? That is caked in hair spray. Go to the local salon and ask for a conditioning treatment. Or head to your local salon and purchase a clarifying shampoo. I prefer Resolve, by Joico. Keep in mind this is meant for rare use because it will dry your hair out.
a) Thick Short Hair
If you have heavy thick hair, purchase a clear, sticky product. There are tons of these. I prefer clear because it won’t show in the hair if you use too much of it. Rub it between your hands to make it warm and apply throughout the crazy parts. If you are unsure of what to get, ask a stylist for advice. And don’t get frustrated because one didn’t work for you. Everyone has different hair. That is why there are so many products out there.
b) Thin Short Hair
Now if you have thin, fine hair use something light. There are a number of products out there that will do the job. Some girls can use a shine serum and it does the job, while others find that too heavy. A product that has fibers in it is light and holds nicely. Redken has a great one called Rewind. You rub it between your hands, and as you pull your hands apart it stays attached in thin web-like fibers. It is light and works great if you know how much to use.
Good luck to the ladies who have gone short! Follow these easy tips on how to style short hair, take a deep breath and give yourself time to get use to it. I am a hair stylist and even I have the desire to shave my head bald on occasions when I can’t do my hair right.