Short hair is liberating, isn’t it? It feels light and cool in the summer, washes and dries in no time, and with the right tools and products, it’s just as versatile as long hair! Short hair does have its own challenges, from damage and split ends to looking flat and drab, and when that happens, it is obvious! Keep your short hair looking healthy and gorgeous with these simple tips!
CUT BACK ON YOUR PRODUCTS
If you’re used to having long hair, you may be used to needing handfuls of shampoo, conditioner, shine serum, or mousse to tame, gloss, and hold your tresses in place, but with short hair, a little goes a long way! Not only is it important to use the right products for your hair type, it’s crucial to use the right amount. Too much of anything can weigh short hair down and make it look flat, dull, and lifeless.
Start with just a dime-size amount and go from there. If you need a little more, you can add a bit, but taking it away is almost impossible! With any moisturizing or oil-based product, begin with the ends of your hair and work your way up toward the root. If you are dealing with product buildup on your short hair, consider a clarifying shampoo, such as Bumble & Bumble Sunday Shampoo.
USE THE RIGHT TOOLS FOR SHORT HAIR
If you love to use a straightening iron for a sleek, modern look, or you reach for a curling iron for soft, gentle waves, make sure you’re using the right tools for short hair. Wide flat irons are used to efficiently straighten long hair, but don’t work as well for short hair and can even cause scalp burns, while large-barreled curling irons won’t grip and curl short hair.
A narrow, thin straightening iron, like this Kipozi Pro Flat Iron provides smooth, straight hair for even thick, coarse strands starting at the root. For curls and waves, a narrow-barreled option, such as this BaByliss Pro Nano Titanium curling wand is great for even the shortest styles!
PROTECT YOUR HAIR
I know we just said to be careful about the products you use on your hair, and that’s true, but you still have to protect your hair, especially because short hair with damage is glaringly obvious.
In addition to a good quality shampoo and conditioner, you need to protect and moisturize your hair. Here are some tools you may want to add to your arsenal:
- Heat protecting spray to coat your hair and protect damage from heat-styling, like this HSI Argan Oil Heat Protectant
- UV protectant to keep sun damage from frying your hair and leaving it dry and brittle. The Sun Care Protective Hair Veil by Aveda is a lightweight mist that won’t weigh short hair down
- Texturizing spray, like Shu Umera’s Texture Wave not only gives you gorgeous, beachy waves, it extends the life of your shampoo, provides hold without a crunchy feel, and gives you volume and versatility without having to break out damaging heat-styling tools.
MAINTENANCE IS CRUCIAL
The most important tip to keeping short hair looking healthy is professional intervention! With long hair, when you’re going a little too long between trims or your roots are showing, it’s not as noticeable, especially when you can pull your hair back into an updo. With short hair, even a small amount of new color growth is obvious, and split ends and damaged ends stick out like a sore thumb. Visit your stylist at least every six weeks to touch up your style, hide your roots, and keep your hair looking healthy and vibrant!