Next week I am going from waist-length locks to a short, textured style, more in keeping with being a busy stylist, mum of two little ones and a woman in her 30s! I know I am going to love it initially, but then get really frustrated with the decrease in styling versatility going for the chop inevitably brings. So to pre-empt my styling nightmares, I have made a mental list of looks to try when a smidge of wax just won’t cut it. Here they are for anyone stuck in a (short) hair styling rut…
Look 1: Start with freshly washed hair that is still damp and work in some mousse (label.m’s Volume Mousse, £12.95 is great) to give it a bit of oomph. Then blow dry, moving the hair around with your hands. When the hair is about 75% dry, use TIGI Bed Head’s Hard To Get Texturizing Paste, £13.45 on the mid-lengths and ends to break up the hair and add texture. Alternatively, completely dry your hair and then use a powder product such as OSiS+’s Dust It Mattifying Powder, £12.95 to texturise the ends.
Look 2: If you have a longish fringe, try plaiting or twisting it back, either in a French plait style to create a headband effect or just pinning a singe plait/twist back to create a different look.
Look 3: Starting with damp hair, spritz in some of Bumble and Bumble’s Surf Spray, £22 and scrunch, leaving it to dry naturally. If time is of the essence and you hate leaving the house with damp locks, use a diffuser on a low heat setting to gently complete the drying process.
For evening or a special occasion
Look 1: Marilyn style waves are timelessly elegant and great if you have a longish bob. Curl small sections of your hair, roll up and pin in place to cool. After 45 minutes, take the pins out and brush through with a natural bristle brush to create Hollywood waves. If the curls are too tight, just keep on brushing until they loosen. Use got2b’s Oil-licious Tame and Shine Styling Oil, £4 to smooth the waves and combat any frizz.
Look 2: Think rock chick, Pink style, and use OSiS+’s Rock-Hard Ultra Strong Glue, £12.95 to create a quiff at the front of your hair and to slick back the sides, tucking them behind your ears.
Look 3: For a softer look, use a conical wand to tong very small sections of your hair. Break up the waves using Aveda’s Pure Abundance Hair Potion, £21 and spray with got2b’s Mind Blowing Quick Dry Hairspray, £4 to set. For added sparkle, spritz with OSiS+’s Sparkler Finish Shine Spray, £12.15.
For day or evening:
Look 1: Use a headband or comb to create a statement. Pull your hair back using a smidge of wax and pop in a bejewelled or floral headband or comb.
Look 2: Colour makes a massive impact on shorter styles. Consider adding some pieces of a more unusual colour such as pink or indigo, or simply have some beautifully placed highlights popped in to really show off your cute cut.