When you’re in a pinch, a low ponytail is a must-try for shoulder-length strands.
Start by working a dime-size dollop of styling gel into wet or dry strands. Then, pick your part (we love a deep side one) and use a flat bristle brush to sweep your hair into a smooth, low ponytail.
It’s the glossy shine and pin-straight texture that give this timeless bob a more modern appeal. And the length, just below the chin, is a great way to highlight your bone structure.
To achieve super-sleek strands, prep your hair with a smoothing cream, and go over it with a flatiron.
Then, add body at the roots by applying volumizing spray before drying with a round brush, making sure to curl under (ever-so-slightly) at the ends.
For a bohemian take on an updo, we love this effortless, banded look.
Start with a great blowout. You’ll want extra height at the crown (which you can get by using a volume-boosting spray on damp roots).
Next step: Wrap a headband (anything from a stretchy headwrap to a bandanna will do) around your head. The front of the band should sit just below your hairline, and the back should sit at the nape of your neck. We’re huge fans of Deepa Gurnani’s beaded styles.
Last, twirl the loose ends into one twist and tuck them over and behind the headband, and secure with bobby pins.
This more polished take on beachy waves is the perfect day-to-night hairdo.
First, coat damp strands with a curl-enhancing cream, then give them a twirl with a curling iron. Use your fingers to comb through and break up the curls. If you want glossy tendrils, stop here. But if you’re going for a more beachy vibe, add dry shampoo and tousle a bit more.
Long layers and a deep side part give this sophisticated, playful pixie a bit of edge.
To re-create the style at home, blow out your strands with a round brush. Then spritz dry hair with texture spray and run your fingers through for an undone finish.
Want a bob that oozes with edginess? Try a chin-length chop with tousled texture. Just be prepared to maintain your fringe with trims about every three weeks.
To get the look, curl two-inch sections of your hair with a curling iron, leaving the ends loose to avoid tendrils. Then, spritz with texture spray and use your fingers to scrunch and tousle your strands.
Big body blowout is an unexpectedly fresh take on shoulder-length strands.
Curl the top-center section of your hair with a large-barrel curling iron, and clip each coil up to your head. Spray with hairspray. Then release the curls and brush them out with a bristle brush. Now, just back-comb (or tease) at the roots and style!
Side-swept bangs and tightly coiled curls bring a girly softness to chin-length locks.
To get the look, separate your bangs from the rest of your strands with a clip. Then, create a side part, spritz with heat-protection spray, and use a curling iron (start halfway down the hair shaft) to make a mixture of ringlets. Now, use a small round brush to blow out and sweep your bangs to the side.
A great look for girls with short, naturally curly strands, this rocker-chic style is surprisingly easy to master -- in just four steps.
Spray your hair with dry shampoo before you begin styling (this will add grit and help bobby pins hold).
Use a flat bristle brush to sweep your strands upward (almost as if you are creating a comb-over) and pin in place.
Then, repeat the “comb-over” on the other side and secure.
Set the look with lots of hairspray.
Delicate side-swept bangs and face-framing waves are the keys to this more formal short hair look.
Start by curling your strands with a large-barrel iron. Then start behind your ear and brush all of your hair to one side, and use bobby pins to secure the sweep. Spray with stronghold hairspray.
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By: The Beauty Experts at L'Oréal Paris
Whether you've recently started thinking of going short, or you've already made the cut, you've probably concluded that a cropped look is more limiting than long hair (in the styling department). But don't fret -- while Heidi-style braids and big ballerina buns are most likely not in your near future, there are lots of other great styles to try.
And, guess what? We've gathered some of our favorites right here.
Click through the slideshow above to check out 10 totally chic short strands!