How to Style Short Hair: 5 Cute & Easy Hairstyles For Short Hair

Lizzy Capps
by Lizzy Capps
7 Materials
10 Minutes

For today’s tutorial, I decided to put together a lookbook of short hairstyles to show you how to style short hair! I know a lot of people with short hair struggle to style it, tending to leave it down or put it in a low bun.

I love my short hair and just because it’s short doesn’t mean I can’t experiment with it, so I put together a lookbook of five different styles for you guys.

This lookbook contains short hairstyles for women and short hairstyles for thin hair so if you fit the bill, keep reading!

Tools and materials:

  • Dry shampoo
  • Hair ties
  • Bobby pins
  • Brush
  • Wide-tooth comb
  • Hairspray
  • Hair straightener

Look 1

Spraying dry shampoo

1. Spray dry shampoo

Cover your hair in dry shampoo for a bit of volume.

Tying hair in a high ponytail

2. Put your hair in a ponytail

Separate two front bits of your hair and then scrape the rest of your hair back into a slick ponytail.

Teasing the hair with a brush for voume

3. Tease your ponytail

Tease your ponytail to give it a bit of volume. 

Twisting the ponytail into a bun

4. Twist the ponytail into a bun

Then, twist it into a normal bun. Add a lot of bobby pins to keep the bun together. You can also scrunch up the bun and pull strands out to make it a bit messier. 

Brushing the flyaways

Brush the flyaways upwards towards the bun and add more bobby pins! 

Spraying the back with hairspray

5. Spray hairspray

Add hairspray just to make sure none of those flyaways are escaping. 

Curling the front pieces of hair

6. Curl the front pieces of your hair

Shift the front bits of your hair over to one side and use a hair straightener to twist it away from your face, dragging it down to create a loose curl.

How to style short hair

Here’s the finished look! 

Look 2

Creating a shape side part

1. Part your hair

Create a sharp side part with a wide-tooth comb.

Adding water to reduce volume

2. Remove volume with water (optional)

I had dry shampoo in my hair so I just used a bit of water to remove some volume. If your hair naturally lays flat on your scalp, you can skip this step.

Creating a slick low ponytail

3. Create a slick ponytail

Brush your hair in the direction you want it to sit when you put it in a bun. Then tie it into a ponytail.

Twisting the ponytail into a low bun

4. Twist into a bun

Twist your hair into a bun, then pin it down.

Pinning the front sections

5. Pin the front sections down

If the front two sections of your hair don’t reach the hair tie, pin them down, hairspray them, and then use two bobby pins in a crisscross section so that they’re interlocked and won’t come out. 

Applying hairspray

6. Slick your hair down and spray with hairspray

Make sure you’re constantly slicking your hair down with a flat palm and keep spraying with hairspray.

Sleek short hairstyles

Here’s the finished look!

Look 3

Parting and sectioning hair

1. Part and section your hair

Do a side part with the front section of your hair and section off the two front bits.

Brushing hair back

2. Brush your hair back

With a brush, sweep the rest of it towards the back of your head. 

Spraying hairspray

If your hair isn’t staying in the right position, add some hairspray.

Pinning the hair on one side

3. Pin the front sections to your head

Pin the front bits as flat to your head as possible. Then, do the same crisscross bobby pin technique as in the previous look.

Slicking the hair down with hairspray

Use your fingers to slick it down then add hairspray.

Curling the ends of hair

4. Curl the ends

With the hair on the sides, go in with a straightener and, starting about halfway up the hair, twist outwards about 180 degrees and then pull downwards.

Quick and easy short hairstyles for women

Here’s the finished look!

Look 4

Sectioning and parting hair

1. Section and part

Part your hair into a side part and then gather all of your hair up in a ponytail at the crown of your head, save for one section.

Pinning the front sections of hair

2. Pin the front section

Slick the section down to your head, tuck it behind your ear, and secure it with hairspray and bobby pins in a cross pattern.

Creating a half ponytail

3. Create a ponytail

Get the longest piece of hair from the ponytail and wrap it around the hair tie to hide it. Pin behind the ponytail. 

Teasing hair for volume and setting it with hairspray

Tease for a bit of volume then finish with hairspray.

Short hairstyles for thin hair

Here’s the finished look!

Look 5

Taking out curls at the front

1. Part and section

Start with your hair already curled, and part your hair down the middle. Leave two strands in the front and create a top and bottom section.

Tying hair into a messy ponytail

2. Create a messy ponytail

Tie it up and pull out some strands of hair to make it messy.

Curling the front sections of hair

3. Curl the front sections

Use a hair straightener to create waves in the front bits.

Creating a messy bun at the top

4. Create a bun

Twist the top ponytail into the bun and use bobby pins to secure it.

Cute hairstyles for short hair

Here’s the finished look!

How to style short hair

I hope you guys loved these cute hairstyles for short hair. Let me know if you try any of them in the comments below. Thanks for joining!

Products used:

L'Oréal Paris Hairspray by Elnett Care For Dry Damaged Hair

Suggested materials:
  • Dry shampoo
  • Hair ties
  • Bobby pins
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  • MIMI GASCON MIMI GASCON on May 13, 2022

    Stunning 👍

  • He-Maw Jenkins He-Maw Jenkins on May 22, 2022

    All are cute & I will share with my 10 yr. old grandchild. She has her hair cut in a bob. Unfortunately, my hair is curly & in layers, but I will use these as inspiration, because I do not want an "old lady" hairstyle😉