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While shearing off all your hair might be too much of a statement for most, shaving half of your head is becoming an increasingly popular choice for those who want to take a walk on the edgy side. The one thing that might still be scaring you off? A fear of not knowing how to style this trendy chop. Let’s clear something up: less hair doesn’t equal fewer styling options—and we’ll prove it. Here are five of our favorite (easy!) hairstyles you can rock after making the switch to half-shaved hair.
A half-shaved haircut may not be quite as effortless as going completely bold and bald, but you can still opt for a look that requires minimal maintenance. Put down your heat tools and you’re halfway there. Try out this wavy hairstyle that’s totally fitting for a day spent in the surf and the sand.
Step 1: Shampoo and condition. Begin by boosting the look of your hair’s volume with the right shampoo and conditioner. Try the L’Oréal Paris EverPure Volume Shampoo and the L’Oréal Paris EverPure Volume Conditioner.
Step 2: Towel dry. Gently dry your hair with a towel, just enough so that it’s not dripping wet.
Step 3: Spritz with wave spray. While your hair is still damp, break out the L’Oréal Paris Advanced Hairstyle AIR DRY IT Wave Swept Spray. Spray it throughout your hair and scrunch to help create shape. Allow your hair to finish air drying, then you’re good to go.
Trends come and go, but there will always be a place straight strands. Add a classic touch to a more current haircut by keeping your half-shaved hair sleek and straight. It’s as easy as 1, 2, 3.
Step 1: Use heat protectant. Anytime you’re going to be applying heat to your hair, you’ll want to use a heat protectant first. So, coat your hair with the L’Oréal Paris Advanced Hairstyle SLEEK IT Iron Straight HeatSpray.
Step 2: Straighten hair. With your flat iron, straighten your hair in sections until completely straight. If you aren’t sure you’ve mastered using a flat iron, read our tips for using a flat iron the right way.
Step 3: Apply a smoothing product. Complete your look with a styling cream. Apply the L’Oréal Paris Advanced Hairstyle SLEEK IT Frizz Vanisher Cream. Work the cream through your tresses to tame flyaways and smooth the cuticle.
When you want to instantly elevate any style, there’s an easy answer. Throw a braid into the mix and your mane will be taken to the next level. Style your strands into a French braid, exposing the shaved side of your head for an extremely asymmetrical style.
Step 1: Spray texturizer. Before braiding, give your hair some texture by spritzing on a texturizer through the length of your hair.
Step 2: Braid. Using your best braiding skills, put all of your hair into a French braid. If your braid isn’t quite up to par, check out our guide on braiding basics.
Step 3: Mess it up. Tug at small sections of your braid to give your style a messy, undone quality that’s totally on trend.
Step 4: Finish with hairspray. What good is a braid that doesn’t stay in place? Use a hairspray, like the L’Oréal Paris Elnett Satin Hairspray Extra Strong Hold, to help lock your look in.
What if you could look like you just hit up a blowout bar, without ever leaving the comfort of your home? Well, dreams do come true. Follow these simple steps to get your best blowout, all by yourself.
Step 1: Use heat protectant. Don’t bring out your blow-dryer until you’ve applied a heat protectant. Spray on the L’Oréal Paris Advanced Hairstyle BOOST IT Blow Out HeatSpray before styling.
Step 2: Blow-dry. Using your blow-dryer and a round brush, dry your hair completely.
Step 3: Curl your hair. With a curling iron, curl the bottom two-thirds of each section of your hair. As you go, alternate the direction you create your curls in for a more blended blowout.
Step 4: Add shine serum. What’s a blowout that doesn’t end with shiny hair? Use a shine-enhancing serum to give your hair a polished finish.
What’s the point of having a half-shaved style if you don’t show it off? Make your undercut the center of attention with a simple top knot. With what’s left of your long locks piled high atop your head, eyes will instantly be drawn to the shaved spot below your bun.
Step 1: Apply mousse. Starting with damp hair, apply a mousse, like the L’Oréal Paris Advanced Hairstyle AIR DRY IT Ruffled Body Mousse. Evenly distribute from roots to ends, then scrunch to help create body.
Step 2: Put hair in a ponytail. Pull your hair into a high ponytail and secure with a hair elastic.
Step 3: Turn it into a bun. Take the end of your ponytail and wrap it around the base, creating your top knot. Insert bobby pins around the bun to hold it in place.
Step 4: Finish with hairspray. For further staying power, spray the L’Oréal Paris Advanced Hairstyle LOCK IT Bold Control Hairspray over your style.
Success! You just learned five different ways to style your half-shaved hair. Now that you’re in the know, it’s time to learn more about how to care for shaved strands. Check out our piece on shaving your head to be sure you’re giving your scalp and hair the necessary TLC.