short hairstyles 9 Short Hairstyles to Freshen Up Your Spring ‘Do

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February 09, 2022
How To Style Short Hair


There is a common misconception that people with short hair can’t do much styling — but that’s simply not true. There are many perks to having short hair. It’s often easier to manage, it stays off of your neck and face during the warmer months and can be extremely versatile. 

From bobs to pixie cuts to finger waves, there are so many hairstyle options to choose from. And after picking a style, you can add some flair by playing around with the texture and incorporating on-trend hair accessories, such as pearl barrettes and headbands. 

But with hair of any length, you can get stuck in a hairstyle rut. So below, we’ve rounded up 9 fun and easy ways to style short hair this spring — plus the affordable hair products you can use to achieve these looks. And if you have long hair but are dreaming of trying a short ’do, let these looks be your inspiration. So grab some hair clips and read on. 

1. Bob Box Braids 

For those with short natural hair textures, a bob box braid hairstyle is an easy and low-maintenance option. No need to sit in a chair for several hours. Book an appointment with your favorite stylist or DIY with some online tutorials. Be sure to start off with clean and conditioned hair before starting the braiding process, that way your hair will be prepped properly. 

Reach for a hair care system that’s made for natural hair, such as the L'Oréal Paris Elvive Dream Lengths Curls Moisture Push Shampoo and L'Oréal Paris Elvive Dream Lengths Curls Moisture Seal Conditioner. Both products are formulated with hyaluronic acid and castor oil which add an extra touch of hydration to dry strands

Then apply the L'Oréal Paris Elvive Dream Lengths Frizz Killer Serum Leave-In throughout your strands to prevent any unwanted frizz. Follow by parting and plaiting your hair, taking it section by section. After your braids are done, add some more of the serum to the palm of your hands and run it over your braids to seal in any flyaways and add some shine. If you need rubber bands or beads to hold the braids at the end, make them part of the style.

2. Pixie Cut With Bangs 

Pixie haircuts with bangs can definitely make a statement when done the right way, and if you’re looking to switch things up, this could be a great style for you to try. We recommend going to see a professional for this look because it requires different cutting techniques and the use of a razor. 

For those who already have a pixie cut and want to add body to it, mist a texturizing spray or dry shampoo — such as the L'Oréal Paris EverPure Sulfate-Free Tinted Dry Shampoo for Brown Hair or Blonde Hair (depending on your hair color) — throughout your mane. This will provide extra volume with va-va-voom results. You can also use a round brush and blow dryer to style it to your desired volume, too. Just be sure to use a heat protectant to prevent any damage. 

3. Low Mini Bun 

Many of our favorite celebrities have been seen rocking the sleek low bun hairstyle and we can see why. It’s an effortless hairstyle that can be accessorized with hair clips for an easy day-to-night look. And, it can be done even if you have short hair.

To DIY, brush your hair and mist it with the L'Oréal Paris Elnett Satin Extra Strong Hold, Light Hairspray Unscented to reduce any frizz and keep your hair super sleek. Use a brush to sweep all your hair into a low ponytail. Then, wrap the ponytail hair around itself until it creates a bun. You can secure it with a hair tie or pins to keep it in place. Finish off the look by adding in a few jeweled hair accessories for some extra glam.  

4. Short Textured Waves

If you have straight short hair and want to change it up a bit, try adding in some waves for a beach-inspired look

You’ll first need to protect your strands using the L'Oréal Paris Elvive Dream Lengths Heat Slayer Pre-Iron Spray Leave-In. Section your hair with clips and use a one-inch curling iron to create curls across your head. Then, use a hair pick to separate and comb through the curls lightly. To keep your waves from falling throughout the day, spritz with a hairspray immediately after styling. 

5. ’60s Hair Flip 

Sure, the ’90s are back, but here at L’Oréal Paris, we’re suckers for retro hairstyles, like the iconic hair flip from the ’60s. Just as its name suggests, this trendy ‘do involves wearing your hair straight with a prominent flip at the ends. Lately, it has been taking over red carpets and our social media feeds, and we stand by it! 

To get this vintage look, start off by applying a heat protectant all over your hair. Then create a middle part and section off pieces of your hair with alligator clips. Use a flat iron to create flips towards the end of the hair and repeat this process across all the sections until you are done. Finish off the look by spraying the flipped ends of the hair with hairspray to help add volume to the style and keep it in place.

6. Curly Shag

Another vintage look we’re currently obsessed with is the curly shag. This hairstyle is an ode to ’70s hair and a great way to give new life to curly hair. Plus, it’s a low-maintenance, lived-in look that doesn’t require more than 10 minutes of styling time. 

All you have to do is run an egg-sized amount of L'Oréal Paris Advanced Hairstyle CURVE IT Elastic Curl Mousse through your strands. It provides long-lasting hold without stickiness or build-up and delivers the ultimate bounce to spirals.

7. Slicked-Back Hair

While it’s true that folks with straight strands are always after volume-heavy ’dos, a super-sleek look can level up your everyday hair and be quite the refreshing change — especially for short hair. You can wear it up in a sleek ponytail or down in wet hair look — either way the slicked-back style exudes elegance and sophistication.

If you want to give this look a try, use your fingers to comb the L'Oréal Paris Studio Line Clean Gel through the roots of your damp hair. Follow with hairspray to lock your wet-looking, slicked-back strands in place.

8. Afro

Once upon a time people with curly hair did everything they could to straighten and flatten their spirals and coils. But these days, many of those people are embracing their texture instead — and we’re here for it. From pixie cuts to bobs to lobs, short curly hairstyles are extremely versatile, ultra-modern and super cute. 

To nail the curly afro look, you’ll need the appropriate styling products. Since curly-haired folks are constantly using different formulas to moisturize and define their curls, they often struggle with weigh down and product build-up. That’s why the L’Oréal Paris Elvive Dream Lengths Curls No Build-Up Curls Micellar Shampoo is a must in a curly hair routine

On days when your hair is feeling extra heavy, use this water-to-foam formula instead of regular shampoo. It acts as a magnet to remove dirt, oil and product build-up, leaving your hair and scalp feeling squeaky clean. 

9. Half-Up, Half-Down Hair

Low-maintenance folks, rejoice! On days when you're pressed for time or feeling lazy (don't worry, we've been there, too), throwing your hair up into a half-up, half-down hairstyle is a simple and fast way to show off your strands, while also keeping your hair out of your face. 

What makes this look so great is the fact that it works with all hair textures and can be worn in many different styles — from a half-up top knot to a half-up braid. Not to mention, it’s also a classic go-to for in between wash days.  

The products you’ll need will depend on the half-up, half-down look you decide on. But you can’t go wrong with a bit of the L'Oréal Paris Elvive Dream Lengths Air Volume Dry Shampoo. It’s a must for when you want a bit of volume and texture at the root of your mane.

Next: 10 Tips to Care for Short Hair

Edited by: Sophie Dweck; Photo Credit: Anita Knezevic IG/@anitaknezevic