short hairstyles 10 Tips To Care For Short Hair

Give your short strands the special attention they deserve.

Whether it’s time for the big chop or you’re just in for a trim, choosing the best short hairstyle for you is hardly an easy decision. A new short ‘do is guaranteed to switch up your entire personal style. Plus, there are so many easy ways to style short hair— like the iconic pixie cut.  But keep in mind that chopping off your locks changes more than just your looks. Your new short hairstyle may require you to add something extra to your hair care and styling routines. To help keep you level-headed after your cut, we’re sharing our best hair care and styling tips for short hairstyles.

4 Short Hair Care Tips

The first step to the best short hairstyle is proper hair care. Adding these tips to your regular hair care routine will help keep your short locks as healthy and strong as possible.


Short Hair Care Tip #1: Use Less Product

Short strands still need leave-in hair care products (such as hair cream and hair serum), but they will require less product than longer locks. This might seem obvious, but it’s worth repeating because using too much product can weigh down your short hair and make it look flat and greasy. And nobody wants that! Instead, use a smaller amount of product and work it only through your lengths and ends.


Short Hair Care Tip #2: Wash As Often As You Need To

Short hair can have a tendency to get oilier at a quicker rate since the ends of your hair are much closer to your oil producing roots. Still, your hair will need moisture—especially if you’re amping up your washing efforts to combat greasy strands. To get fresh tresses without losing moisture, use a shampoo and conditioner system that’s formulated to replenish your locks, such as the L'Oréal Paris EverPure Moisture Shampoo and L'Oréal Paris EverPure Moisture Conditioner.


Short Hair Care Tip #3: Use A Deep Conditioning Treatment

Just because your strands are shorter doesn’t mean that they require less TLC. When your mane could use extra attention, swap out your regular conditioner for the L'Oréal Paris Elvive Total Repair 5 Power Restore Multi-Use Treatment. Use as a mask, co-wash or leave-in conditioner treatment, renewing straight to curly hair. 

Editor’s note: It’s important to use coordinating hair care products to get the best results, so if you pick up the above treatment, be sure to stock your shower with the L’Oréal Paris Elvive Total Repair 5 Repairing Shampoo and L’Oréal Paris Elvive Total Repair 5 Repairing Conditioner.


Short Hair Care Tip #4: Get A Trim

While trips to the salon are necessary to keep your short cut, there is a way that you can give your ends a trim and keep your hair healthy at home. Hair dusting is a method of trimming dead ends and the bits of hair that are split, overly dry, or otherwise damaged. This small trim can not only improve the overall appearance of your mane, but it can also make your short hair more manageable.

6 Short Hair Styling Tips

Now that we’ve shared our best short hair care tips, it’s time for some styling suggestions. Keep reading to learn about six short hair styling tips to help you make the most of your new look!


Short Hair Styling Tip #1: Refresh And Add Volume With Dry Shampoo

On days when your roots are feeling extra oily, refresh them with a dry shampoo, like the L'Oréal Paris Elvive Dream Lengths Air Volume Dry Shampoo. Simply spritz it onto your roots, holding the can six to eight inches away from your hair, then brush through. The formula will instantly absorb excess oil and give your strands a boost.


Short Hair Styling Tip #2: Make Headbands Your Bff

If there’s one thing that can make super-short tresses less tempting, it’s having to give up the ability to pull your hair into an easy ponytail. This much-loved go-to just doesn’t work with most short hairstyles. So when you’re looking to get your hair off of your face, you’ll simply need to find another solution一that’s where a headband comes in handy. Find a few stylish ones and you’ll be sure to have a new favorite accessory!


Short Hair Styling Tip #3: Tousle For Texture

Truly, there’s no hair length that can’t stand for some added texture. But short hairstyles especially look their best when they’re tousled and texturized. For a messy, piece-y effect, try a hair pomade, like the L’Oréal Paris Studio Line Overworked Hair Putty. just work a small amount through your strands (either damp or dry), then use your fingers to tousle your hair and style.


Short Hair Styling Tip #4: Air Dry Often

All hair types and lengths can benefit from air-drying more often since too much heat styling can contribute to damage. Using just a lightweight hairspray can help emphasize the natural shape of your strands and create a carefree, gorgeous look. To rock this style for yourself, spritz the L’Oréal Paris Elnett Satin Extra Strong Hold Light Hairspray onto damp hair, then scrunch your hair as much as desired and let it dry on its own.


Short Hair Styling Tip #5: Wear A Braided Style

If you thought braided hairstyles were only for medium or long hair, think again. It’s totally possible, and stylish, to pull off a braided look with short locks. Need proof? Here are 15 Cute Braid Hairstyles for Short Hair.


Short Hair Styling Tip #6: Consider Updating Your Color

There’s no reason you have to stick with just one change at a time. If you want a whole new look, pair your short haircut with a new hair color. If you’re wondering whether you’d look beautiful with blonde hair or red hair, now’s your chance to find out. You can update your hair hue at home with the help of an at-home hair color kit, like the L’Oréal Paris Féria, L’Oréal Paris Superior Preference, or L’Oréal Paris Excellence Creme. And just in case that sounds like too much newness for you, you can always switch up your shade with a temporary hair color spray, like the L’Oréal Paris Hair Makeup Temporary 1-Day Hair Color Spray, instead.

Photo Credit: Melissa San Vicente-Landestoy