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When you’re working with short hair, you may find yourself experiencing major FOMO when scrolling through holiday hair tutorials. Since we think gorgeous hairstyles should be achievable for all hair lengths, we took it upon ourselves to create a guide to our favorite short hairstyles that are perfect for a New Year’s Eve party. So, forget about missing out—you can rock a braided hairstyle or updo even if you have short hair. Below, find four tutorials for pretty short hairstyles for New Year’s Eve, along with all the product recommendations you’ll need to create the looks, including shampoo, conditioner, hair spray, and hair serum.
If 2017 taught us one thing about beauty, it’s that messy hairstyles reign supreme. Instead of going full textured, messy mane, why not add a braid into the mix for a chic accent that’s perfect for New Year’s Eve? Get the look with the short hairstyle tutorial below.
What you’ll need:
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L’Oréal Paris Advanced Hairstyle LOCK IT Fine Control Hairspray
Get the look by following these simple steps:
Step 1: Create texture. Spritz some wave-creating hair spray into damp hair and allow your hair to air dry. If your hair doesn’t seem to be taking shape, use your hands to scrunch your hair up toward your roots for added texture.
Step 2: Part your hair. Down the middle or off to the side—it’s up to you when it comes to where you create your part.
Step 3: Grab the pieces of hair along your hairline on one side of your part. Weave these strands into a French or Dutch braid, continually adding hair as you go. Stop adding in new sections of hair once you reach behind your ear, at which point finish off with a traditional three strand braid until you reach the back of your head. Pin your braid in place.
Step 4: Repeat Step 3. Easy enough.
Step 5: Finish with hair spray. A spritz of hair spray here, a spritz of hair spray there, and you’ll be ready to dance the night away.
If you’re working with a seriously short bob haircut that puts updos out of the question, this is the New Year’s Eve hairstyle for you. Designed to add the perfect intricate accent, your short hair will look professionally styled while only incorporating a tiny section of your hair.
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L’Oréal Paris EverSleek Keratin Caring Conditioner
L’Oréal Paris EverSleek Frizz Finish Oil-in-Serum
Rat tail comb
Clear mini elastic
Step 1: Start with clean hair. Since this hairstyle is free-flowing for the most part, we recommend starting clean hair. Hop in the shower and use a shampoo and conditioner combo formulated for your hair type.
Step 2: Smooth your strands. To help add shine to your hair, massage a pump of hair serum into your hair before smoothing it with a few passes of your rat tail comb.
Step 3: Part your hair. Drag the tail end of your rat tail comb off to one side of your head to create a deep side part.
Step 4: Create a parallel part to your first part. Use the tail end of your rat tail comb to trace a parallel part no more than an inch away from your first part. Use the hair between these two parallel parts to weave your micro part accent braid. Make sure that your strands are super-smooth so that each weave will be sleek and smooth. Tie off your braid once you reach the crown of your head.
Step 5: Finish with hair spray. To maintain your super-sleek, shiny short hairstyle while making sure your braid doesn’t budge, seal your look with a few spritzes of hair spray before heading out the door for your New Year’s Eve party plans.
So often Dutch braids seem to be reserve for beauty bloggers with extra-thick hair down to there. But, believe it or not, short-haired babes can get in on the trendy look, too. Find out how below with our easy short hairstyle tutorial.
Get the look by following these simple steps:
Step 1: Part your hair down the middle. Easy peasy.
Step 2: Grab three pieces of hair along your hairline. Weave these strands into a Dutch braid straight back from your hairline, over your crown and down to the nape of your neck. Secure the braid with a clear elastic.
Step 3: Repeat Step 2. Pretty self-explanatory, right?
Step 4: Twist your pigtails into buns. Pin them in place when they look just right.
Step 5: Fluff up your braids. Focus the fluffing around your hairline, making sure to not add volume to the sides of your head, which can sometimes look off.
You’re going to be a total boss babe queen in 2018, right? So, why not do a little foreshadowing with your hairstyle this holiday season? This messy crown braid will take your New Year’s Eve hairstyle to the next level.
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L’Oréal Paris Elnett Satin Hairspray Strong Hold
Step 1: Work hair pomade into your strands. When you’re trying to weave all of your short strands into a braided updo, your hair can use all the help it can get to stay textured enough to not slip out of place. That’s where hair pomade can come in handy. Massage a dollop of hair pomade into dry hair to create the natural-looking waves and workable hold this New Year’s Eve hairstyle will require.
Step 2: Part your hair. Since this hairstyle features a crown style, you’ll want to work a center part so that each side of your crown is the same size.
Step 3: Begin braiding. Starting on one side of your head, divide the hair along your hairline into three equal sections. Cross the outermost sections of hair underneath the middle one, one-by-one going back and forth between strands.
Step 4: Continue braiding. Instead of stopping at the crown, braid down around the back of your head before converting to a regular three strand braids down to your ends. Tie your braid off on the opposite side of the back of your head with a clear mini elastic.
Step 5: Repeat. Do the exact same thing on the other side of your head.
Step 6: Pin your loose-hanging braids around the front of your hairline and pin them in place with bobby pins. Time to break out the bobby pins for this step!
Step 7: Pin any loose ends. If you have super-short hair, you may find that some pieces of hair don’t quite make it into your crown. Simply pin them up beneath your braid and you’re ready to slay—we mean ring in—the New Year.
Step 8: Finish with strong hold hair spray. Since your short hair might be fighting to fall out of your crown braid, be sure to give your new hair style an allover spritz of strong hold hair spray to help keep it in place.
Looking for something a bit more intricate to pair with your LBD this New Year’s Ever? Girl, we feel you. Instead of weaving a traditional three-strand braid, why not get creative with fishtails?
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Step 1: Part and plump your hair. Down the middle or off to the side, it doesn’t matter. Spritz it with some of texturizing hair spray to give it body and texture before moving on to the next step.
Step 2: Divide a section of hair along your hairline on each side of your part. Starting on one side, split the section you’re working with in two to create a fishtail braid back toward the crown of your head. Fluff it up to add texture and pin it behind the back of your head beneath an outer layer of hair.
Step 3: Repeat on the other side of your head. Who knew fishtailing could be so easy?
Five short hairstyles that are perfect for New Year’s Eve, which will you choose? Whichever you do, may this be your best New Year’s Eve yet!
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