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Short hair is so chic. It’s fun and fresh. And it seems so easy…but let’s be honest, it’s not always that easy. Short hair can require more styling than long hair and it can be harder to find cute ways to style it, so you may get stuck in a hair rut. Depending on the length, you likely cannot just throw it in a bun or ponytail when you are in a hurry or looking to do something different with your short hair. Here are some styling tips and tricks to create playful short hair looks.

Accessorize, Accessorize

Pins, clips, and barrettes are always an easy way to add some glam without doing too much work. You can use just one or add in a few for a funkier style. If you find that these hair accessories tend to slip in your short hair, try using a dry shampoo to help hold it. If your hair is long enough to pull back, you can also find pretty hair ties.

Go Beachy

A beachy look is perfect for shorter hair. When hair is wet, spray Bumble and Bumble’s Surf Spray and tousle hair with fingers. This salt-infused spray creates sexy waves. You can either air dry or blow dry, depending on hair type. Feel free to add in a more spray after blow-drying, or run a curling iron over a few sections of hair to add in some more definition. This salt-infused spray creates sexy waves.

Stick Straight

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Unless short hair is super curly, you can easily straighten it. It’s much quicker to blow dry and flat iron and it will last a few days, so you can save time on styling. Always start with a heat protectant, like the Phyto Phytodefrissant Botanical Straightening Balm to help protect and style hair. After blow-drying and flat-ironing, finish with an anti-frizz hairspray such as Sexy Hair Smooth Sexy Hair Smooth & Seal Anti-Frizz & Shine to keep hair smooth and shiny.

Curly Girl

You can also add curls rather quickly, so even if you are short on time, this is a simple look for hair. After using a styling product and drying hair, use a curling iron. Take a 1-inch barrel curling iron and wrap hair around it (it’s OK if it doesn’t fully wrap). Spray hair while on the curling iron and then after removing it. You can even do this for just a few pieces. Run fingers through curls to loosen them further.

Half and Half

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Need another beach day ☀️

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So you might not be able to pull your hair all the way back, but you can likely pull part of it back. Instead of just pulling it back flat, you can tease the front of your hair to give it a bit of volume. Take either a pick, teasing comb, or a round brush, pull the hair up, add some spray, and blow dry. You can go over the section again with the tools and hairspray, but you likely won’t need to. Once dry, you can then pull it back. This also can make you look more awake and alert.

Lia is a makeup addict in Washington, D.C. When not at her digital marketing day job, she explores all things beauty and works as personal makeup shopper. She enjoys a strong latte in the mornings and a strong cocktail in the evenings.