Ever since I chopped off my hair to the shortest it’s ever been (the stylist had to go in with the shaver in the back!), my usual arsenal of styling tricks has proven to…well, no longer do the trick. The curling wands that produced perfectly beachy waves on my shoulder-length lob now make my hair twist and flip at odd angles. Styling aids that I used to spray and massage into buns and braids to create texture once I unraveled the ‘do are no longer useful now that my hair is too short to pull back. So, along with venturing out with my new look, I also ventured into new territory: experimenting with a selection of new (both to the market and just to me) products to see what works best on short hair. Ahead, the discoveries that made every day a good hair day.
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Curling short hair can be tricky since an errant bend can immediately throw off the look by adding too much volume to the wrong part of the style. Perfect tousled waves—lifted at the roots, bent in the middle and straight at the ends—can be easily created using this professional-grade curling iron. First, make sure the barrel and handle are set on “unlocked” mode, which allows the barrel to turn while the handle remains static. Separate hair into one-inch sections and clamp the iron at the roots. Then simply twist the barrel away from the face, while simultaneously pulling the iron down towards the ends. The marcel clip (versus a traditional spring-loaded clip) gives you greater tension control and the ceramic and tourmaline barrel allows the iron to move smoothly from roots to ends without pulling at the hair. The one-inch barrel is the perfect size for super short hair.
A cult classic for a reason, this spray goes beyond simply giving hair a sexy, tousled look (although, it does do that spectacularly). A long list of ingredients including kiwi, ginger root extract, mango, sunflower seed extract and vitamins help to strength, hydrate, thicken and care for the long term health of hair.
My stylist, Jon Reyman, slipped me a secret while he was hacking off my hair. “In order to get the texture and volume you want, you need to skip conditioner,” he advised. The reasoning? Conditioners, masks, creams and other nourishing products can weigh down a style and make it look flat. This foam hydrator, however, offers a solution. The texture is lighter than water but packed with hydrators keep strands soft and conditioned.