It’s been about 3 weeks since I went to the hair salon and chopped 6 inches off my hair, giving up my long locks and replacing them with a lob! I asked my hair stylist for a straight cut (no layers), and she also used a tool to add some texture to the ends. Since then, it has been a slight learning curve to decide how I want to style it. I’ve played around with my straightener, my wand, and with some different products. Finally, I feel like I’ve fallen into a routine and am really loving how my hair has been coming out! Now that I feel good about the new ‘do, I wanted to share my tips and tricks! Read on for how I’ve been styling my short hair:
First, I should mention that my hair is naturally straight. Well, mostly straight. It does this annoying thing where it flips out at the end and I feel a bit like a 1950’s housewife, which is why I needed to figure out how to add some waves and volume.
I usually alternate between using a straightener or a wand when curling my hair, but for the shorter cut I’ve found it’s easier to use a wand. While I wait for my wand to heat up, I make sure to spray my hair with a heat protectant spray.
After spraying it down, I separate my hair into two parts (top layer and bottom layer) and clip the top layer on top of my head to keep it out of the way. I like to use a large clip like these but you could also use a hair-tie to put it into a bun. To brush it out, I always use a wet brush whether my hair is wet or dry, because I love how gentle it is on my hair. For the curls, I use the NuMe classic curling wand in the 25mm size.
Once the wand is hot, I take about 1-inch sections of hair and start curling away from my face. I find this wand to work really well, so I only hold the hair around the wand for about 10 seconds.
Now that the bottom half is done, it’s time for the top! Once I let down the top section of hair, I move the clip to hold the bottom section at the back of my neck, so it’s not in the way while I curl the second half.
Then I just continue the process, curling away from my face until I’ve curled all my hair.
Next I spray some hairspray to get rid of the frizz at the top of my head and to make the curls last longer. My favorite hairspray that I’ve found is this Flex Shaping Hairspray from Livingproof because it sets your hair really well without making it too stiff. Plus it smells sooo good!
Now you can see my hair is super curly, but it’s a little TOO curly for my style, so now I’m going to brush it out. I know what you’re thinking: “you just spent all that time curling your hair and now you’re gonna brush through it??” but I promise it makes the curls look much more natural. Plus, that’s why I spray it down first, so the curls will still hold even after being brushed out.
Finally, I tease the roots for a little more volume at the top (using the same wet brush) and then brush over the top so it doesn’t look tangled.
And we’re done! All in all the process takes about 20 minutes. Since I only wash my hair 2-3 times a week, I only need to go through this styling process a few times a week. On the days where I don’t wash it, I revive my hair with this Perk Up Dry Shampoo from Amika and quickly touch up the curls with my wand if needed.
I hope this was helpful for any of you with a short cut! If you have any other questions, feel free to comment below!