How to Style Short Hair

I've never been able to grow my hair long. When I was baby, I was pretty much skin bald. When I finally started growing hair as a toddler, I had curly ends that always grew at the nape of my neck. When I started dancing hula, I was sworn off from cutting my hair but being the beauty lover I was — even at 11 years old — I wanted to keep up with the hair trend at the time (Britney Spears in the 90's hair). So when I asked my kumu hula for permission to cut my hair, she told me no but I did it anyway and I had the most beautiful layers any tween could ask for. 

So a few weeks ago when I got the itch to chop my hair off I knew that it needed to be done. Not only did I want to look so super cool like my favorite short hair idol, Demi Lovato, but I wanted to feel cooler (temperature wise) and I wanted a hairstyle that was quick to style in the morning. And I got exactly that. 

Here's how I've been styling my new short hair: 

1. Prep hair with a texturizing product to build hair texture and memory. If you're an air dryer, you'll love the IGK Rich Kid Coconut Gel. Just run a small dollop into the ends of damp, towel-dried hair and scrunch to build texture. I only air dry but recently i've been trying to build texture the morning after by spraying the Ouai Wave Spray from root to tip. 

2. Once your hair feels like it has some grip to it, quickly wave only the top layer of your hair with a 1 or 1 1/2 inch curling iron or wand. Wrap the hair you do have around the barrel once and leave the ends off so that it doesn't curl. 

3. Set hair with a texture spray or finishing creme. I prefer the Ouai Finishing Creme because it's like the creme version of a light hold hairspray keeping my hair feeling like hair (not dry or crunchy). And that's it! 

How do you style your short hair? Share your short hair styling tips in the comments down below.