How to style short hair

Combing short hair

Discover how to style short hair step by step. From the best strategy to prepare your hair (dry and apply the product) to the different shapes that you can give it at the end, through the amount of product to use and how to maintain it so that it does not lose its shape.

The main reason to bet on short hair is its enormous comfort. It is an ideal option for those who want to be ready in the morning in just a few minutes. And, naturally, it is easier to wash and style short hair than long hair.

The three phases of hairstyle

Chris Hemsworth in '12 Brave '

Three steps are enough to get you ready to go in the morning. The first thing is to wash and dry. The product is then applied, and finally it is given the desired shape. In the third step, you have to take care of small details, which is why it is the one that needs the most patience.

Wash your hair and towel dry immediately after getting out of the shower, as you usually do. Consider using the blow dryer to finish removing all the moisture, especially if you want to get more volume. Remember that the combination of dryer and product will help you defy gravity with your hairstyle.


Put on the product chosen for your hair (wax, paste, ointment, gel ...) in the palm of the hand. Rubbing your hands together, spread the product over your palms and fingers. Spread the product from roots to ends. Run your hands through your hair, working from the bottom up. Don't try to shape it yet; For now, just worry about the product melting correctly into your hair.

Finally, using your fingers or a comb (in casual hairstyles there is usually more of the first and in formal ones more of the second) style your hair as you like it. You can comb it to the side if you want a defined and conservative result. If you prefer something more casual, mess up your locks a bit using your hands. A final blow-dry touch will give you a smoother finish.

Maintenance is key

Barber scissors

Short hair needs maintenance. If the top and especially the sides grow too long, the haircut loses its shape and it transforms into something completely different.

Visit your barber every 1-3 weeks (depending on your haircut) so that your hairstyle is always on point.

Ideas to style it

Back with toupee

Johua Jackson with short hair back

There are many kinds of toupee. There are high, unstructured ones and then there are moderate ones, like this one. If you don't know how to style short hair, back hair with toupee is an option worth considering.


Daniel Craig with short hair to the side

The side parting makes a great pair with suits, which is why it is a great idea for going to the office as well as attending fancy events. With a small amount of wax and your hands should be enough to be able to throw your hair to one side. However, if you want a flatter and more formal side parting ('Mad Men' style) you will need a comb and a heavier product, like gel.


Daniel Day-Lewis with short hair

Textured haircuts are especially suitable for men with straight hair. It is also a good idea if you have receding hair or fine hair. For the hairstyle to work it is important that the front part has sufficient body. The hair dryer and a styling product will help you achieve this.

Casual mess

Rupert Friend with spiky short hair

If you have short hair you don't need your hairstyle to be clearly defined to shine, and this is the proof. There are tousled and spiky locks here and there, but the end result works great. It is about seeking naturalness through the effective technique of the studied disorder.

How much product should be used?

Wet hair

It is highly advisable to use little product when you have fine hair. The reason is that they add too much weight, something that does not interest men with this type of hair. Instead, dense hair can handle larger amounts of product. In any case, if you are looking for a more natural or voluminous result be sure to use the least amount possible.

The secret is to find out what is the right amount of product that helps you shape your hairstyle without crossing the line. There is an amount beyond which the hair is already too greasy or sticky. Trial and error will reveal how much it is in your case. If you go overboard, something that is not uncommon (especially when using a new product), and the product leaves your hair too tight or heavy, stay calm. Run the dryer again instead of washing it again. The hot air will help you melt the product and regain flexibility in your hair.

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