Don't believe the naysayers—cutting your hair short won't put an end to having fun while styling it. You will, however, need to reprogram the kind of looks in your repertoire, because petite locks have different needs. Either way, there's a reason celebrities like Bea Alonzo have survived ditching the long hair life while still looking their best all the time. To guide you through it, here are 10 short hair-friendly looks for all your events and IG selfies, courtesy of the actress:
1. The "I woke up like this" look
When you have to take a quick selfie but don't want to whip out your hot tools, here's a quick tip to give your locks some extra oomph: Brush it out, and then flip most of your strands to one side with a quick finger comb. Changing your partition this way will instantly add volume to flat hair since you're basically making your strands go against where they naturally fall.
2. Smooth blowout
A blowout is one of the simplest styles you can do to polish up your bob. Instead of using a regular hair brush though, we recommend using a round brush. This will allow you to swirl the brush underneath each section as you blow dry them, which will not only volumize but also give your strands some extra shine. FYI, some blow dryers actually take the form of a brush, and they make achieving this look so much easier!
3. Beach waves
The best thing about having short hair is that you have less to deal with when you're in the mood for a wavy look. If you want some effortless beach waves, grab a medium-sized curling iron and wave your locks out in small sections. Leave your hair on the barrel for no more than five seconds to achieve that loose wave. Once you finish adding waves everywhere, use a paddle brush to break up the curls so you don't get that clumpy look. But if you're not a fan of heat styling, you can put your tresses in braids overnight and brush them out in the morning.
4. Face-framing curls
This look is quite similar to the one above—the only difference being you need to leave your locks in the curling barrel for a little longer to get a tighter wave instead of a loose one. To achieve a more natural wave, start curling on the mid-section of your hair (around three to four inches from your roots). And when curling the front part of your hair, make sure to curl away from your face to get a face-framing effect!
5. Sleek and straight
Simply straightening your hair with an iron can look a little too flat (literally), so it pays to find small ways to amp it up. A quick and painless one would be to create a neat center part, which you can achieve with a fine-toothed comb. Once your partition is ready, proceed with your usual straightening routine to polish your tresses. For a sleek, night time-appropriate style, tuck the front sections behind your ear and set your roots with hairspray.
6. Side sleek
We know not everyone vibes with a center part, and if that's you, we offer you this sultry side-parted look for all your dinner parties and other formal events. For a lightly "brushed-up" effect, blow dry your hair (after you part it sideways) and tuck your strands behind your ear. Get a shiny finish like Bea's with a generous spritz of hairspray! Meanwhile, for a version you can do in five minutes, part your hair on one side, run through your strands with a flat iron, and finish off with a quick ear tuck. (Tip: To keep your tresses locked in, bobby pin your tresses behind your ears!)
7. Side braid
Small braids are a great and not to mention accessory-free way to keep your tresses away from your face. You don't even have to braid all of your hair—a single mini braid on one side can do the trick! You can opt to do any type of braid that you're comfortable with, as long as you can do it tightly enough to mimic the look of a shaved side. FYI, this looks so much better with a side part!
8. Messy bun
Once your hair is finally long enough to be tied up, try this edgy take on a messy bun. All you need to do is to gather your locks in a loose bun, and then gently pull out some strands to the front to achieve a more tousled vibe that also frames your face. You can loosen the top of the bun by pulling the hair at your roots, too!
9. '90s flip
If you want to try a '90s hairstyle without looking dated, this Christy Turlington-inspired hairstyle is your best bet. Copping it merely involves adding an inward flip to the ends of your hair, which you can easily do with a flat iron. In case you want more volume, give yourself a blowout before flipping! (Watch a full tutorial here!)
10. Old school waves
Going to a vintage-themed party? Show up in these old school glamour waves for maximum impact. The key point of this style are the big curls that point away from your face, so don't brush them out too much after heat styling to prevent them from loosening. When you're done, smooth out any baby hairs and don't be stingy with the hairspray, because we all know they were very generous about it back in the day!