10 styling products you need if you have short hair
Leading hair experts share their best tips
By Iantha Yu
Beauty Crew Beauty Editor / May 15 2019
If you think having short hair is much easier to maintain than long hair, think again. While this hair length isn’t completely tricky to style daily, you'll make your life a lot easier if you equip yourself with the best beauty products for the job. We spoke with the industry’s leading hair experts for their advice on the best styling products for short hair.
Try a matte texturiser
“Fudge Hair Shaper has a matte texture that ensures you don't look a hot sweaty mess,” says Fudge Professional Ambassador Lisa Farrall of Wig London. “I like to work this into my hand and apply it deep into the hair, and go from the root to ends in circular motions.” We like that the pliable medium hold texture of this hairstyling product (as opposed to something with a firm hold) allows for movement in the hair.
Smooth hair with a balm
“As shorter styles are naturally more voluminous, use a smoothing product like Aveda Smooth Infusion Nourishing Styling Cream to blow-dry or air dry your style smooth,” says Aveda Artist Darren Summors. Psst... this hairstyling product works a treat on frizzy hair.
Add grit with a clay
“For women with short hair, a styling clay, like De Lorenzo Elements Clay, is ideal as it defines and separates short styles,” says Rob Sylva, ambassador for De Lorenzo. “It’s also important to find a product with hold to tame fly-aways and keep your style in place. Work with small amounts at a time, rubbing through the palms of the hands to help activate the ingredients and apply to sections of wet or dry hair.”
Get a tousled look with dust
Look no further if you're after a super easy solution to styling short hair. “Shu Uemura Art of Hair Volume Maker is perfect for short hair because the precise brush applies the root-boosting hair powder just where you need it, and in controlled amounts,” says Lauren Branciamore, hairstylist at The Society Salon. “It adds beautiful texture and definition, and the invisible powder refreshes the hair between washes without the heavy feel dry shampoo sometimes has... plus it’s small and handbag-friendly to give your hair a boost when you’re on the go!” We also think this is one of the best styling products for fine hair, due to its lightweight texture.
Refresh roots with a dry shampoo
This may not look like a regular dry shampoo, but we guarantee that it's just as effective for short hairstyles. “Eleven Australia Dry Powder Volume Paste recreates second-day texture by lifting the roots and adding volume and grit for that perfect done-but-undone hairstyle,” says Joey Scandizzo, hairstylist and founder of Eleven Australia. “Apply a small amount of the paste on dry hair; for those with short hair, work the product through from roots to ends to create a model off-duty look.”
Boost volume with a paste
Try a sugar spritz for light texture
If you want to create the look of wavy hair without the need for something as heavy as a hair gel or the effort of a curling iron, this product is suitable for all hair types. “Short hair usually requires a bit more styling on the day-to-day, so I would suggest Wella Professionals EIMI Sugar Lift, which gives hair a light, crunch-free texture,” says hairstylist Renya Xydis. “No need for heavy styling gels or clays… just a light spritz of this and you’re good to go.” Similar to a texturising spray, mist this over damp hair and scrunch your hair up with your fingers to build volume. Finish by either letting your hair air dry or use a hairdryer on a light heat setting.
Play with a sea salt spray
“Label M Sea Salt Spray is a must,” says Nathan Cherrington, owner and Artistic Director of Toni&Guy Concord. “This sea salt spray gives instant texture and natural volume, and also creates that lived-in and effortless finish that short-haired girls long for.”
Build shape with a cream
“If you’re a short-haired girl, a light moulding cream, like Mr Smith Style Cream, is crucial for definition as it’s not too heavy and won’t weigh the hair down,” says Tarryn Cherniayeff, founder of MOB Hair. Top tip: Due to its heavier texture, it's best to use this on thick hair as it may weigh down thin hair.
Boost shine with a wax
"Less is More Honeywax provides hold with light shine,” says hairstylist Barney Gleeson of Salon Baby Hair. “Use your fingertips to get some out of the pot, warm it between the palms of your hands and scrunch it through your hair for texture and definition after it’s blow-drying.”
Have you tried any of these hair products before? How did you like them? What do you think are the best products for styling short haircuts? Tell us in the comments below.
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Iantha is BEAUTYcrew's Beauty Editor, and has been part of the team since the site launched in 2016. Besides pinky-nude nail polish and wispy false lashes, she has a healthy obsession with face masks and skin care ingredients. Her previous work can be found in Virgin Australia Voyeur, Women's Health, and SHOP Til You Drop.