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How to Style Short Hair

Think short hair is boring? Think again. These styles prove that a short haircut is not only surprisingly versatile, but also fun and sexy.

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    • Create Bangs

      Here's an easy way to change up your short cut: Comb your hair forward, giving the illusion of fringe. Apply a smoothing cream to damp strands and blow dry forward. 

      Must-have styler: OGX Moroccan Smooth Perfection Blow Out Cream ($7.50; walgreens.com

    • Add Height

      Exaggerated volume with a deep side part elevates an otherwise basic bob. Get it by spritzing with root lifter at the hairline and blow-drying with a medium-size round brush.

      Must-have styler: John Frieda Luxurious Volume Root Booster Blow Dry Lotion ($5; walmart.com)

    • Tousle It

      Infuse your chin-length bob with a ton of body and texture. To get it, coat damp strands with a volumizing mouse and gently twist and scrunch as it air dries.

      Must-have styler: Charles Worthington Salon at Home Volume & Bounce Body Booster Mousse ($10; target.com)

    • Go Sleek

      A deep side part and glossy, smooth strands create a glam, polished look. Create your part and comb hair so it swoops across your forehead. Finish with a mist of shine spray.

      Must-have styler: Garnier Fructis Triple Nutrition Nutrient Spray ($5; walgreens.com)

    • Wear It Natural

      Natural hair is almost wash-and-wear. A good moisturizing cream is essential to keep coarse hair soft and full of shine.

      Must-have styler: Smooth 'N Shine Go Pro Curls Butter Bouncin ($13; sallybeauty.com)

    • Go Curly

      If you have natural waves, boost volume and coax out some curl with a texturizing spray. Have straight strands? Create waves with a small-barrel curling iron. Once cool, break up spirals with your fingers.

      Must-have styler: Sexy Hair Curly Hair Full On Curls Volumizing & Texturizing Spray ($17.95; ulta.com)

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    • Go Straight

      Pin-straight strands give the lob (or long bob) a sleek look. Prep damp strands with a straightening cream and blow dry. Then smooth hair from mid-shaft to ends with a flat iron.

      Must-have styler: John Frieda Frizz Ease Straight Fixation Styling Crème ($6; ulta.com)

    • Make It Piecey

      Give the classic pixie some cool edge. All you need for the slightly mussed up look are your fingers and some styling paste.

      Must-have styler: Redken Mess Around 10 ($19; ulta.com)

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      Beach It

      Beachy styles aren’t just for long hair. To give short strands some surf-inspired texture, spritz damp hair with a sea salt spray and let air-dry.

       

      Must-have styler: L’Oréal TXT It Tousle Waves Spray ($5; drugstore.com)

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