15 Short Hairstyles That Will Convince You To Chop Your Hair Off
So chic and versatile.
A handheld fan or tall class of iced coffee are two methods worth trying when attempting to fight off the scorching temperatures and humidity, but short hair is the ultimate hack for staying cool in the summer. “These hairstyles provide low maintenance with less shedding and less dandruff,” shares Jasmine Rilington, hairstylist, licensed cosmetologist, and founder of The Glam Room. Not only does short hair ensure sweat doesn't get stuck to your neck and back, but with when you play with various styles and accessories, these lengths can be extremely versatile, too.
Justin Toves-Vincilione, professional hairstylist and Authentic Beauty Concept advocate agrees: “Cutting your hair short, while liberating, can also cut down styling time,” the expert says. “With less hair to style, you can focus more on your outfit, makeup, and summer events.” Plus, even though there is less hair, the styling options are endless — it might just take a few expert ideas to freshen up your look for the season.
Whether you’re in the market to cut your hair or want to update your already short ‘do with a fresh new look, ahead, TZR spoke to a couple celebrity hairstylists to get the top insights on how to style short hair for summer 2023. Some of these styles only take five minutes, while others are a great glam moment with a bit more effort. Whatever level of effort you’re willing to put in, explore all their tips and tricks, plus the products and hair accessories needed to achieve each look.
Pixie With Micro Bangs
A chic It-girl pixie haircut is an ideal look when temperatures rise. At first glance, piecey micro bangs may look hard to master, but they are actually a great way to highlight your facial features while still looking polished. The key to keeping this style feeling fresh is ensuring that the strands have texture, but don’t feel weighed down.
Ideal for bobs, Toves-Vincilione recommends using Authentic Beauty Concept Nourishing Hair Oil in place of water to perfect this wet look and a soft bristle brush to sharply glide hair back. You’ll want to keep a couple hair clips and bobby pins on hand to make sure the hair is secure.
For naturals, summer usually means a good protective style like braids or twists. But in between those styles, it’s a good idea to let your hair breath from being tightly tucked away. If you’ve been thinking of going shorter for more healthy hair overall, warmer weather is the perfect time to a cropped cut. Not only is styling short curly hair a breeze to do but it will also give your strands a break from hot tools, but it’s a low-maintenance look that requires simple products for upkeep.
Mini Bun Top Knot
Casual and chic, this style can easily be achieved with products and items you likely already own. A simple but sturdy hair tie will do the trick, but what really makes this look pop are the slight waves that lightly fall from the mini bun. To keep it looking polished, mist with a light sea-spray that also adds shine.
Side Part Slick Back
Without a doubt, the grow-out period is the worst part of haircut. But this slicked-back style is an easy way to look put together in a snap. Whether you choose to secure your strands with a basic hair tie or opt for a stylish barrette, the key to nailing this style is a gel that holds well and delivers a naturally glossy finish.
Looking for a quick update to your short cut? Then look no further than the addition of a wispy curtain bang. Though usually matched with longer styles, short hair with bangs can be just as appealing. For a fresh twist on a grown out pixie cut, these sweeping pieces in the front will open up the face and highlight your eyes. To get the best style, give them a quick blow dry with a suitably sized round brush or use velcro curlers overnight for a fluffy look in the morning.
Boxy Curly Bob
There’s a reason the bob haircut transcends time. With its versatile, face framing shape, a bob is flattering for almost every face shape and hair texture. Take this boxy version of the cut that’s ideal for curly hair. For this type of hairstyle, keeping frizz at bay and shine consistent is essential for summer. With that in mind, try adding a curl activating and hydrating hair serum to your wash day routine and finishing with an oil for glossy look.
Mixie Cut With Micro Hair Clips
Adding hair accessories is one of the easiest and most playful ways to change up your look. And micro hair clips are great for hybrid short haircuts like the mixie because they draw just the right amount of attention to your length, adding flare to all textures. For added fun, smooth the hair with a lightweight oil before placing the clips in your hair.
Pin curls are another stellar summer option for short hair according to Amy Abramite, creative director and stylist at Maxine Salon in Chicago. Also known as finger waves, they are small curls that lay flat against the head for a defined frizz-free style. To execute at home, the pro suggests investing in a leave-in cream and working it through damp hair. “Separate hair into individual coils by twirling them around fingers,” she says. Next, press curls against scalp and secure with small clips and air dry. Lastly, remove clips and keep curls in tact.
As statement-making as cascading braids are, the braided bob is a stunning breezy and lightweight short style for summer. Not to mention this style air dries dries well after the pool or beach without the hassle of tangles, tools, or a lot of time, according to Abramite. To update the look, add some beads in for a more playful aesthetic.
Retro High Pony
“Ponytails are the easiest resort to summer temperatures but that doesn’t mean they have to be basic,” says Priscilla Valles, Los Angeles-based celebrity extension expert. You can quickly liven up your short hair look with a sleek ponytail extension with flipped ends for a bold and romanic look. “A subtle flip adds a flicked texture to the layers for shaggy effect,” Abramite tells TZR. Yes, it’s semi preppy but it’s also a beautiful tribute to popular ‘90s beauty trends, giving you height in the front and volume on the sides.
To style: create volume and texture by adding paste on damp hair with hands. “Apply paste throughout hair with fingers by lifting at the root area and flipping out ends for separated details,” Abramite continues. Next, air dry hair and scrunch to break up product for soft definition and shine. To finish, gather hair into a high ponytail and comb to neaten edges. Secure with a hair tie. If you want an extra flip, spritz hair with high protection so it’s slightly damp and with a round brush, blow dry hair to add more flick to the ends.
Typically swirled and curled edges are all the rage, but this summer pearl accents are doing all the talking. Whether you are going to an event or just interested in playing around with your cropped look, secure pearls down with pomade or strong-holding gel for a unique and eye-catching effect.
Worn on Marsai Martin, Yara Shadid, Olivia Rodrigo, Lizzo, and more, space buns are definitely trending this summer. “Space Buns have always been a fun fusion between Y2K and E-girl, but this season they’re getting a major edit,” Toves-Vincilione tells TZR. “Ditching the flirty and casual vibe of the past, 2023’s space buns will be runway ready, sleek, and sophisticated.” And while creating space buns for short hair isn't as seamless as those that have eight inches or more, rest assured that as long as you have the right products space buns are possible for short hair.
To style, twist two pigtails into buns and secure with two hair ties. The expert recommends Solid Pomade for a snatched look and Working Hairspray for a lightweight hairspray that will perfectly control flyaways and stray hairs.
Sometimes trying out a new hairstyle can be overwhelming, which is why accessories are a seamless way to update your short hair with no time at all. Accessorize your cut with a padded headband for a chic style that works for office meetings, brunch, and everything in between. Add a slight flip to your ends for a retro-inspired summer. As for products, Rilington recommends mousse for molding the hair before getting it into your desired look and oil sheen to add shine.
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