Short Hairstyles

How to make short hair wavy: A step-by-step tutorial

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Learning how to make short hair wavy has never been so easy!


When we think about wavy hair, bouncy blowouts and Hollywood waves often spring to mind. And while these styles are easily achievable for those with long hair, what about us girls with short tresses? Well, instead of resigning yourself to a life devoid of texture and natural-looking movement, you just need to check out our guide on how to make short hair wavy, below!

Okay, so you may think that getting a wavy ‘do in your cropped hair is going to be tricky, but in reality, it couldn’t be simpler. And to walk you through the process, we’ve enlisted the help of our resident beauty blogger Lorna Literally – go on, get styling!

Style guide: How to make short hair wavy


Apply heat protectant.

Before you learn how to make your short hair wavy, ensure you prep your tresses for styling by using a heat protectant. This will help guard your hair from any heat damage caused by your heated styling tools.

Our current crush is on the TRESemmé Heat Defence Spray, so pick up a bottle and get spraying!


Apply mousse.

To help add volume to your hair, squirt a tennis ball-sized amount of the VO5 Volume Mousse into your hand, and then smooth it over your strands, ensuring that you’ve distributed it evenly throughout your mane.


Blowdry your hair.

Once you have fully coated your hair with mousse, it’s time to activate it using heat. Simply grab your hairdryer and blowdry your tresses to unleash the volume boosting properties within the mousse.


Curl your hair.

Pondering: “how to use a curling wand on short hair?”. Well, don’t worry. Now your hair is dry and prepped, it’s time to learn how to make your short hair wavy!

Place a couple of inches of your hair into your curling wand and slowly turn it away from your face, so that your hair loosely wraps around the barrel of the tong. Hold for a couple of seconds, then release.

Editor’s tip: Leave the ends of your hair a little straight. Trust us, this will help your short hair lie better when it’s curled!


Separate your curls.

After curling your entire head of hair, and having allowed them to cool, gently run your fingers through your mane to separate them. This will make your curls appear fuller and also provide natural-looking movement.


Final look.

Et voila: a luscious set of curls in your short mane – see, we told you it was easy! To give your strands an extra shine boost, just spray your finished wavy ‘do with some of the TIGI Bed Head Masterpiece Shine Hairspray, to help hold your hairstyle from morning to night.

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How to curl your short hair with a straightener. Credit: Verity Jane Smith

How to curl short hair with a straightener

If you don’t happen to have a curling wand to hand, how about learning how to curl short hair with a straightener, instead?

Grab your slimline pair of straighteners and twist the straighteners away from your face, so that your hair is gently wrapped around them. Then, pull your straighteners, so that your hair moves through the clamp while it’s still wrapped.

But the secret to nailing short tresses? Leave the bottom of your hair straight. We know it sounds a little strange, but trust us, this will help your short curls lie perfectly in place!

How to curl short hair without heat

Not keen on straighteners? Not a fan of curling wands? The good news is, you can learn how to curl short hair without heat!

Try plaiting your hair overnight to create gentle waves. Just remember: bigger braids will create subtle waves, while multiple plaits will create smaller curls.


And just like that, you’ve completed your short wavy hairdo! Don’t forget to share your hair creations with us on Twitter, will you?

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14 March 2017