How to style short hair: Inspirational looks to try

Jeanette | 28 February 2017

Get your cute crop summer party-ready! 


Don’t get us wrong, we totally adore short hair, but when it comes to styling it, it really is rather annoying! And while many of us feel limited due to the cropped length, there are in fact a wealth of neat ways to rock short locks – you just have to think a little outside of the box.

But don’t worry if your creative juices have run dry because the All Things Hair team has created the ultimate guide on how to style short hair!

How to style short hair for all occasions


how to style short hair with glitter roots
Glitter roots at Ashish SS16 fashion show. Credit:

Gorgeous glitter

We think that adding glitter and gold is a great way to make your hair stand out from the crowd. It’s easy to apply, and great for getting your short mane party-ready.

Not glittery enough for you? Then why not take inspiration directly from the catwalks and use confetti? It’s also an ingenious way of concealing your grown-out roots.

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Blooms-decorated afro. Credit: Instagram @spark.and.spunk.

Beautiful blooms

We didn’t think you could make afros any more awesome, but we’ve been well and truly proven wrong! Simply by inserting some delicate flowers into your mane, you’ll be able to mix the beauty of nature with natural hair!

It’s great inspiration for beautifying your TWA or afro for Coachella or Glasto. Credit: @spark.and.spunk

Space buns. Credit: Dvora

Mini space buns

Miley Cyrus probably has a thing or two to do with the rising popularity of this look, giving a nod to the retro ’90s.

Dealing with second-day hair, but need a quick, cute hairstyle? Then mini space buns could save the hair day.

Wear a pretty headband. Credit:

Pretty headband

Styling short hair for formal events and occasions isn’t always the easiest thing to do.

Sure, you can slick back your quiff or polish your pixie, but sometimes it just feels like you’re a little underdressed. So, how can you take your look to the next level? Try an Alice band!

Short hair with a scarf accessory. Credit: Dvora


Not sure how to style short hair for casual socials, like brunches or summer jaunts in the park? Then draw some inspiration from vintage pin-ups and old Hollywood starlets, and use a colourful scarf to add a pretty, yet retro touch.

Tip: Worried about your natural strands? Then try using a silk scarf, instead! It’ll be softer on your hair and won’t absorb as much moisture!

Christmas party hairstyles for short hair: glamorous vintage retro roll brown hair
The glam roll. Credit: Verity Jane Smith

The glam roll

Inspired by hairstyles from the ’40s, this retro-looking roll – which features tousled waves and a deep side parting – will make you look like an silver-screen starlet.

Pair this dazzling hairdo with some extravagant droplet earrings and a bold red lip, for a look that is practically red carpet-ready!

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Half-up, half-down French braids. Credit: Verity Jane Smith

Half-up, half-down French braids

Thought braids were too difficult to achieve in short hair? Well, think again, because this half-up, half-down French braided hairstyle was practically made for short crops!

If you ask us, the best thing about this pretty party hairstyle is that it looks good from every angle: we’re talking front, back, and sides. Better get practising on your braiding skills, then!

And don’t forget: a little bit of dry shampoo – we suggest the TIGI Bed Head Oh Bee Hive! Dry Shampoo – will go a long way in giving those plaits grip and making sure they last all day!

Party hair ideas: older woman with a slick wet look hairstyle
Slicked back hair.

Slicked-back hair

Want a really firm way to keep your short locks in check? Then you need to try the ultra chic wet-look hair trend, as seen on the heads of Khloe Kardashian and other A-list stars! To get this look at home, check out our step-by-step tutorial, here.

Short cuts: Beautiful young woman with a sleek bun at Fashion Week
Beautiful bun/ponytail. Credit:

Beautiful bun/ponytail

If your short haircut is just long enough to wear up, you might want to consider pulling it into a pretty bun or ponytail!

We know, these styles may seem a little basic, but if the high fashion runways are anything to go by, they’re a hot-to-trot look for the season ahead.

And whether you’re wearing chandeliers, drops or hoops, these ‘dos pretty much work with all earring styles!

Short cuts: Miroslava Duma accessorising short hair with a hat at Fashion Week
Accessorise with a hat. Credit:

Accessorise with a hat

Okay, this might be considered a little bit of a cheat, this look is both low-maintenance and time-efficient – giving you those extra minutes to show off your amazing style. And even if hat-hair incurs, just pass it off as bedhead texture and hold your head high!

Short cuts: Young black woman keeping it simple with a TWA
Keep it simple. Credit:

Keep it simple…

Still not sure how best to work your short hair with your earrings? Then remember: there’s absolutely nothing wrong with keeping your look simple – just look at this lovely lady as proof! Her TWA (AKA teeny weenie afro) gives off effortlessly chic vibes like no other, with her chosen accessories helping to emphasise the crop’s boldness. #Slay!

Editor’s tip: Want to make the most out of your short cut? Then why not try the Dove Pure Care Dry Oil Nourishing Treatment as part of your hair care and styling routine? Not only can you use it to moisturise dry-prone afros, but it works a dream as a detangler for straight tresses, too!


So, have these short styles got you in the mood to take the plunge and opt for the crop? Well, in that case, you need to take a look at our Short Hairstyles page, for all the latest looks and celebrity-endorsed ‘dos!

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