Natural Hairstyles

7 Low Manipulation Hairstyles for Short Natural Hair

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Allison

Styles that are easy on your hair.

If you have natural hair, you probably know the struggle of figuring out hairstyles that look cute and won’t damage your hair. Since short natural hair can run on the dry and fragile side, many styles might involve heavy use of heat or intricate styling that can cause more harm than good to your stands. As much as we love protective styles, low manipulation hairstyles are another great option for natural hair types since they require little-to-no upkeep after you create them. To inspire you to try something new, we’ve collected seven low manipulation hairstyles for short natural hair that are perfect for your specific hair type and texture. Read on:

Low Manipulation Hairstyles for Short, Natural Hair

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A mini ponytail you can’t help but love. Photo credit: Verity Jane Smith

1.Easy Curly Ponytail

Told you these styles were easy! You don’t need long hair to do a ponytail. All you need is a good hair tie, a headband (or some pins) to hold in any free-flying hairs. Simply pull your hair up into a high ponytail and secure into place. We recommend covered hair elastics that are metal-free to ensure that they won’t tug or rip at your hair. The headband on top makes sure this style is extra cute, and can hold any baby hairs you may want out of your face.

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Cute curls while you sleep? Sign us up. Photo credit: Verity Jane Smith

2. Sleep-Set Curls

Heatless curls? Kind of our favorite thing ever. We love using foam rollers for a tightly coiled look, or flexi-rods for a looser curl. You can follow our step by step tutorial for setting your hair into flexi-rods. When you wake up, your hair will be set into perfect spring coils. Unravel all those flexi-rods and give your hair a little extra love with a styling oil like the Nexxus New York Salon Care Oil Infinite Nourishing Hair Oil that can add shine and hydration to your ends.

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Safe from splitting ends.

3. Top Knot

If your hair is at that length where it’s just long enough to brush against your top during the day, we suggest keeping those ends out of the way. Rough materials, like wool and knits, can catch the ends of your hair and cause breakage and knots. This makes top knots a pretty simple low manipulation hairstyle! If your ends can’t touch anything, they’ll be sure to stay safe.

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The shorter your hair the easier it is to tuck away. Photo credit: Verity Jane Smith

4. Tucked Braid

Another way we like to keep our ends hidden away is with braids. This braid is a simple enough style that you could do it in the morning before leaving for work or school. We suggest prepping your hair with an oil, or a conditioner like the Nexxus New York Salon Care Humectress Luxe Lightweight Conditioning Mist. It will keep your hair more hydrated and easier to style. Just braid your hair back and secure all the way at the ends. You can then tuck those ends right up into the space between the braid and your scalp to keep them safe.

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The most romantic style of them all.

5. Crown Twist

Another way to keep those ends tucked away is to go for the crown twist. This style is a bit easier said than done and is much easier to do with a friend on hand to help create an even look. We do adore this style, though because it works on surprisingly shorter hair and it’s just so darn romantic.

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Who doesn’t love a good pineapple ‘do?

6. Pineapple Bun

A much more casual style is the always popular pineapple hairstyle! Not only do your ends stay safe, but this funky style is easy to do. We always recommend two things when wearing pineapple hair: oils and scarves. We like the Suave Coconut Oil Infusion Damage Repair Oil Treatment for hair that needs some TLC. Scarves are great because they tie together the whole look, and keep your roots safe. Bonus points for using a silken scarf that will glide against your hair.

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Rock that frohawk!

7. Frohawk

Our favorite cool looking, low manipulation style is the frohawk. This style looks so much more complicated than it really is! At the end of the day, it’s just a series of ponytails. You can see how to create this style with our frohawk video tutorial. It’s easy, edgy and effortless cool!

Need more styles for short natural hair? Check out these short styles you can create in your sleep

Allison
Allison
27 February 2017

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