Which comes first—the confidence to wear short hair or the confidence that comes when you wear short hair? Either way, rocking a short hairstyle elevates your style and makes you one of the cool girls. Not to mention the fact that you instantly gain hours of extra time each week, because styling short hair is quick and easy. Air drying is the go-to styling strategy—a short haircut will fall right into place. And even if you decide it’s a blow dry or curling iron type of day, the process will only take a few minutes on short hair. If you’re ready to embrace a chop, here are nine ways to launch your look.
Meet the “shlob!” It’s a cross between a shag haircut and a lob haircut, thanks to the fact that extra layers are placed strategically throughout the cut. This creates a fuller shape and more volume when the hair is waved or curled. Before drying the hair, apply a volume boosting mousse to create fullness and soft lift.
Italian Ice Pixie Cut
Hair By: @bleachedandblown
A mango, lemon and lavender color melt play off the sharp angles of this short haircut. The crisp perimeter lines are balanced by soft internal layering, which keeps the look feminine and playful and offers tons of styling options. Regular use of color-care shampoo and conditioner will help maintain the depth, shine and tone of every hair color.
Blunt Pixie Cut
Bangs are having a major moment and this square, brow-grazing fringe marries the trend to the traditional short pixie haircut. You could also direct the heavy bangs up and away from your face for an edgy pompadour effect. To get a fuller look, apply a texturizing styling spray to damp hair and direct strands back with a vented styling brush and blow dryer, lifting at the roots as you dry each section.
Short Curly Hair
Hair By: @thecurlcollectivephx
Two of the biggest complaints about curly hairstyles are one: they frizz and two: they fall flat. Thanks to a special cocktail of moisturizing styling milk and curl defining elixir, problems solved! Apply the styling milk first for lightweight moisture, followed by the curl elixer for curl definition and flexible hold. Then diffuse the curls for consistent, frizz-free hair.
The blunt bob is a classic, for many good reasons. It’s chic and sophisticated, and it’s a great way to give fine hair the appearance of more fullness and body. What’s new now? Adding a few delicate layers around the face to flatter eyes and cheekbones, and opting in when it comes to a strong statement hair color like this zesty tangerine. Treat fine hair with a lightweight volumizing mousse before drying, for body, shine and protection from heat damage.
Modern Shag Haircut
Is it time to express your inner rock star? The shag is a versatile cut that can be worn extremely messy or seamlessly straight. It also gives finer hair lots of body. Adding curtain bangs plus waves and curls to your shag makes it modern. For the best texture, twist small sections around a narrow curling iron, alternating directions—backward and forward. Then place a small amount of styling jelly between your fingers and pinch the curled sections for more definition.
Pixie Haircut With Micro Bangs
Baby bangs are cute. Micro bangs are fierce! Combine micro bangs with a choppy pixie haircut and you’ll let the world know you’re edgy and ready for anything. Micro bangs can be blunt or rounded, wispy or razor sharp. One thing they can never be is boring…but you already know that!
Grown Out Pixie
This is what happens when a short pixie cut grows out…and it’s adorable! To keep the pixie vibe going, have your stylist snip into the ends for a shaggy, messy shape—you don’t want hair to get too solid-looking at this length. Airy, side-sweep bangs keep the overall feeling pretty and feminine. Short hair is usually healthy hair because there are no old or split ends, so why not try some fun hair color like highlights, platinum blonde or a delicate pastel? A multi-benefit, all-in-one leave-in conditioning spray will keep your short, blonde hair in great shape..
Pink Wavy Pixie Cut
How can you take your pixie haircut to the next level? Grow it out on the top and sides, transform it to a rosehip pink with healthy, plant-based hair color and then take it for a spin and create messy waves with your favorite styling iron.
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Even if you think you’re taking good care of your hair, you may come to the point when you realize you need something extra. Maybe your strands are dryer than usual, perhaps they’re exhibiting signs of breakage or maybe your hair color is fading faster than you would like. Fortunately, there’s a rescue strategy ready and waiting, namely, deep conditioning treatments. “The struggle is real,” declares Matrix Artistic Director Dilek Onur-Taylor. “More and more people are experience the extensive damage that can only be reversed with deep conditioning treatments. The new Biolage Deep Treatment Packs contain the highest concentration of caring ingredients for healthier-feeling hair with each use*.” Here are nine more reasons to reach for a deep conditioning treatment.
It isn’t easy to keep heavily-colored and platinum blonde hair color on point, but beauty influencer Aspyn Ovard
somehow makes it look effortless. Her cute hairstyles always looks shiny and fresh, which is probably why she now has close to 2 million followers on Instagram and 3.5 million who follow her on YouTube! Want to know her beautiful hair secrets? They might surprise you!
Many people prefer to take a sulfate free hair care approach these days, and luckily, there are now many effective options for those who want to cleanse their hair with shampoos without sulfates
. Here’s an overview of available formulas, along with guidance from the pros at Matrix for choosing the best sulfate free formula for your hair.
Is your black clothing in permanent storage? Are you always sneaking glances at your shoulders, ready to brush away embarrassing white flakes? Is your scalp constantly itchy? Wondering what’s going on? The answer could be dandruff. Or it could be dry scalp. Each is a very different situation. Here’s how to figure out the difference and understand how to treat each one.
Bachelorette Kaitlyn Bristowe refers to herself as “an acquired taste.” But one thing her 1.6 million Instagram followers seem to agree on is her hair is always to their taste—long and luscious with perfect balayage highlights and exquisitely-shaped hair waves. Curious about her beautiful hair secrets? Get ready because she’s telling all!
In the big world picture (political divisiveness, disease, injustice), oily hair isn’t the worst thing that can happen. But if your strands tend to become greasy and stringy by the end of each day (or sooner) it’s a pretty big deal to you. Excess oil causes your hairstyle to fall flat, your skin to feel oily and your confidence to droop.
Time for an honest assessment. Is your hair lacking its characteristic oomph? Does it seem dry, weak, fragile, frizzy or all-around not right? There are many ways to heal unhealthy hair, and one of the most effective ways is with a dose of keratin from a keratin hair care system
. Here is what you need to know about keratin for damaged hair.
For some women, the thought of a perm brings back frightening images of too-tight curls and crispy textures. For an entire generation of younger women, mention a perm and the response might be, “What’s that?” Perms were once the best way to achieve body and curl in a hair style, but with the advent of blow dryers, styling irons and hair styling products, perms have fallen by the wayside in recent decades. But thanks to some major new technology, including a formula that completely erases the unpleasant odor associated with the service, perms are resurging.
Your hairstylist has done the heavy lifting—namely creating the blonde, brown, blue, burgundy or lilac hair color of your dreams. Now it’s your turn. To keep your colored hair on point, you must school yourself in the best hair care for colored hair
. And if you lean toward a natural approach to beauty, you’ll also want to find natural ways to care for your colored hair. Here are 10 helpful colored hair care tips from Matrix pros.
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