3 Ways To Style Short Hair So It Isn't All Up In Your Face

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September 8, 2014
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short hair, braids, updos, headbands, short hairstyles, top knot

Never underestimate the power of cutting your hair. Historically and culturally, a haircut can signify major life transitions, such as coming-of-age and death. I can get behind that; nothing feels as freeing as seeing centimeters of dead ends on your hairdresser’s floor. It feels like a victory and a rebellion and a renewal all in one.

About two months ago, I whispered goodbye to my dead tresses and cut my hair to the middle of my neck, not quite chin-length.

As many of you know, a new haircut is all fun and games until you wake up and your hair looks like destruction incarnate. Keeping my strands off my face, fringe withstanding, has been a challenge. While it has grown a good bit since I cut it, I’ve still had to use any means necessary to keep it back during workouts and bad hair days. Here are some cute and totally doable solutions.

The Half-Up Don’t Care Knot

Since my beloved top knot is no longer an option, I've improvised this half-up knot. It's as easy as it looks: gather the top half of your hair, starting from the tops of your ears, and tie it in a messy knot on top of your head.


Depending on how long your hair is, you may opt for a traditional bun or you might have to do a ponytail and then a half-loop-through. I had to pin my fringe back for this one--it’s still a little short.


This style works best with hair that isn’t recently washed (unlike my just-washed, disobedient hair above). You also sort of have to wear this with a gold chain link necklace.

The Fake Updo

If you have a headband and a few seconds, you can fake an updo. Put your headband on the crown of your head, behind your ears.

Then, piece by piece, twist your hair back into the headband, concealing it as you go. A headband that goes all the way around your head and matches your hair color works best.


If you are prone to headband headaches, you can use bobby pins instead. Done.




Faux Wraparound Braids

Who doesn’t love a good braided ‘do? Short haired people, that's who. Here's what I say: forget flowing French braids and embrace the faux wraparound braid.

Split your hair down the middle and French braid each section along the hairline.


Where your braids meet, twist them around each other slightly so that the ends are concealed.


You, too, can be a music festival goddess, even with your cropped locks. Go, you!

Anyone else out there struggle with styling their cropped hair? What are your go-to styles?