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10 Simple Tips for Wearing Hair Short and Slick

This week’s Timeline Tuesday featured some very smart short hair styles from the 1920s and 1930s. And since the Jazz Age, short and sleek has always been a great style option for women on the move, whether during the 60s with models like Twiggy or again in the 90s and 2000s with many popular hip-hop and R&B acts. Yet many times, these seemingly simple coifs can go awry if the little details aren’t covered. So here are a few secrets to pulling off a sleek, chic hairstyle with minimal fuss and maximum glamour.

  • Always start with wet hair. For kinkier or curlier hair textures, make sure locks are sopping wet, while finer and straighter tresses should be at least damp.
  • For finer hair, try a thickening treatment before slicking hair down. Curly girls may want to use lighter products such as mousse or curl-enhancing gel, for a wet look that’s not all the way plastered down. Use as much product is needed, but don’t go overboard.
  • For maximum gloss without flaky buildup, use shine-enhancing products in either spray or liquid/gel form, but not both. Try to leave no more than 2 or 3 styling products in the hair, as too much product will show in the form of white clumps that flake off of your hair and scalp. Not a good look.
  • To keep hair from looking too heavy or dated, opt for a great cut with spikes or short layers, and piece these out with a light application of product.
  • Always comb hair thoroughly, using a vent brush help slick hair down. Follow up with a soft-bristled brush once tresses are a bit drier, to keep any stray strands in line, and then tie up with a scarf until set.
  • Be extra careful of where and how you part and style your hair. With short hair styles, the emphasis is all on your face, so make sure to choose a silhouette that flatters and fits your face shape.
  • Try not to force hair to go too contrary to its regular growth pattern. Brushing hair too far forward or to the side can create a comb-over look, especially for women with fine hair, and can be a nightmare to keep sleek if your tresses are thick.
  • Create mane intrigue by adding length in all the right places. Try longer bangs, curled just right, or extra height in the crown.
  • To create spit curls or finger waves, use a fine-toothed comb and your hands to guide damp strands into shape. Try a bit of backcombing at the roots to hold the style in place, and use alligator clips or bobby pins for extra support.
  • Don’t be afraid to accessorize! To keep your short hair style from looking plain, try a simple flower over one ear, or let your hair pins or clips to double duty by enlisting jeweled barrettes, headbands, or colorful clips to hold hair and make it beautiful.

Feeling jazzed-up yet? Hopefully, you will. And the good news is that these tips still apply if you have long hair and just want something simple up front. So go for it!

Take care of yourselves,


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