The 8 Best Products For Short Hair

Raise your hand if you have short hair and still haven’t figured out how to style it. Yup, we’re right there with you. Sometimes, having short hair seems like a double-edged sword. Pros: No giant knots when you wear scarves, less drying time post-shower. Cons: Styling is difficult when you have less to work with — and you actually have to work harder on it than most long-haired ladies. So when you are styling it’s important to ask yourself: Are all products created equal?

The latter is a question we shorties ask often, as we’ve had a our fair share of unfortunate run-ins with products that weigh down our finicky locks. Instead of going out on a limb and playing hair roulette with yet another product, we thought we’d ask a few pros for their help. Ahead, three hairstylists share their favorite products for short hair and exactly how they use them.

For Touchable Locks

After washing your hair, professional hairstylist Katsumi Kasai recommends working a dollop of leave-in conditioner through your strands to keep them nourished.

“It will give your hair a natural, relaxed look with shine and light control,” he says.

For those with thicker hair textures, Kasai loves using Phyto 9, a macadamia oil-infused cream that’s extra hydrating. For finer textures, Kasai reaches for Phyto 7, a slightly lighter version of the emollient cream.

Phyto 9 Nourishing Day Cream, $29, available at Phyto.

For Perfect Curls
If you’re lucky enough to have natural curls, a couple of products is all you need to keep them looking frizz-free and healthy. Professional hairstylist Derek Yuen likes to throughly mist the hair with Bumble and Bumble’s Bb Curl Pre-Style Primer to give it a boost of hydration. Then, he saturates the hair with the Bb Gel Oil. Once the product is evenly distributed, he twists sections of hair until it knots onto itself before letting it dry. Once it has, a few gentle shakes is all that’s needed to create defined curls that never feel crunchy.

Bumble and Bumble Bb Curl Pre-Style/Re-Style Primer, $28, available at Sephora.

For Everyday Wear
Professional hairstylist Chuck Amos likes using this pomade for natural, everyday hairstyles.

“It keeps your ends sealed together and makes short hair look healthy,” he says. Plus, it doesn’t make hair feel oily or sticky throughout the day, like some pomades can.

Supremo Magic Move Soft, $19.99, available at Ricky’s NYC.

For Battling Flyaways
When it comes to treating flyaways, stylist Chuck Amos reaches for Creme Of Nature’s Perfect Edges to keep hair tame.

“I use a fair amount around the edges, around the eyes, and in the back of the neck area to keep hair flat,” he says. It’s also a hydrating alternative to using heat or drying hair products.

Creme Of Nature Perfect Edges, $4.99, available at Sally Beauty.

Celeb hairstylist Vernon François also recommends gel to slick down edges. “Got2b’s is great because it really holds and gives shine without going flakey after it dries,” he says.

Schwarzkopf göt2b Ultra Glued Invincible Styling Gel, $4.79, available at Target.

For Tousled Texture
There is a myriad of different products you can use to get the hairstyle du jour: effortless texture. Yuen recommends wrapping sections of hair around a curling wand and curling the hair in opposite directions. Once you’re done, flip your head upside-down and liberally mist on Oribe’s Thick Dry Finishing Spray. Then, flip your hair back over and massage the product into your roots.

“This gives it a discheveled [just]-out-of-bed feel,” he says.

Oribe Thick Dry Finishing Spray, $42, available at Oribe.

For A Shiny Finish
Those with dry, frizzy tresses will love the luster this product creates. Yuen likes to work a pea-sized amount to damp hair before air drying or blowdrying. Then, once the hair is dry, warm another pea-sized amount in your palms and run your fingers through your locks and style as usual.

Leonor Greyl Éclat Naturel Styling Cream, $46, available at Nordstrom.

For Third-Day Hair
With the release of its Dry Shampoo Paste, R+Co made it a lot easier to avoid washing your hair. Amos loves it for shorter strands, because this powdery paste acts like a pomade while also absorbing oil.

“I like to apply it to the entire head of hair, from roots to tips, and then just swish my hands around and mold the hairstyle,” he says. “It creates a movable, dry texture that is new and fresh.”

R+Co Badlands Dry Shampoo Paste, $28, available at Birchbox.

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