11 styling tips to enhance short hair

Many mature women opt for a shorter hairstyle as they get older. Whether it’s for ease of styling, or because

Many mature women opt for a shorter hairstyle as they get older. Whether it’s for ease of styling, or because your hair no longer grows, there’s no need to feel left out when it comes to styles and different looks.

While some think short hair can only sit a certain way or isn’t as variable as long hair, this actually isn’t true! Your short hair can look awesome with some TLC and these handy hints.

1. Make your own salt spray

Don’t spend a fortune on expensive products to get a beachy texture – you can make it at home. Simply combine 250ml of soda water with a teaspoon of sea salt.

2. Tease it!

Tease a section of hair from temple to temple, and then pushing it against where you normally part your hair to increase lift.

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3. Blow dry half way

Blow your hair dry for half the time you usually would and then let it air dry. Not only will this cut down on heat damage, it will leave you with a natural texture.

4. Do a side braid

It might seem difficult but in fact if you have enough hair, you can achieve a braid! There are plenty of YouTube tutorials available.


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5. Wear a funky headband

Headbands don’t have to be simply and black – the variety nowadays is endless! You can wear a pretty gold leaf on a band, or diamantes or even a flower crown.

6. Wrap it up with a scarf or hair wrap

For an even more vibrant look, why not try a scarf? You can wrap it around your head in so many ways.

Here’s 8 of the easiest ways to tie a headscarf so you don’t just wear the classic Thelma and Louise!


7. Get a fringe

To make a very short cut look more feminine, try to grow out a fringe portion of your hair, and wear it soft or side swept for a classic, chic look.


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8. Use products that add texture

The trick to keeping short hair modern and youthful is to use products that add toughness and texture. Opt for waxes, pomades or even texture powder vs gels, sprays and mousse.

A great texture powder SAS-ers use is the Schwarzkopf Extra Care Instant Volume Powder, available here.

9. Change up your part

Just because you have short hair, you don’t always have to wear it the same way! For something different, try changing the placement of your part. It can show off colours you didn’t even know were in your hair.

10. Dry shampoo is your new best friend

Dry shampoo is a must-have in every woman’s bathroom. It’s great between shampoos and it also aids in adding texture to newly shampooed hair, especially if it’s very thin.

11. Stick to a trimming schedule

If you can manage it, try to get your hair cut every four to six weeks. If you’re trying to grow it out, you could go 10-12 weeks without a trim. It’s really up to you!

Do you have any hair styling tips to add?

  1. Cut in layers gives it a fuller look, and if have a natural wave or curl, gives it a tossle look if use a mousse to keep it in place, and no need to blow dry.

    • That’s ok if you have a nice wave, my hair has a very unruly wave & sticks out all over the place, can’t wash it without blow drying it, but that’s fine it only takes about 10min to blow dry into shape.

  2. Shorter hair is better for older people but not straight. ,needs a soft curl

    • Grace Boland Where do you get this rubbish from? Just because you like your hair short & curly doesn’t mean it’s right for everyone.. It really hasn’t done that much for you.. My hair is long, straight & healthy, I like it that way but I wouldn’t tell anyone else that’s what they should have. Get over yourself.

    • Penn  

      Rubbush! My hair has never had a curl in it…..unless a huge 70’s afro perm counts….how unnatural it looks to have something that’s not you!

  3. I never blow dry my hair, I don’t own a dryer 🙂🌸

  4. wish i could find someone that could handle the beast ( my hair ) havent had a decent cut in ages

    • No, I have the worst hair imaginable, and the only way to make it manageable is to go to a good (means you pay more) hairdressing salon. Then you have to ask for one of their best stylists, you don’t want their junior cutting your hair. If your hair is fine do not have it layered, that will make it more difficult to manage. I’ve learned you have to be choosy and you get what you pay for with hairdressers.

    • Shona  

      My hair is straight and I mean straight.
      But my last hair cut I had it razor cut and it’s so much better it looks pretty and feels thicker it’s beautiful. So get a razor cut ok.

    • Marion davis  

      I’ve ordered a short synthetic wig with just the colour I want. See how it goes when it arrives.

  5. I have very short hair and love it. I just wash it, leave it to dry and brush it and it looks good. Of course, a good haircut does help.

  6. After chemo, my hair came back curly and much stronger. Love my short hair..very youthful being in my 80’s

  7. Pauline Radonic  

    Always had very very thin hair, my mothers bane, of course her hair was beautiful & full, even at 78. Without my dryer it just sticks to my scalp, oh how I’ve dreamed of just normal head of hair.

    • Glynnis  

      I’m the same! The hairdressers always say I have hair like baby hair! I keep it short and scruffled!! Quite happy with it most of the time but need product to keep it up from my scalp!!

  8. I am an older woman with a short hair cut. I didn’t want it to be so short but hairdressers think that is how old people should wear their hair. I think it is because they don’t know to cut hair well.

  9. I have thick hair, which, if cut well is easy to manage. I have recently moved & can no longer afford a good cut. I have shoulder problems & can’t blow dry. HELP!!!

    • JAY  

      I am another one who has a shoulder problem.
      As my hair is thick I have trouble finding a good hairdresser

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