THE 90’S FLICK
Growing up as a teenager in the 90’s, one of my favourite films was She’s All that, and I loved the way she used to flick her hair out, so think of this as my homage to that film. This is so simple, and takes very little time if you are starting with dry hair. Working with your hair’s natural texture or a slightly smoothed out finish, take some hair straighteners and use them just at the ends to flick the hair up and outwards, repeat this all the way round and if you have bangs, keep them slightly smooth in texture but a little undone too, so they don’t look too perfect.
HALF UP HALF DOWN
This is such an easy way to change up your style, plus it’s a life saver on greasy hair days. You want to make the half up section a little higher on your head and create a messy bun/knot shape with the pony tail. I worked with my hair’s natural texture again here, but if you don’t have wavy hair and want to add some texture, I recommend using a wave spray and or some texture spray to give the hair a bit of grit and movement. Add some hoop earrings, a bold red lip, and you’re good to go.
THE MESSY SHAG
For this look I like to keep a slight wet look to the overall style, for this we used Paul Mitchell Sculpting Foam and applied it to damp hair and let it air dry to hold in some of the wet look finish. I like it to feel messy and pretty haphazard. When I’m in a rush, I tend to rely on my wave spray and just apply it to my hair after I wash it. If I have more time, I sometimes use a diffuser if I want to get a little height to the crown and lift the hair slightly. I love this kind of look for evening, I find it’s a nice contrast when you are going somewhere with a smarter dress code, to wear smart tailoring with quite messy, undone hair. For this look I let my bangs dry naturally but you can always go back in with straightening irons or a curling wand and neaten any sections that you feel are a bit too wild.
One of the easiest, quickest ways to change up your hair, is to change your parting or add a hair accessory. As soon as I sweep my fringe to the side, it instantly becomes more vintage looking, with a nod to the twenties in some way. I like this look for very formal events as you can make this look very sleek, or like I’ve styled it here, wear it with tweed or something a little more androgynous so it doesn’t look too twee. It makes me seriously think about experimenting more with my bangs and maybe even cutting them really short at some point, especially now they grow so quick. No skill required, just change the parting to a side part, or if you have bangs, sweep them to the side. To make them stay in place you may need to blow-dry it a little in the direction you want it to sit, but failing that, you can always add a hair accessory of some kind to pin it in to place and also make it part of the overall look. Accessories can have a big impact and really change up your normal hair look, much the same way jewellery does to an outfit.
One thing that held me back from cutting my hair short, was the fear of not knowing what to do with it, and it looking the same all the time. I worried i’d be stuck with one way to wear it, and quickly regret cutting it all off. I’m pleased to say quite the opposite happened. I think I’ve experimented more with it short than I ever did when it was long.
All four of these looks are very simple, and need very few tools or skills (happy days). I’m a self confessed lazy hair girl, I like to spend very little time on my hair, but it has surprised me how much I’ve experimented with my hair and makeup (more on that here) since having it cut short. Over my life I’ve had long hair, medium length and now short hair, and for me I feel like this length is so much more versatile than I could have ever expected. Let me know you’re go to hair style in the comments below. A huge thanks to my good friend (and awesome hair stylist) Ashley Lynn Hall for her help showing me how to create these looks.
Photos by David Beazley
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