7 ways to style your short hair for any occasion

Yes, short hair is fab, but it can also be tricky to style. (Trying to fit your latest lob into a high pony? As if!) Luckily for you, we picked out a tried-and-true look for any event popping up on your social calendar, from science class to shopping trips and everything in between.

For your lazy day look:


Tbh, having short hair eliminates the option of a messy bun on those comfy casual days—you know, the days when you'd rather not spend more than five minutes on your hair? (We're looking at you, Monday.) The good news is this: A half-up, half-down claw clip look takes maybe two minutes, tops. 

For your bestie brunch date:


Two brunch must-haves? Delicious waffles and a totally Instgram-worthy look. In this case, some soft waves will do the trick. Master the style with a curling wand or flat iron, pull out a couple of strands to frame your face and smile for your Story!

For your movie marathon with Mom:


Considering the lineup of 2023 movie releases, you're bound to spend at least one weekend on the couch streaming your faves in your coziest pajamas. (We don't blame you—catch us watching Barbie the day it comes out.) Complete your cozy look with these cute little space buns. Adorable!

For your fancy school formal:


Prom is just around the corner and your strands don't *quite* fit into the elaborate updos you've had saved on Pinterest since junior high. No biggie. Instead, leave your hair down and think: Sleek. And. Shiny. And when in doubt, accessorize! Bejeweled hair clips or a flower crown, anyone?

For your granola girl getaway:


Whether you're out taking in the views, gardening, hiking or hammocking, don't forget your bandana or scarf. Used as a headband, it'll keep the sweat off your face while you're out in the sun—*and* it doubles as a super cute accessory!

For your city excursion:


Chic, sophisticated and oh-so-Blair Waldorf—a headband is just what you need for your shopping spree in the city. Not to mention it literally takes just seconds to style. Less time fussing over flyaways and more time window-shopping your wish list? Yes, pls.

For your beach day with bae:


A cute hairstyle is an absolute beach day essential and yes, beach waves are possible even for lovely short locks like yours. Once your waves are just right, secure the top pieces of your hair in a half ponytail at the back of your head for an easy breezy look perfect for an afternoon beside the ocean.

How do you style your short hair? Tag us in your looks @girlslifemag for a chance to be featured!

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by Melanie Dowling | 2/15/2023