How to Style Short, Frizzy Hair

By Amelia Allonsy

Anyone with curly, frizzy hair knows how difficult it is to control. If you don't add product, it dries out and frizzes. If you add too much product, it becomes matted and flat. People with this hair type often are limited to cuts that flatter the style–and short hair is usually not complimentary. The experts at say short cuts on frizzy hair make the hair big and unruly. But if you desire short hair, you can still look good with some extra work.

Straight Styles

Step 1

Wash and condition your hair with a shampoo and conditioner made for curly hair. Towel dry. You can also use a leave-in conditioner.

Step 2

Measure a dime-sized amount of shine serum in your palm, rub your hands together to emulsify and distribute throughout your hair. Use a comb to ensure the product is distributed evenly. Fill your palm with mousse and work well through hair.

Step 3

Blow dry your hair on a medium or low heat setting using a diffuser attachment. Roll hair up with the round brush and pull smooth while pointing the blow dryer at that section of hair. Repeat until all hair is dry.

Step 4

Spray hair with heat protection spray, then put your flat iron on a medium heat setting. Only the coarsest hair types can handle high heat. Work with 2-inch sections at a time and pull hair through flat iron. You can bend the ends while you straighten to give them a flip or curl under. If you prefer a blunt look, just run the iron straight down the length of your hair. Spray again with protection spray.

Step 5

Side parts work well with short hair and can create the illusion of bangs. Clips or headbands can dress up your look. Finish entire look with hairspray.

Curly Styles

Step 6

Follow Steps 1 and 2 above.

Step 7

Blow dry hair on medium or low heat setting with a diffuser attachment. Scrunch hair in fingers to boost curl.

Step 8

Part in the middle or on the sides. Clips or headbands can dress up your look.

Step 9

Use medium setting on curling iron to give unruly curls a boost or to soften your natural curls.

Step 10

Finish with hairspray.