5 Special Occasion Hairstyles for Short Hair

Hair Styling for Special Occasions

Special Occasion Hairstyles For Short Hair

15 December 2017
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Jelani Addams Rosa

Jelani Addams Rosa

Associate Editor, Hair.com

As an employee of L'Oréal, Jelani brings her knowledge and passion for hair care to Hair.com. Before joining the Hair.com team, she spent time at Celebuzz, Seventeen, and Cosmo for Latinas.

Most of the time having short hair is a breeze—that is, until it’s time to style your hair for a special occasion. For years it seemed like every woman was required to show up to special occasions with down-to-there hair, requiring ladies with short locks to break out their hair extensions.

Luckily, these days we know special occasion hairstyles for short hair can be just as stylish and trendy as long locks. If you’re not sure how to style your short hair for your next event, look no further. We’ve rounded up five looks that will look great at a wedding or on the red carpet.

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Sleek Braided Chignon

A sleek chignon should be a staple style for every woman with short hair. Not only are they incredibly easy to create, but also you can dress them up or down. To begin apply a medium hold styling pomade to your edges. Then, part your hair to the side, down the middle, or brush all of your hair straight back and secure a ponytail at the nape of your neck. Next, create a standard braid and fasten the end with a clear elastic. Then, wrap the braid around itself to form a bun and secure the style with bobby pins.

To give your chignon a little more glamour, dress up your look with bold statement earrings or use embellished bobby pins to secure your bun.

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Windswept Updo

You know how your favorite celebrities always show up on the red carpet looking like they just got caught in an incredibly fashionable wind storm? Their hair is blown back and just a little messy and yet it looks perfect. Hate to break it to you, but there aren’t any fashionable wind storms making their way to your neighborhood anytime soon. Luckily, that perfectly unkempt look is totally achievable.

Start at the back of your head, working with 2-inch sections of clean, dry hair. Spray each one with a heat protectant before wrapping it around a 1-inch curling wand. Hold each section of hair to the wand until it’s just heated through (approximately 30-60 seconds depending on the thickness of your hair).

Once you’ve curled your entire head, run your fingers through your hair to loosen the curls. Remember, you’re going for a perfectly imperfect final look. Next, use your fingers to gently rake your hair back and away from your face and begin to loosely pin the curls to form a messy chignon. Set your look with a flexible hold hairspray.

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Flapper Fingerwaves

Fingerwaves burst on the beauty scene in the 1920’s and almost 100 years later, they’re still fabulously stylish and perfect for any special occasion. To get this look, begin by giving yourself a deep part on the left or right side of your hair. Once your hair has been parted, section it into three segments, the back and both sides of your part.

Start with the side containing the most hair and use a curling iron to curl 2-inch sections first under, then over to create an S-shaped wave. Once you’ve curled the entire section and then move on to the other side of your part. Once both sections are curled, secure the peak of each wave with a finger wave clip, spray it with a flexible hold hairspray.

As your waves cool and set, turn your attention to the back section of your hair . Once your hair is completely cool, gently brush through your waves to give them bounce and movement.

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Slicked Back

If you’re heading to a special occasion, chances are good you have a killer outfit to wear. The last thing you want is for your hair to upstage the ensemble you’ve been waiting months to slay. Let your fashion choices take center stage and keep your hair super simple.

For this look, begin with wet hair or dampen your dry hair using a spray bottle filled with water. Once your hair is damp, work a medium hold styling gel through your strands and comb your hair straight back from your face.

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Sparkly Headband

Your natural hair is perfect for all special occasions but that doesn’t mean it can’t benefit from a sparkly accessory. If you want to upgrade your everyday go-to style, pop on a sparkly headband to add that extra wow factor.

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