Opting for a short-'do makes perfect sense when you're in the middle of the dog days of a Chicago summer. But, if you were brave enough to chop it all off a few months back, now you might find yourself in a bit of a style rut. You're probably wondering what to do with your short strands now that the fall weather has set in.
So, to ensure you keep turning heads, we paid a visit to stylist Tracey Gustave at Sparrow Salon for some short-hairstyle inspiration. Whether you want to go soft and romantic or sleek and sexy, gals with long locks are going to have some serious hair envy.
Model: Carissa Giles, Factor Women Model Management
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Start by taking about an inch and a half of hair (depending on the thickness) where your natural part falls. "Dirty hair works best for this look," says Gustave. "If you're working with clean hair, dirty it up a bit with a gel paste like Kevin Murphy Sticky Business."
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Apply a generous amount of mousse — such as Kevin Murphy Body Builder — on wet (not sopping) hair. Fire up the blow-dryer, and immediately start pushing hair back with your fingers, making sure to use tension. "By pulling your hair up while drying, you're creating extra volume," says Gustave.
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Get yourself a curling iron with the smallest barrel possible — a half-inch is best. The one being used here is by Hot Tools. Start by making random curls. "By not following a specific pattern, you are creating a more modern, youthful look," explains Gustave. Continue to curl any pieces of hair that are long enough to fit into the iron.