Beyond Pomade: Short Hair Must-Haves

I have the shortest hair in the beauty department. In fact, I've had short hair for about a decade, minus one ill-advised year of growing it out, dyeing it every color under the sun, and then buzzing the broken/fried strands completely off and starting over. Because of my extensive experience with a variety of short cuts (from a pixie to a mohawk-thing and literally everything in between), I like to think I know my way around a tub of pomade.
Of course, while pomade is definitely key, short hair is far from low maintenance. Styling it is actually somewhat of an art form, as having less hair means that mess-ups are more noticeable. On the flip side, there is so much you can do with short hair — if you have the right products. Click through for the styling must-haves that every short-haired girl needs, and let me know what your favorites are.
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A good texturizing cream is essential for hair of all textures, unless you already have sufficient texture (how many times can I say texture?). When my hair doesn't have this stuff in it, it looks like a hair blob — just an indistinguishable mass. That's a great look for long hair, but us shorties, we need our strands to stand out lest we're going for the helmet look (no judgment, I've done it).

This cream in particular is a repackaged version of a cult-favorite product from Style Sexy Hair's tragically discontinued Short Sexy Hair line. It's the difference between a good hair day and a disaster. And, it lends itself to all sorts of styling possibilities without ever crunching up: slicked back, tossed to the side, whatever your short-haired heart desires.

Sexy Hair Style Sexy Hair Slept In Texture Creme, $17.95, available at Ulta.
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When you're going for volume, dirty hair holds it better — but dirty hair that's weighed down by grease won't do anything except probably make your forehead break out (if you're me, at least). Dirty short hair that's been cleaned with dry shampoo is the best of both worlds, and will be much easier to shape and tousle as you please. Whether you're using it for its texturizing benefits or because you don't want to wash your hair, it's basically just a gift from heaven. Klorane's dry shampoo is the most powerful one I've used. I don't even want to tell you how long it allows me go without washing my hair.

Klorane Gentle Dry Shampoo with Oat Milk, $18, available at Drugstore.com.
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If you're going for a sleek look, a tiny hair straightener is key. Regular-sized straighteners aren't going to let you really get in there, and then what's the point? This one in particular has half-inch plates, and was designed to straighten one's roots. But, since your entire hair length may very well be the same as someone else's roots, it'll be just the trick to getting the level of detail that a short cut requires. Travel-size hair straighteners are also a good option.

Laila Ali Ceramic Root Styler, $24.98, available at Best Buy.
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Wax is crucial for super short hair, and even for hair that has some shorter parts and some longer parts. Because pixie cuts tend to reveal one's cowlicks, it can be hard to get the hair to go in the direction you want it to. I find that the sides of my head in particular like to stick out instead of down, and nothing puts them in their place like a classic wax. Sumotech has a matte finish, so it'll give you all the hold in the world with no worry of greasiness. And, it's more of a wax/cream/paste hybrid than a true wax, so it's really easy to work into your hair.

Bumble and bumble Sumotech, $27, available at Sephora.
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Hair powder is kind of a miracle. It creates volume and texture, without a greasy residue, and can give you that super-messy bedroom hair. It also thickens up hair while creating an ultra-pliable hold, and is great if you want to wear your hair in any way other than how it naturally falls — up and back, to the side, whatever your heart comes up with. A little goes a long way, too, so even if the product seems pricey, it'll last essentially forever.

Kevin Murphy Powder Puff, available at Kevin Murphy for salons.
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