How to Style Short Straight Hair

Short, straight hair can easily be styled to look cute, edgy, sophisticated, or neat with a little practice. There are plenty of different ways to style a pixie cut, including tucking it back, blow drying it forward, or creating a fauxhawk. Similarly, you can tie back or add curls to a bob to create a variety of different looks. Accessories and products are all part of the fun of styling your hair, so play around with hairspray, dye, or headbands to find a look you love!

EditSteps
EditExperimenting with Different Pixie Cut Looks
Blow dry your pixie cut forward for a fun, messy style. Start with freshly washed hair that’s still damp. Place a dollop of volumizing mousse onto your fingertips and run it back through your hair. Blow dry your hair forward so that it brushes your forehead. Use your fingertips to ruffle the hair on your crown to create a bit of volume.[1]
Alternatively, use a spray bottle to make your hair damp.

Sweep your pixie cut back for a sleek look. Start with damp hair and create a side parting to the right or left side of your head. Comb your hair out from the parting and use a blow dryer to sweep your hair back from your forehead. Add small amount of a styling paste or gel to your roots to give your hair a light lift.[2]
Avoid adding too much product, as this can weigh your hair down and create a slicked back look. Aim for a light, tufty look.[3]

Create a small fauxhawk for a fun, edgy style. Begin with damp hair and run through a dollop of volumizing mousse to give it a lift. Draw your fingers through the hair on your crown so that it sticks up slightly. Use a blowdryer to sweep your hair up and off your head.[4]
Keep the hair on the sides of your head neatly combed down.

Add a small flower or a headband to your fauxhawk to help it stand out even more.[5]

Try a shorter pixie cut for a retro look. Get your pixie cut trimmed so that it doesn’t go past your ears. Ask for a few subtle layers to give it volume and texture. Keep this look trimmed regularly, as it will grow out fast![6]
Very short, retro pixie cuts look great with large hoop earrings.

Tuck your pixie cut behind your ear to keep it out of your face. Create a side parting and sweep the longer side of your hair behind your ear. This look is for longer or overgrown pixie cuts and it’s both practical and cute!
If your hair won’t stay in place, use a bobby pin to help it stay tucked in.[7]

EditTrying out Bob Hairstyles
Get a classic bob for a sophisticated, short hairstyle. Trim your bob regularly to keep it angular and the length between your earlobes and shoulders. Use a side parting and comb your hair away from this to create a sleek look. Tuck each side behind your ears.[8]

Choose a half up half down style for a relaxed look. Part your hair from ear to ear and gather the top half of your hair on the crown of your head. Tie an elastic around it to create a quick ponytail. Alternatively, twist the top half of your hair into a bun and use an elastic to keep it secure.[9]
Either leave the bottom half of your hair natural or brush through it with a round brush while it’s damp to keep it tidy.[10]

Tie your bob up in a low ponytail for a neat, casual look. Gather your hair close to the base of your head, around earlobe-height. Run your fingers through it to get rid of any tangles or kinks. Remove 3-4 small sections of hair from the top of your forehead and let these loosely hang to frame your face. Wrap an elastic around the ponytail to keep it secure.[11]
This is a great hairstyle for when you are short on time, as it only takes around 10 seconds.

Add light curls to your bob for a messy, carefree style. Mist your hair with a heat protectant product to help prevent heat damage. Then, use a curling iron or wrap small sections of hair around a straightener to add some volume. Frame each side of your face with soft curls and work your way around your hair, adding a few light curls to each side.[12]

Try an asymmetrical bob for an edgy look. The sharp angles help to frame your face and define your features. Keep the length between your earlobes and chin. Asymmetrical bobs go well with bold, dark hair tones.[13]
To soften the look, try adding a small curl to end of the longer section which frames your face. This makes the bob more relaxed.[14]

EditUsing Products and Accessories
Use hairspray to flatten flyaways. Short hairstyles look best with little to no frizz. Apply it to your wet hair and then style it with a comb. Use plenty, as the alcohol in hairspray makes it evaporate fast.[15]
Alternatively, use a spray gel. You can find these at hair product stores or online. Both hairspray and spray gels are great for reducing frizz, however, spray gels don’t have the same crunchy feeling that hairsprays do.

Shape your hairstyle with pomade to give it texture and shine. Spread a dime-sized dollop of pomade over your fingertips. Run it through your hair from the back to the front to prevent build up at your hairline.[16]
Comb your hair to style it after adding the pomade.

Wear simple or statement earrings with your short, straight hair. Show off your favorite earrings with your short and sleek hairstyle. Try small studs for a simple, cute look or bold, extravagant drop earrings for a look that stands out.[17]

Wear a headband to keep your pixie cut in place. Pixie cuts are great hairstyles but can easily get messy throughout the day. Use a floral or jeweled elastic headband to tame your pixie cut and keep your bangs in place.[18]

Choose a bold color for a fun, edgy look. Short, straight hair looks great in bold, bright tones. Try blue ombre or blonde highlights for a cropped or pixie style.[19]
If you have bangs with your short hairstyle, adding a few bright blue or red highlights will also look good.[20]

EditTips
Get your hair trimmed regularly to keep it short and looking neat.

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Today in History for 10th March 2019

Historical Events

1661 – French King Louis XIV ends office of premier
1905 – Japanese Army captures Mukden (Shenyang)
1910 – Pittsburgh Courier begins publishing
1920 – Home Rule Act passed by the British Parliament, dividing Ireland into two parts; it is rejected by the southern counties, where the Ango-Irish war continues for a year
1922 – State of siege proclaimed during mine strike Johannesburg, South Africa
1990 – Ice Dance Championship at Halifax won by Klimova and Ponomarenko (Soviet Union)

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Famous Birthdays

1788 – Joseph Freiherr von Eichendorff, German poet (Das Marmorbild)
1824 – Thomas James Churchill, Major General (Confederate Army), (d. 1905)
1877 – David M Chumaceiro, Curacao, poet
1884 – Stuart Holmes, American actor (Life’s Shop Window, Prisoner of Zenda), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 1971)
1955 – Youssra, Egyptian actress and singer
1963 – John Cangelosi, outfielder (Houston Astros), born in Brooklyn, New York

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Famous Deaths

1701 – Johann Schelle, German composer, dies at 52
1888 – Ciro Pinsuti, Italian pianist/composer, dies at 57
1922 – Arthur Hervey, composer, dies at 67
1973 – Eugene ‘Bull’ Connor, American segregationist (b. 1897)
2007 – Buddy [Brian Thomas] Allin, American PGA golfer (1980 NZ Open), dies at 62
2017 – Robert James Waller, American author (Bridges of Madison County), dies at 77

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How to Shave with Coconut Oil

If you’re trying to use more natural products, swap coconut oil for your can of shaving cream. You can easily mix together a moisturizing cream using coconut oil, aloe vera, and your favorite essential oils. Then rub it into your skin before shaving. To maximize the moisturizing ability of coconut oil, you can also spread a thin layer of the pure oil on your skin after you shave.

EditIngredients
EditCoconut Oil Shaving Cream
of coconut oil

of aloe vera

4 to 6 drops of essential oil, such as peppermint or lavender

Makes about

EditSteps
EditUsing Coconut Oil in Your Shaving Routine
Exfoliate your skin and pat it dry. Wet your skin with warm water and gently rub it with a brush, gentle scrubber, or exfoliating product, such as an exfoliating cleanser. Rinse your skin with cool water and then pat it dry.[1]
Exfoliating will remove dead skin cells that would otherwise clog your razor.

Spread a thin layer of pure coconut oil on your skin. Dip your clean fingers into a jar of pure coconut oil and then rub your fingers together. The heat and friction of your fingers will soften the oil, making it easy to spread on the skin you’re planning to shave. Let the oil sit on your skin for a few minutes before you begin to shave.[2]
If you’re shaving your face or armpits, you’ll only need a coin-sized amount of coconut oil. You’ll need more to shave your legs, especially if the skin is very dry.

Use your fingers or a brush to apply coconut oil shaving cream. Although you could shave with just the pure coconut oil on your skin, you’ll get a smoother shave if you apply moisturizing shaving cream. Spread or brush a thick layer of the cream evenly over your skin.
If you’re shaving short hairs, you may want to skip the shaving cream since pure coconut oil will be enough to moisturize the fine hairs.

Shave the hair with a sharp razor. Rinse your razor with clean water every few strokes, so the razor doesn’t clog with hairs or coconut oil. If you find it difficult to rinse the razor, fill a cup with water. Then dip and shake the razor a little to loosen the hairs.[3]

Rinse the shaved skin and dry it. Although you can gently wipe your skin with your hands as you rinse, avoid rubbing the skin vigorously. This will irritate the skin and make it appear red. Once you’ve rinsed the skin with water, take a soft cloth and gently pat the skin dry.[4]
Ensure that any little hairs are completely rinsed away before you towel dry.

Rub a little pure coconut oil on your skin to moisturize it. Shaving can dry out your skin, even if you moisturize before you begin. To hydrate your skin and protect it, spread a little more pure coconut oil in a thin layer over the smooth skin.[5]
Keep rubbing your skin until the coconut oil is absorbed and no longer feels greasy.

EditMaking Coconut Oil Shaving Cream
Melt of coconut oil. Purchase coconut oil from the grocery store, natural market, or drugstore and scoop of it into a microwave-safe bowl. Microwave the oil in 10 second increments until it’s liquid.[6]
If you live in a warm climate, the coconut oil might be liquid in the jar. If so, just pour out into a bowl. There’s no need to microwave it.

Stir in of aloe vera. Use a natural aloe vera that doesn’t contain many preservatives or colors. If you can’t find aloe vera at the store, substitute hair conditioner. The aloe vera will soften and moisturize your skin.
You can also use freshly prepared aloe vera from a plant.

Mix in 4 to 6 drops of essential oil. Once you stir the aloe vera into the oil, stir in 4 to 6 drops of your favorite essential oil. Since essential oils can be strong, only use them if you know they won’t irritate your skin. Consider using:[7]
Peppermint

Tea tree

Lavender

Tangerine

Jasmine

Store the coconut oil shaving cream in an airtight container. Transfer the mixture to a storage container and keep it at room temperature. If you’re planning on storing the coconut oil shaving cream in the bathroom, consider using a plastic container, so it won’t break if it gets dropped.[8]
Homemade coconut oil shaving cream will spoil over time, so keep the container sealed and use it within 3 to 4 weeks.

EditTips
If you live in a cold climate, run hot water in your shower or sink for a few minutes after you finish shaving. This will prevent the coconut oil that’s in your pipes from hardening.

Coconut oil acts as a conditioner, so rub a little of it into your hair or beard the next time you want a little extra moisture.

EditThings You’ll Need
EditUsing Coconut Oil in Your Shaving Routine
Coconut oil

Coconut oil shaving cream

Razor

Towel

EditMaking Coconut Oil Shaving Cream
Coconut oil

Aloe vera

Essential oils

Measuring cup

Bowl

Microwave

Spoon

Storage container

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