Style Your Short Hair With a Flat Iron – Everything You Need to Know

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As a hair enthusiast, I’ve experimented alot with my hair and with my favorite hoot tool – the flat iron!

Now, I know all you girly ladies reading this article are likely thinking there isn’t much you need to know, but trust me — there is!

Whether it’s the best temperature setting or the must-have styling tips, I’ve got all the answers.

Just read and find out all you need to know about styling your short hair with a flat iron.

How To Style Short Hair with A Flat Iron

Short hair itself is a very chic, very trendy hairstyle. But what if you want to adorn other fashionable hairdos?

Here are my 6 favorite go-to hairstyles

Check: Best Hair Straightener for Short Hair

1. Pin Straight Locks

Pin Straight Locks

The most obvious and common hairstyle you can is straightening your short or shoulder-length manes with pin-straight locks.

To adorn your tresses with bone straight strands, you need to choose a flat iron that has 1 inch or 1 ¼ inch plates.

This is because plates wider than this won’t be able to hold your hair perfectly and hence, won’t do full justice to them.

We prefer the INFINITI PRO BY CONAIR Tourmaline Ceramic 1 inch Flat Iron for these lengths of hair.

Begin your straightening session by applying some heat protectant [1] spray or cream, like this HSI PROFESSIONAL Argan Oil Heat Protector, and then comb through any knots or tangles.

After that, with a heated straightener, straighten your manes section by section until all the hairs are straightened with pin-straight locks.

Then, spray on a bit of holding spray to lock the style in place so that you can enjoy stunning hairs all day long.

Check: Short Flat Iron Hairstyles

2. Add Gorgeous Volume

Gorgeous Voluminous Hair

When you have fine/thin hairs, adding volume to them might be your ultimate dream.

But then again, adding volume to your short manes might be trickier than you think.

Start the styling session by spritzing some volumizing spray like the Living Proof Full Dry Volume Blast all over your tresses to build a base as well as to add some texture to them.

Then take a section of your hair from the crown and place it between the plates of a flat iron; remember to place the flat iron near the roots.

Now twist the straightener inward and pull it down the locks.

Repeat this process throughout your hair to add body to it.

Finish of the styling by applying some setting spray (we recommend this John Frieda Frizz Ease Firm Hold Hairspray) to lock in the style for a longer period of time.

You can also add some bobby pins at the crown to sport an easy yet sexy bouffant style.

Related: How to Curl Short Hair With a Flat Iron

3. Messy Beach Waves

Messy Beach Waves

You can now adorn your neck length or shoulder-length tresses with gorgeous beachy waves.

To rock this messy yet lust-worthy style, all you need is a straightening iron that comes with floating plates.

This is because floating plates ensure that your precious manes don’t suffer from any breakage and hair fall.

I would recommend this HSI Professional Glider Ceramic Tourmaline Flat Iron as it comes with narrow plates (1 inch) with floating edges.

Kickoff your styling by brushing your manes perfectly to smooth them out and then apply some texturizing spray such as the IGK Beach Club Texture Spray.

This to not only add texture to your tresses but to also protect them from the high heat of the straightener.

Now section off all your hairs into two parts and secure one part with a clip.

From the unclipped part, take a section of your strands and place it inside the plates of the straightener.

Don’t forget to hold the iron in a vertical position.

Then twist the tool away from your face and pull it downwards for a wavy pattern in your locks.

Repeat the process throughout the hair.

Once all the tresses are twisted, comb with a wide-tooth comb or run your fingers through them for a messier vibe.

Don’t forget to set the style with an excellent quality setting spray for an all-day hold.

4. Classy, Vintage Waves

Vintage Waves

Retro styles are back in fashion and if you want to deck up your short manes with a vintage hairstyle for a party or an event there is nothing wrong with it.

In fact, such styles paired up with a matching outfit would make you stand out in the crowd.

Begin your styling session by applying a handful of texturizing mousse.

I would suggest this John Frieda Luxurious Volume Perfectly Full Mousse) to your tresses to add the required lift and also to create the perfect base for your waves.

Once you manes are prepared, section them horizontally into two parts and secure the top part with a clip.

Then grab a relatively wide section of your strands from the loose part and horizontally place your flat iron a few inches away from the roots and twist it inwards.

Hold it for a few seconds and let go.

Now on the same section, place the straightener once again; this time a few inches down from the first one and twist it in the opposite direction.

Repeat these steps for the rest of the hair until all of it has the same patterns.

Take a paddle brush and comb through your hair [2] for a tousled out look.

Check: Short Hairstyles for Round Faces

5. Crimped Waves

Crimped Wavy Hair

Want to try something new with your short manes but still look sexy and stylish at the same time?

Well, then this crimped waves hairstyle is just the style one for you.

Kick-off your styling by braiding a bunch of braids  from the roots to near-tip.

Secure each braid with a rubber band.

Then spray a light mist of hair spray (we would recommend the Moroccan Oil Dry Texture Spray) and let dry.

After that, take 2-3 braids at a time and flatten them tightly with a straightening iron until all your braids are flattened.

Let the braids cool down before undoing them.

If you take the braids out too soon, they might lose their crimp and look flat.

6. Glamorous Small Curls

Glamorous Small Curls

The best way to add body and bounce to your shoulder-length tresses is to adorn them with small curls.

Small curls not only boost volume and lightness but at the same time also add definition to your shorter manes.

To rock such a sexy hairstyle, first, prepare your hair by applying some texturizing mousse to double the curling power and hold.

You might use this got2b fat-tastic Instant Collagen Infusion Mousse for high volume as well as defined curls.

Now section your tresses in 3 different parts (2 on both sides and 1 at the back) and let loose one part while clipping the other two.

Take a narrow section of strands from the loose part and place them in the straightener.

Then pull down the machine while twisting it in 360° motion slowly to find out that the section is curled with your favorite curls.

Repeat the process for the rest of your hair and then brush through the tresses to interlock the curls.

Finish off by spraying some setting spray (use this L’Oreal Paris Elnett Satin Extra Strong Hold Hairspray) to make sure that your style remains in place for hours to come.

In Conclusion

I hope this article has opened your eyes to the wonderful world of flat iron hairstyles.

Now you wont have to worry about how style to your short hair, just grab your short hair and pick one of the above.

Happy Styling!



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