We are thrilled to say that short hair styles are here to stay. From super short and textured (think that razor pixie cuts) that some of the biggest celebs have rocked, to the short and effortless structure of a bob or textured sides, styling short hair you often think will be the easiest hair moment to date, but it can be surprisingly challenging.

Now might just be the perfect time to spice up your look in 2021 with a razor pixie cut or shorter style. Sometimes a big chop can be your most captivating style yet, so we are here to help you get the most out of it.

At ANTI collective we love short hair styles that marry romantic and rebellious vibes in one go but still maintaining a street-fresh aesthetic with what we like to call ‘texture maintenance’. 2021 is all about a style that will look good, even with a hat thrown on top of it. There is such a wide variety of short hairstyles that really change up your style.

1. Wash hair the night before styling

Getting that cute summer pixie, bob or fresh shoulder length cut can seem like an amazing idea at the time or while you’re in the salon chair but what happens after that first wash? When you’re standing in front of a mirror with fluffy hair that can’t be tamed? Well you can gain a bit of a headstart and let the texture these short hair styles need build overnight by washing the night before and wetting down slightly in the morning and re-styling. Try ANTI Cream Paste to achieve that ultimate definition and texture on shorter styles before heading out the door in the morning.

2. Secure the scrunchie

We often forget to moisturize and strengthen short to medium length hair, but it needs just the same care as longer hair. You may not quite have the length for a scrunchie if your hair is short but it’s a great tip if you’re looking for an alternate way to get that fresh look while working with one or two-day-old hair. Add a little bit of ANTI Finishing Cream from the roots to the lengths before putting in a scrunchie and prepare to wake up with a bit of extra texture and that ideal day old hair flick. Don’t forget to finish it all up in the morning by adding some more ANTI Finishing Cream or Cream Paste to really amp up the texture.

3. Boost the ‘Beach Texture’

Curling hair is a time consuming mission and I hate to say that it doesn’t get any better with short hair. Some may say it’s actually worse. Often curl is associated with long hair but short hair curls can make the boldest statement on the streets. Having short hair makes your strands more prone to going rogue so they need optimum care and styling. Washing the hair with Everything Shampoo and Conditioner and braiding before bed is a great tip that will ensure a longer lasting wave and kink if your hair is long enough. The next morning when you use a smaller curling or straightening tool, alternate the direction you curl the hair. If you hair is short try brushing the curls once you’ve applied product and using the hands to work it in – not all beach waves you need a styling tool or product to achieve.

4. Embrace the Hair Flip

If you’re like me, our mornings are spent consistently hitting that snooze button for as much sleep as possible and not standing in a mirror trying to achieve that perfect fringe or flip. If your lacking time in the morning to curl your hair, try using your flat iron to flip in the ends of your hair the night before. This gives your short hair a more put together look without the work and  still avoids the ‘I just rolled out of bed’ vibe. If your hair is short and you don’t use an iron, apply ANTI Cream Clay to the roots of your hair and a minimal amount to the ends and you’ll have the flick and flattering look that will last all day.

5. Go with a low part

This may be the easiest and cutest short hair hack on the list. Part your hair neatly either in the middle or to your preferred side. After that, pull your hair back and tie it just resting above your neck. This look works professionally or casually. Don’t forget to top it off with your favourite accessory and ANTI Finishing Cream from roots to ends.

6. Don’t be scared of the Clay

A lot of people are scared of using too much clay. How much clay is enough without overdoing it? Well, the shorter the style the more you can use but what many of you didn’t know is that using a dryer at the same time can help soften and diffuse the clay into the hair.

Clay is typically best applied to dry hair but rep the hair beforehand with a hair dryer, adding ANTI Cream Clay or whatever you use for your desired style. For a lot of the best styles for a clay hair product, a hair dryer is best used to get your hair into shape and help add volume or texture to the hair at the same time. Often we are told to use clay on dry hair which is fine but you also run the risk of clumping or using too much. You can even use a clay product on a short bowl cut to keep some volume under the fringe or even pixie cut with an undercut. If you’re a guy with a short hair style ANTI Cream Paste or Cream Clay is your go-to for  everyday styling and texture no matter how you wear it. Apply to dry and damp hair – the beauty of short hair is that you can use a different technique depending on how you want the finish to look.

Feeling adventurous? Go the chop, we’ve got you covered.

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