15 Short Hairstyles for Winter 2016

Winter hair trends are all about rocking a great cut and color! Thinking about cutting your long locks? Do it! Beat any lingering winter blahs by trading them in for a fun and festive crop and you will soon feel oh so merry and bright.

Straight to the Point

Start the week out right with a smooth angular style.

Straight To The Point Fun Choppy Style

Straight To The Point Fun Choppy Style with Tapered Neck

How to Style:

  1. Ask your stylist to give you an asymmetrical pop by placing a bright color on one side of your cut, near the front of your hair.
  2. Towel dry hair then add a quarter-sized amount of styling cream to the tips of your fingers and work through hair.
  3. Blow dry with a small paddle brush for a smooth finish.
  4. For a more defined and piecey look, flick a texturizing wax through ends.

Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

Oval or round

Straight and fine or thick

For the Love of Curls

Texture rules when it comes to second-day hair. Want to revive your look for a night out? Looking for a style to strut after you try out that new dry shampoo? This is the style for you!

For the Love of Curls Short Blonde Style with Fun Highlights

For the Love of Curls Short Blonde Style with Fun Highlights and Flyaway Pieces

How to Style:

  1. Spray dry shampoo throughout hair, concentrating the nozzle near your scalp and brush through.
  2. Curl hair using a ¾ inch barrel iron. Work in vertical sections beginning on one side of your head and working around to the other. Hold the iron vertically and parallel to the side of your head. Before curling each section, spray each section no more than twice with a heat-setting spray.
  3. Finish with a flexible hold hairspray and a bit of styling wax for extra texture.

Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

Oval, round, pear

All hair types

Pastel Punch

Dare to be different this winter by packing some edge into your holiday style. Let your stylist know that you’re up for something unique and fun. Pastel hues like this cotton candy pink are the perfect accessory for anyone who is adventurous with their hair!

Pastel Punch Fun Asymmetrical Style with Highlights

Pastel Punch Fun Asymmetrical Style with Highlights - Side View
How to Style:

  1. Spray roots with volumizing product then blow dry.
  2. Use a flatiron to smooth ends.
  3. Apply texturizing product throughout to enhance the cut.

Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

Oval, pear

Straight and fine or thick

Tip:

Always use a heat protection product prior to using hot tools like flat irons or curling irons. Check out CHI 44 Iron Guard Thermal Protectant Spray for weightless protection with no buildup.

Christmas in the City

Slip some sexy into your style by having your stylist place four to six foils of vibrant red around your hairline. Be sure that he/she leaves some hair in the fringe that will fall over the red, allowing it to blend softly.

Bright Red Highlighted Angled Cut

Bright Red Highlighted Angled Cut - Shorter in the Back

How to Style:

  1. Towel dry hair. Emulsify a golf ball-sized amount of bodifying styling gel into hair and blow dry with fingers for natural texture. Lift sections around the crown and aim air stream at the root area to create volume.
  2. Use a flat iron to define fringe and piece out with a bit of texturizing paste.

Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

Oval, round, pear

Straight or wavy and fine or thick

Platinum Snow

For those with a coarse and extremely tight curl, opting for a silkening or straightening service with your favorite stylist will provide the perfect base for this fun look!

Platinum Snow Wild Wavy Pixie with Long Bangs

Platinum Snow Wild Wavy Pixie with Long Bangs - Side View

How to Style:

  1. If you’re hair has already been straightened or relaxed, use a large round brush in the front, blowing hair dry straight out from the forehead. Turn the brush away from the head as you aim air stream from new growth to ends. This turning motion creates bend in the hair. If not previously chemically treated, use a flat iron to smooth and turn hair under.
  2. Gently sweep fringe to the side for a soft frame.
  3. Using a smaller round brush in the crown and back of the head, flip hair up by blowing dry with hair positioned under the brush rather than over the brush.
  4. Finish with texturizing wax and hairspray.

Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

Oval, round, pear, square

All hair types

Peppermint Please!

Want some edge this season? Choose a dark color base with a candy-inspired peek-a-boo to freshen up your winter style! Request a piece of mint-colored green or clip in a single, one-inch wide temporary extension. For a more permanent option, have your colorist customize the color on a bonded extension.

Peppermint Highlights on Funky Dark Brown Pixie Cut

Peppermint Highlights on Funky Dark Brown Pixie Cut - Long Bangs and Flyaway Pieces

How to Style:

  1. Towel dry hair.
  2. Work texturizing cream through hair and blow dry using fingers to create random texture.
  3. Flip out the ends of fringe with a flat iron.
  4. Finish with a bit more texturizing cream on the ends and hairspray.

Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

Oval, round, pear

Wavy or straight and fine or thick

Up, Up and Away

What is better than a cute crop with the versatility to look like an elegant updo?

Up Up and Away Fun Updo with Cropped Back

Up Up and Away Fun Updo with Cropped Back - Neck View

How to Style:

  1. Work volumizing mousse through hair.
  2. Blow dry hair on top using a medium round brush, lifting the hair as your turn the brush back and away from the forehead. For maximum volume, lift the hair straight up as you turn.
  3. Finger-tousle the back for a random but smooth texture.
  4. Sprinkle in mattifying powder for extra weightless hold and texture.
  5. Perfect curls with an 1 ¼ inch iron if necessary.
  6. Pin back sections in the front as necessary to create the look of a faux updo.
  7. Finish with flexible hold hairspray.

Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

All hair types, though those with curly hair may wish to straighten the back with a flat iron

Pixie Perfect

Dying to try a pixie? This cut and color suits many face shapes and skin tones! Height in the crown and a flirty fringe will play up your best features and this rich brown color will warm up any complexion.

Pixie Perfect Sculpted Cut with Shaped Bangs and Side Pieces

Pixie Perfect Sculpted Cut with Shaped Bangs and Side Pieces - Side View

How to Style:

  1. Apply a quarter-sized amount of texturizing cream to fingertips and work through entire head of hair.
  2. Blow dry using fingers for ultimate texture, remembering to lift hair at the root for maximum volume in the crown.
  3. In the fringe area, blow dry forward then gently sweep to side. Lift just a bit while drying for volume near the hairline.
  4. Finish with a nickel-sized amount of semi-matte texture paste for piecing out the ends.

Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

Oval, round, pear

Straight or wavy and fine or thick

Spicy Makeover

Lighten up this winter! Warm up with cinnamon, caramel and vanilla highlights. Ask your stylist for a classic angled bob that falls just under your jaw line and frame your face with a long flirty fringe.

Spicy Makeover Tapered Cut with Highlights

Spicy Makeover Tapered Cut with Highlights - Side View

How to Style:

  1. Blow dry with a medium paddle brush using the wrap technique. Aim air from roots to ends as you use the paddle brush to wrap hair around your head as you dry.
  2. Piece out ends and fringe.
  3. Finish with shine spray.

Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

Oval, pear, round

Straight or wavy and fine or thick

It’s Your Move!

This style works very well for those who have lots of hair and many growth patterns. The wavy, natural texture hides hard-to-style cowlicks and the height in the crown is excellent for any face shape.

Your Move Wavy Blonde Short Sculpted Cut with Volume

Your Move Wavy Blonde Short Sculpted Cut with Volume - Back View

How to Style:

  1. Lift hair at the roots and spray root booster to build volume into your style. This is an essential step in hiding that pesky stubborn growth pattern!
  2. Using a 1 ¼ inch round brush, blow hair dry toward the back of the head. At the crown, be sure to lift the brush and keep turning as this creates volume and lots of movement. In the fringe area, focus on lifting as you blow dry, then gently sweep some hair to the side to create a weightless, volumized frame around your face.
  3. Lock in your style with a buildable hold hairspray.

Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

Oval or pear

Wavy and thick

Silver Screen Sexy

Short, sexy hair with tons of body and movement will perfectly complement a bold lip and otherwise neutral makeup for your holiday party!

Silver Screen Platinum Cut Fun Waves

Silver Screen Platinum Cut Fun Waves Tapered Length

How to Style:

  1. Work a nickel-sized amount of volumizing foam into hair.
  2. Blow dry using a medium round brush.
  3. Curl hair by taking vertical one-inch wide sections and wrapping them around a ¾ inch barrel iron. Be sure to wrap hair in a direction away from the face.
  4. Finish with flexible hold styling spray.

Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

Oval, pear, or heart

Straight or wavy and fine or thick

Caramel Texture Treat

Simple and sassy, this cut brings the best of warm winter color together with super simple styling.

Caramel Textured Short Cut with Body

Caramel Textured Short Cut with Body - Side View

How to Style:

  1. Emulsify a nickel-sized amount of styling cream in fingers then distribute through hair.
  2. Blow hair dry using fingers to create texture in the fringe and crown, leaving the nape area a bit smoother.
  3. Finish with a flexible styling spray or hard hold hairspray, depending upon your preference.

Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

Oval, pear, round or heart

Straight or slightly wavy and fine or thick

New Year Natural

Take a fresh leap into the new year with natural tresses! Keep more height in the crown than the sides, thus balancing the proportion of your beautiful natural curl. If you prefer to color, opt for a single color application rather than highlights in order to keep processing to a minimum. Moisturize, moisturize, moisturize! African American hair comes in three basic textures: wavy, curly and kinky. Curly hair, whether coarse or fine, looks and performs much better when properly moisturized.

Natural Full Curly Cut

How to Style:

  1. Start your routine right by using a moisturizing shampoo and conditioner.
  2. Gently wring hair of excess moisture using your hands instead of a towel.
  3. Finish by carefully working spray gel from new growth through the ends.

Tip:

Terrycloth towels cause a lot of friction, resulting in more frizz. Try a hair chamois instead and be sure to wring, not rub. Once styled, resist the urge to touch your curls.

Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

Oval or pear

Very curly, kinky, corkscrew and fine, medium or coarse

Embellished Evenings

Amp up the glam by popping an accessory into your hair once you’ve finished styling.

Choppy Brunette Style with Bright Accessory

Choppy Brunette Style with Bright Accessory and Side Bangs

How to Style:

  1. Work styling cream into hair.
  2. Blow dry with a small to medium round brush in the crown and at the nape, then with a small paddle brush in front at the fringe.
  3. Set your style with buildable hold hairspray.
  4. Accessorize! Browse Etsy.com for an infinite selection of quality handmade and vintage hair clips and headbands or get crafty and DIY using your favorite Pinterest tutorial.

Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

Oval, pear, round

Slightly wavy and fine or thick

Copper Delight

Great against pale skin tones, copper hues bring out warmth and are a great alternative to dark winter hair color. Add excitement with a pop of blonde just behind the ear!

Copper Delight Smooth Style with Blonde Highlights

Copper Delight Smooth Style with Blonde Highlights - Back View

How to Style:

  1. Wring excess moisture from hair.
  2. Apply a nickel-sized amount of blow dry cream to pads of fingers and distribute evenly through hair.
  3. Using a two-inch round brush, blow hair dry as you lift and turn the brush to create smooth volume. The fringe area should be round brushed straight up and away from the forehead, then angled to the side when approaching the ends.
  4. Spray a bit of thermal styling spray as you work between one-inch wide vertical sections with a curling iron. The best size iron to use for this style is a one-inch diameter barrel iron.
  5. Polish the look with a shine infused flexible styling spray.

Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

Oval, heart, round

Straight or wavy and fine or thick

Style is just as much about attitude as it is cut or color. Once you’ve got it, rock it! When making a dramatic change, be sure to bring plenty of pictures to show your stylist so he or she can understand exactly the look you want. This guide will be your reference so you can recreate your look at home. Cheers to having great hair days every day this winter season!

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By Audrey-Hunter 08/31/2016 10:58:00

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