Before you yell at us that it’s WAY too early to be thinking about prom, hear us out! By the time you get your dress, your shoes, your date, etc., the last thing you want to be dealing with is your hair…especially if you’re going to do it by yourself. Now that that’s out of the way, let’s get on with the hacks!
Some people with short hair are into rockin’ a glam updo on prom night, while others feel more comfortable wearing their hair down. That being said, curling short locks can be a little tricky, especially if you’ve never seen it done properly before. Check out the below tutorials now and you’ll be a pro short-hair curler by the time the big dance rolls around!
1. Use a 1.5-inch curling iron to create big curls, and then finish off your ‘do with a diffuser — this will loosen your locks even more and give you that effortless, tousled look:
2. If you’re going to use a curling wand, be sure to hold it VERTICALLY:
3. Grab small sections and don’t leave the hair on the wand for too long if you want beachy waves:
4. Make sure you’re curling different-sized sections of hair so things don’t look too ‘perfect,’ especially if you want a tousled ‘do:
5. Dry shampoo will be your your best tool if you want volume and texture, especially if your hair is fine AND short:
6. Leaving about an inch of hair off the iron is another great way to achieve an effortless look because the ends of your locks will remain straight and not as perfect as the rest of the curls:
7. No curling iron? No problem! Even short-haired girls can reap the benefit of using a flat iron to curl hair. Here’s how:
8. You don’t want the dreaded ‘triangle’ (that is, hair that’s flat on the top and puffy on the bottom) that can often happen when people with short hair try to use a curling iron. To avoid this, be sure to backcomb your roots a bit once you’re done styling:
9. Feeling super fun? Curl small sections of hair from the root to the tip, then scrunch with your hands:
10. Get a slight bend in your hair by curling it in the middle, then straightening it at the ends:
11. You can also create flat-iron waves by manually doing what a crimper would do. Tedious, yes, but so worth it!