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How to: Wear Short Hair Well

Tue, 13 November 2012 12:04PM

Don’t you love it when stars align? And when they’re beauty stars, they shimmer a lot brighter!

This week is one such celestial success story. With all the fabulous banter about Pantene Beautiful Lengths National Donate Your Hair Week, celebrity stylist, Troy Thompson – TRESemmé Scissor Free Salon Stylist – has taken a peek into his crystal ball of shorter haircuts, and emerged – scissors swinging – with these big predictions for summers shorter cuts.

And, of course, with Karlie Kloss making the chop, it’s more fashionable than ever …

Image: Modelinia

ECB: Tell us what you see, Troy?
“I see a resurgence of short bobs, à la Emma Watson and Carey Mulligan,” he coos.

ECB:What’s the buzz on buzz-cuts?

You have to ask, right? Even I went there. With nearly a year under my belt since, things are softer upstairs, and Troy says this is the key trend for future close shaves. “The thing with buzz cuts is that you never see women do the traditional buzz cut like Sinead O’Conner did years ago. I feel Ruby Rose and Miley Cyrus have done a halfhearted buzz cut – but they remain a soft version of it by keeping the length on-top,” he points out. This is the smart tact, he notes, as not all face shapes can suit the extremities of a short buzz. “If your hair is too coarse and frizzy, it is not suited for the latest short hair trends.”

(I must have missed that memo.)

“If you have finer hair and softer waves, short hair is a big plus,” he adds.

ECB: How do should the shorter frontier be forged?
Of course bring visuals into the salon, advises Troy, but not just about the haircut. “Consider colours too,” he advises. “I find there is nothing better than having a strong sharp colour to accentuate the short hair style.

Rather than running with the pack and going lighter for summer, Troy credits bold colour with really making short cuts soar into the sexy stratosphere. “Go bold with your colour and stay away from foils,” he says. “Rich browns and intense reds to make the style stand out.”

But as pretty as it looks in the picture, taking the plunge from longer to shorter often comes down to leaps into the great unknown. “This is where you put your faith in your selected stylist and ensure clear communication with each other.”

On the other side of the snip, you’ll find that your product choices will change drastically. Troy lists dry shampoo as an essential to create texture and lift and serums to reduce frizz.

Growing out a cut can prove a curse, but Troy refuses to buy into the belief that more haircuts as you grow hair out will improve the results. Instead, if you care for your wonky lengths and unguided growth with a treatment, it will keep your short cut in top nick for longer.

I can personally suggest these products too:

  • TRESemmé Split Remedy Sealing Serum, $11.49, Priceline
  • Sebastian Whipped Crème, $39, 1300 728 333
  • Cedel Dry Shampoo, $7.99, Priceline
  • Pantene 3-Minute Miracle, 3 x 15, $7.99, pharmacies and supermarkets
  • Kevin Murphy EASY.RIDER, $35.95, 1800 104 204


So Primpettes, are you inspired to take it all off?

For charity or simply a chic change?

Ecb x

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  • Posted by: daylight dancer Master Fan // Tue, 13 November 2012 12:36pm

    I really am preparing myself for the big chop, i have a feeling its coming. I just want to think a bit more as i dont want to regret losing my long hair.
    Ive got the split end serum, thanks to primped, and its works really well. Its preventing my hair from further damage. :)

  • Posted by: adriennne Master Fan // Tue, 13 November 2012 01:13pm

    I wouldn’t have a problem with short hair if I didn’t have such a HUGE round head. I would love the low maintenance. For now, I’m happy with it long though!

  • Posted by: Sparkles17 Master Fan // Tue, 13 November 2012 01:18pm

    I cut my hair short after 10 years and loved it now I wonder why I didn’t dare before, though when I’m all dressed up I miss my longer locks.

  • Posted by: Gloss_Geek Master Fan // Tue, 13 November 2012 02:40pm

    What a great q and a! I also have the split end serum and it smells and works amazingly :)

  • Posted by: misschris Master Fan // Tue, 13 November 2012 06:48pm

    I really want to go the chop, but I am just too nervous to actually do it..

  • Posted by: PrettyPrincess Master Fan // Tue, 13 November 2012 09:17pm

    I recently cut my hair so it sits on my shoulders.
    I thought it was too short for awhile but I’m used to and love it now.

  • Posted by: Claire // Wed, 14 November 2012 11:10am

    I have had short hair since I was 17 and I will never go back (despite my colourist trying to convince me to grow it into a bob), shaved my head twice but not for charity, just for the look! That being said it does require a certain amount of confidence to have a full buzzcut, however most people were positive and said it looked great. Also helps having a boyfriend who cuts it for you… growing it out is a pain! Now I’ve got a little more length, Kevin Murphy Easy Rider is hands down the best product for short hair (mine is bleached and dry so doesn’t need much hold) its plus super moisturising. If you have frizzy dry hair you can wear it short, just needs extra attention and an amazing hairdresser 😀

  • Posted by: cwingy83 Enthusiast // Wed, 28 November 2012 02:52pm

    cut my hair into bob cut few years ago and love it. It helps my hair to feel light and healthy again

  • Posted by: Tina-1291133452 Master Fan // Wed, 28 November 2012 04:01pm

    i was so in love with VB’s bob hair cut a few years back that i cut my elbow length hair off :( never again.. i love short hair on others but on myself, no!

  • Posted by: loopylexy Master Fan // Wed, 28 November 2012 06:05pm

    Growing it out at the moment, feel more in the mood for a colour than a cut!

  • Posted by: leemurr Enthusiast // Sun, 2 December 2012 01:59pm

    I had the big chop a couple years ago and while it looked good it was so much more work , it is much harder to hide a bad hair day.

  • Posted by: catn2kittens Master Fan // Sat, 6 April 2013 04:06pm

    I keep googling short hairstyles but can’t bring myself to take the plunge yet!

  • Posted by: jo77 Master Fan // Tue, 9 April 2013 12:28pm

    I went short and it was an exhillarating experience and it cut my morning hair dramas by about 80%

  • Posted by: Dana Enthusiast // Wed, 1 May 2013 02:30pm

    I love short hair, I always try to grow mine out but then I get so bored with the medium length and chop it off again, Karlie looks amazing with short hair.

  • Posted by: diva89 Master Fan // Sun, 12 May 2013 02:20pm

    great article

  • Posted by: talkalot Master Fan // Sun, 20 October 2013 09:58pm

    I’ve gone halfway and have shoulder length hair. Had a good portion chopped off.

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