Natural hair can be difficult to manage. Cutting your hair short can liberate you from tangles, elaborate hairstyles, and the sheer weight that comes with long hair. While you might think shampoo and conditioner are all you need to keep your short hair in shape, it has its own needs to consider.
Getting regular trims
The most important thing to remember when it comes to keeping short hair looking great is to maintain the shape. This means regular trips to see your hair stylist, even more so than if you had longer locks since one of the biggest challenges when it comes to shorter hair is the fact that it needs more maintenance. Short hairstyles need to be cut every four to five weeks to keep it looking its best.
Wash your hair only once per week. Some hair are typically drier than other types, and most shampoos use sodium lauryl sulfate as a detergent, which can often dry out hair. Once per week is enough, since kinky hair doesn’t allow oil to travel down the shaft like straight hair. Pat and squeeze your hair dry after getting out of the shower. Never rub your hair, which will cause frizzing. Instead, pat dry with a towel and then use a hair dryer with a diffuser attachment. This will give you soft definition with shorter hair.
Develop a healthy hair routine
While you might think hair is hair no matter the length, shorter hair needs its own set of products. Use a custom blend of products that work specifically for short hair to maintain the style. Maintaining a good shampoo and conditioner routine is important because even though the hair is short, it still needs to be kept healthy and shiny. Shampoo and condition hair as usual, and we suggest using an argan oil-based styling product to keep hair soft, manageable and looking great. Also be sure to condition on a daily basis to keep hair from looking dry.
Caution when blow-drying
Short hair tends to frizz and stick up everywhere when blow-dried. It’s usually best to let it air dry. If you do blow dry it, keep it on low heat and brush with a big, round brush as you dry. If you want to add volume to your hair, scrunching gives a more even result than blow-drying.
Avoid using chemical relaxers or heated styling tools like straighteners. Shorter hair is more prone to frizzing, since it doesn’t have the weight of more hair to pull it down and make it smooth. If you’re planning on leaving your hair natural, it’s best to experiment with your natural kinky texture, rather than trying to tame it into a style that is unnatural and even damaging to hair.
Don’t forget your scalp
You might not realize it, but your scalp should get the same attention you give the rest of your skin. Just like dead skin and pore-clogging debris can build up on your face, your scalp can get weighed down, too. Build-up on your scalp can mean flakes, dryness and irritation (no thanks!). Think about adding an exfoliating scalp treatment to your short hair care routine. These treatments are great, as they serve as a facial for the hair and stimulate the scalp.
Avoid product overload
If you’ve been relying on an array of styling products to keep your strands in shape, it might be time to take a break or at least be choosier with what you use. Certain hair care products can do more harm than good in the long run. Don’t overuse products like gels and pomades that can make hair look dull and greasy. It’s also good to keep in mind that over-use of these popular short hair products can clog the hair cuticle and make hair lackluster, causing strands to look oily and lifeless.
Try different styles
Although short hair takes less time to style, its appearance can change rapidly as your hair grows out. Be willing to part your hair in different places, trim your bangs, or try other experiments to keep your hair looking good throughout.