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FEATURES May 7 2013 5:51PM

Managing and Styling Short Natural Hair

by Precious Henshaw of Precious-Curls.com

Taking care of your hair while it’s short can be quick, easy, and hassle-free. While styling options may feel limited due to the length, there are many ways to switch up short hairstyles that will keep things fresh and fun!


It is very easy to wash short hair! Since the hair is short, it won’t tangle as easily as it could if it were longer. Still, it is good to take precautions so that when your hair does grow longer, the maintenance does not become much more difficult.

Pre-poo the hair by applying your favorite oil or conditioner about half an hour before you shampoo. Rinse the oil or conditioner out before shampooing. Pre-pooing the hair helps to soften it, making the washing part a breeze. It also helps keep the shampoo from drying your hair out too much after rinsing. Pre-pooing is optional, but it is definitely a good step to take if you experience dryness upon rinsing shampoo out.

Next, detangle the hair using a comb or a brush similar to the Denman. Even short hair can get some tangles and mats, and you want to make sure that they are removed from your hair before shampooing, since shampoo can cause tangles to mat together.

Then, simply wash and rinse your hair, focusing the shampoo mostly on your scalp.



Apply your favorite conditioner to your freshly washed hair. Depending on the type of conditioner and the instructions on the bottle, you can either rinse the conditioner out after the specified time, or leave it in your hair.


Moisturize the hair daily, every other day, or as often as needed to keep your hair soft and manageable. You do not need to apply too much product – a quarter or half-dollar amount should do.


There are many styling options for shorter hair!

Twists – twists look great on short hair! Be sure you part neatly, as the part lines are not as easy to cover up as they are with longer hair.

Coils – coils also look great on short hair! Coils can usually be rocked for weeks at a time depending on how quickly the style becomes frizzy.

Twist outs/braid outs - these look beautiful on short hair to give it a textured, curled look. Simply twist or braid several sections of the hair using your favorite styling product, then when it dries, take them out and fluff out the curls.

Half up/half down – cornrows or flat twists at the front of your hair and leaving the rest free is a cute alternative as well!

Faux puff – using a stretchy headband, double it around your neck and push it up and back toward the center of your head to create the illusion of a large puff.

Flat twist/cornrow bang – if your hair is long enough, you can try flat twisting or braiding it across the front of your hair for a bang look!

Headband – wear your favorite headband while rocking any of the above styles!

Scarf – vintage pin-up scarf styles are trending right now, and they look super cute with short hair. Try tying the scarf while leaving some out in the front to create a “bang”!

Hair accessories – cute hair accessories like hair flowers, bows, and clips can easily give some spice to a boring updo.

 Be sure you protect your hair at night by covering it with a satin scarf or bonnet, or by sleeping on a satin pillowcase. Cotton pillowcases can suck moisture out of your hair.

Keeping it simple with short natural hair will keep it healthy and growing. Be sure to wash the scalp often enough to keep it healthy and unclogged. Moisturize when it is needed, and rock your hair fiercely!

 How do you care for and rock your short hair?



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