Wondering how to style your short hair this summer? Matrix Artistic Directors Michael Albor and Daniel Roldan have you covered! Here are their favorite short to medium-length hairstyles for every summer occasion, along with their pro hair tips and how-tos!
1. Loose and Textured Hairstyle for Short to Medium Hair
Great for: Work, weekends, casual evenings.
- Apply blow-out cream to damp hair.
- Blow dry in horizontal sections with a round brush.
- Apply volumizing mousse and comb through until dry.
- Wind sections of hair around the curling iron, away from the face, while holding the ends. Allow each curl to gently drop.
- Work up the back and through the sides in this manner.
- When hair is curled and cool, tip your head to the side and comb through from underneath to loosen the waves.
- Mist with texturizing hairspray.
- Apply creamy hair wax to the ends with fingers while separating strands.
- Create a side part and mist and scrunch the ends with salt spray.
2. Messy Bun for Short to Medium Hair
Great for: Weddings, summer parties
- Create three sections--a triangular section at the fringe area and another parting around the crown. The third section is created by directing the sides back into a ponytail at the nape and securing with an elastic. Spray with hairspray.
- Create a horizontal subsection above the ponytail. Backbrush to create a cushion and smooth the section.
- Work up the head using horizontal subsections, backbrushing for hair volume, smoothing and unifying sections until reaching the fringe section.
- Sweep the right side of the top section towards the left side of the ponytail. Pin it in place above the elastic.
- Sweep the left side of the section towards the right, create a fold and secure with a pin.
- Using hair from the ponytail and the top section, separate into sections.
- Starting on the left; fold, roll and knot each section to create a casual, low bun. Anchor with pins.
- At the fringe section, create a side part, gently backbrush, drape over ears, direct the section back and pin into bun. Spray with hairspray.
3. Expanded Braid for Short to Medium Hair
Great for: Anything from a festival to a fancy-dress affair!
- Create a parting on the right side. Separate out three strands and apply smoothing cream.
- Begin creating an inverted braid along the front hairline. Separate out pie-shaped subsections from the top of the head and feed them underneath the center strand.
- Work along the top of the head.
- When you reach the ear, begin taking sections from top and bottom. Continue to the center back and secure with elastic.
- Repeat on the other side.
- Criss-cross the two braids and pin to secure.
- Mist with hairspray and loosen the braids.
4. Polished and Sleek Hairstyle for Short to Medium Hair
Great for: Dinner dates, the club or anywhere fashion-with-an-edge is required.
- Separate out a triangular section at the top.
- At the back and through the sides, spray individual diagonal subsections with thermal protection spray, and flat iron all sections on a diagonal, which allows the iron to get closer to the scalp.
- In the triangle section, create a ¼-inch horizontal subsection along the front hairline. Spray with thermal protection spray and flat iron.
- Move to the next subsection and crimp it from the scalp to 1 ½ inch down the strand. Flat iron the remainder of the section.
- Continue working back through the section, alternating flat-ironed hair subsections with crimped/flat ironed subsections.
- Spray the hair with hairspray.
- Create a vertical subsection behind the ear, spray with hairspray at the base, brush back with a flat bristle brush in sections. Use narrow subsections to ensure saturation of the hairspray.
- Work towards the front hairline and clip to hold.
- Repeat on the other side.
- When complete, direct both sides to the back, twist, knot together and pin in place.
- Move to the back of the triangle section at the top.
- Working in horizontal subsections, backbrush the base to create a cushion.
- Gently smooth the surface of each section to mask the backbrushing.
- Work to the front hairline, forming the backbrushed subsections into a modern pompadour.
- Smooth the hair with a styling brush, maintaining hair volume, and spray with hairspray.