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20 of The Prettiest Short Hairstyles for Summer 2015

Summer is upon us! It’s time for ice cream, sundresses, sandals and short hair. Beat the heat this summer by changing up your look.

If you’ve tossed around the idea of going short, summer is the perfect time to experiment with your hair and try some of these hot short hair trends. This article will definitely give you some ideas to take with you to the salon this season!

1. Asymmetrical Side Sweep

Here is a little flare and femininity on short hair. This cut can be styled many ways, so here is a softer look for this edgy cut.

Asymmetrical Side Swept Hairstyle

How to style:

  1. On damp hair, apply a styling gel.
  2. On the shorter side, blow dry the hair smooth.
  3. On the longer side, blow dry the hair in the opposite direction, towards the shorter side to create volume.
  4. When hair is completely dry, shape the front with a curling iron or wand (medium sized for curls, large for waves). Curl the longer pieces throughout.
  5. Finish with medium strength hairspray.

Recommended Products:

Paul Mitchell Styling Glaze is a good product to prep hair with before the blow dry for soft hold and shine.

Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

This will look great on smaller facial shapes. Finer and straighter hair types will have to style more often to keep the body and shape of this look.

2. Smooth Layered Crop

Here is a soft and flirty short style that can be worn in a variety of ways. This is an easy style to maintain and also easy to dress up!

Smooth Short Layered Crop HairstyleSmooth Short Layered Crop Hairstyle Side

How to style:

  1. On damp hair, apply a smoothing cream.
  2. Blow dry hair with a small paddle brush or Denman brush.
  3. Dry a side part into the hair. Follow the shape of the head with brush.
  4. Smooth with a flat iron if needed.
  5. Finish with high shine hairspray.

Recommended Products:

TIGI’s Head Rush is a high shine soft spray with no hold and smells delicious.

Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

Curlier hair types may want to invest in a smoothing treatment is they wanted to commit to this style.

Tip:

If your hair is all one color this style may appear flat, so ask your stylist about color to accent this cute look.

3. Soft Swept Drama

This style can be an easy entry for women who haven’t had short hair before. This cut is still long enough to tie back into a tiny ponytail if need be, and you get the full effect “short” look while still having some length.

Short Hairstyle with Side Swept BangsShort Hairstyle with Side Swept Bangs Front

How to style:

  1. Apply a styling cream to damp hair.
  2. With a paddle brush, blow dry hair going forward like an extreme combover.
  3. Repeat wrapping hair with your brush and dryer from side to side until dry.
  4. Spray hair with texture spray and add texture paste for a more distressed finish.

Recommended Products:

Bumble and Bumble’s Grooming Cream is a pliable product used to create a soft finish on blown out styles.

Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

This look is very versatile and will sit well on most all facial shapes. Curlier and thicker hair types may want to investigate smoothing treatments for this one.

Tip:

The hair color in this style is what adds drama to this look. Hair that is all one color will look softer. If you want to add a little flare, ask your stylist about some color.

4. Sleek Asymmetrical Bob

This a very chic and modern look for the polished professional as well as the stylish diva. Asymmetrical short styles almost style themselves as they have have such distinct shapes.

Sleek Asymmetrical Bob for Summer

How to style:

  1. Apply a smoothing cream to damp hair.
  2. Blow dry hair smooth with paddle brush or large round brush.
  3. Section hair into horizontal sections.
  4. Smooth hair with a flat iron.
  5. Apply an anti-frizz spray or serum.

Recommended Products:

For the ultimate smooth look, Aveda Smoothing Style Prep and Aveda Glossing Straightener are foolproof  choices for straightening, humidity protection and shine.

Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

This is among the most universal looks out there. It works well on most everyone!

5. Undercut Crop

This is a popular look with the variation of the top being longer or shorter. We love it because it’s easy to maintain and a breeze to style!

Undercut Short Hairstyle for SummerUndercut Short Hairstyle for Summer Back

How to style:

  1. On damp hair, apply styling cream.
  2. Blow dry hair smooth with Denman brush.
  3. Finish with soft texture product.

Recommended Products:

Bumble and Bumble’s Sumotech gives a softly textured look with a medium hold.

Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

All hair types can rock this little number with minimal styling time.

Tip:

Whenever going extremely short, frequent visits to the salon may be required. Don’t hesitate to ask your stylist if they offer complimentary neck trims or touch-ups in between visits.

6. Curly Crop

Here is a very playful and vibrant style that exudes confidence. Shorter styles like this one are easily enhanced with a little pop of hair color.

Short Curly Crop for Summer

How to style:

  1. On damp hair, apply curling cream or gel.
  2. Dry hair with diffuser until 100% dry.
  3. Spray with hairspray.
  4. Pick out unruly pieces and curl with curling iron or wand.
  5. Apply shine texture product with fingers.

Recommended Products:

TIGI’s Catwalk Curls Rock Curl Amplifier provides hold and control for defined curls and waves.

Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

This style works well on leaner face shapes. This also is a great fit for curly and wavy hair types as well as the thicker and coarser hair.

7. Coif Top

This is a very chic look for anyone looking to make a strong first impression this summer season!

Chic Short Hairstyle for SummerChic Short Hairstyle for Summer Back

How to style:

  1. On damp hair, apply a volumizing foam.
  2. Blow dry hair back with small round brush.
  3. Backcomb for additional volume.
  4. Spray with hair with hairspray and brush back.
  5. Brush hair around the face forward if desired.

Recommended Products:

Mousse Forte By Sebastian provides a strong hold for building all day volume, protects from heat and has all day frizz control.

Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

Curlier and thicker hair types may want to smooth out their hair before styling .

8. Monster Ball Hallie Barry

Here is a very clean yet feminine short style that is easy to maintain at home. Just know that shorter hairstyles like this one may require more frequent visits to the salon to keep the shape clean.

Feminine Short Hairstyle for Summer

How to style:

  1. On damp hair, apply a smoothing cream or gel and comb through.
  2. Smooth down sides and back with blow dryer and a brush.
  3. Blow dry top with small round brush.
  4. Spray with hairspray and comb through. Flat iron pieces to add texture.

Recommended Products:

OSIS Soft ‘n Straight has heat protection for styling and has a smooth silky finish without weighing down the hair.

Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

This works well with lean facial shapes. Nearly all hair types can style this easily.

9. Soft Feminine Bob

Vintage looks are here to stay for a while. Here’s a throwback of one of the most classic shapes — the bob!

Soft Feminine Bob for SummerSoft Feminine Bob for Summer Side

How to style:

  1. On dry hair, spritz with styling spray.
  2. Blow dry with medium round brush.
  3. Spray hair with light hairspray.
  4. Select pieces from the front to curl back with large wand or curling iron. Add pieces from top for volume.
  5. Break curls up with fingers.

Recommended Products:

Bumble and Bumble’s Styling Tonic is a great prep product to begin building a blown out style. Bumble’s Finishing Spray is also a staple to have on your vanity for a soft medium hold.

Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

This is among the most universal looks out there and it works well on most everyone. Curlier, wavier, thicker hair types may want to opt for longer variations of this look.

10. Short and Sassy

Here is a very soft and feminine look that is super easy to style. This is a very cute look for women who may be used to wearing bangs or a fringe!

Short Sassy Hairstyle for SummerShort Sassy Hairstyle for Summer Side

How to style:

  1. On damp hair, apply a styling foam.
  2. Blow dry with fingers until hair is 60% dry.
  3. Complete the blow dry with small round brush.
  4. Finish with shine hairspray.

Recommended Products:

Aveda Phomollient is lightweight styling foam that gives a soft finish and light to medium hold.

Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

This look works well on most everyone and will give finer hair types more natural volume.

11. Pixie Faux Sidepart

This look is for bold and confident! This is a ladies version of the oh so popular men’s side parted style. This may be among the easiest looks to style as it mostly does all the work itself!

Pixie Hairstyle with Side Part

How to style:

  1. On damp hair, apply a styling cream.
  2. Comb to desired side.
  3. Let air dry.

Recommended Products:

TIGI’s S Factor line has a fun product called Creamy Molding Wax that provides texture, movement and hold that also moisturizes.

Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

For this kind of look, hair texture and face shape play nearly no role as this look is all about confidence!

Tip:

When going dramatically short, strong makeup and accessories are a must to keep your new short ‘do from looking boyish. Bold lips are an easy way to enhance the femininity of a super short look.

12. Undercut Side Part

This undercut style is wildly popular with short hair this summer. Some go so far as to shave in a little shape into the side. Go for it!

Undercut Hairstyle with Side PartUndercut Hairstyle with Side Part Back

How to style:

  1. Apply styling foam to damp hair.
  2. Blow dry with small paddle brush in the direction of your part.
  3. Finish with medium hold hairspray.

Recommended Products:

Rusk’s Being Sexy Mousse is a light and foamy mousse with strong hold. This is a concentrated product, so be mindful that a little goes a long way!

Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

Wavy and curly hair types will have a lot of fun with this style. Finer and straighter hair types may have to style it out a little more frequently.

13. Ladies Pompadour

This is a very posh style that be worn out day and night. This pomp could even work out for longer hair if you tie the back up. Big volume = big attitude!

Posh Short Hairstyle for SummerPosh Short Hairstyle for Summer Side

How to style:

  1. Apply volumizing mousse to crown area.
  2. Apply a light styling gel to the sides and comb them back.
  3. Blow dry crown section with a medium round brush.
  4. Blow dry the sides back, smoothing the hair close to the head.
  5. Backcomb the crown section with teasing comb, then smooth out and shape.
  6. Smooth back the sides and pin them back. Finish with hairspray.

Recommended Products:

Sexy Hair’s Style Sexy Hair Line has a product called Blow It Up Volumizing Gel Foam. It is a liquid spray that creates serious volume, making perfect for blow dry styling.

Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

More petite face shapes may want to go with less volume on top so as not to overwhelm their petite features. This look is great for finer and straighter hair. Curlier and thicker hair types may want to smooth their hair out before styling for longer lasting hold.

14. Rude Girl Faux Hawk

This fierce look is sure put some pep in your step on your way out. This can also be grown out into several variations for fun all summer long!

Short Faux Hawk Hairstyle for Summer

How to style:

  1. Apply styling gel to damp hair.
  2. Blow dry hair into mohawk shape with a small brush.
  3. Flat iron the hair upward.
  4. Finish with a texture product and medium to firm spray.

Recommended Products:

Rusk’s Being Sexy Gel is a strong hold gel for creating texture and shape with maximum hold. Rusk’s Being Warped is a styling wax that adds chunky and thick texture and is humidity resistant.

Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

Softer and petite face shapes may want to try a shorter version of this style so as to not be overpowered by such a strong shape.

15. Soft Feminine Short Layers

Here is another way to ease into shorter hair. This is a shape that most people are familiar with. It’s pretty easy to style with moderate to low maintaince.

Soft Short Hairstyle for SummerSoft Short Hairstyle for Summer Side

How to style:

  1. On dry hair, spray a thermal protectant and setting spray.
  2. Curl hair with a medium curling iron or wand in one-inch sections all over.
  3. When hair is all curled, spray with hairspray.
  4. For more body and volume, break up the curls with a wide comb or brush. For more curls, break up the curls with your fingers or a tail comb.
  5. Shape the final look with fingers and finish with shine spray.

Recommended Products:

Kenra’s Platinum Dry Thickening Spray provides 24 hour flexible hold, heat protection and thickens the hair for added body and volume.

Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

Finer, straighter hair types may want to opt for a longer version of this style.

16. Modern Layered Bob

This is a super low maintenance style! This classic shape can do no wrong and is very versatile.

Modern Layered Bob HairstyleModern Layered Bob Hairstyle Side

How to style:

  1. On damp hair, apply a styling foam and comb through.
  2. Blow dry with a large round brush.
  3. Comb hair in direction of part.
  4. Spray with a light texture spray.

Recommended Products:

Eufora Formation Whipped Styling Solution is an aloe-based product that moisturizes while creating volume and flexible hold.

Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

This is among the most universal looks out there and it works well on most everyone.

17. Micro Mohawk

This super cute style would be an adorable way to welcome summer. It’s easy to style, super low maintenance and can be grown out in several stages.

Micro Mohawk Short Hairstyle for Summer

How to style:

  1. Apply gel to damp hair.
  2. Work gel through hair, shaping the top upwards and sides downwards.
  3. Blow dry hair in direction of style.
  4. Finish with a soft texture paste.

Recommended Products:

Brilliant Texture Gel from Aveda gives a medium hold to hair and doesn’t dry stick or stiff.

Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

This look will work well with more petite and slimmer facial shapes and hair of all texures.

18. Sleek Bob

Here is another modern spin on our classic bob. Sleek and chic, this a very polished look for work or play this summer season.

Sleek Bob for Summer

How to style:

  1. On damp hair, apply a smoothing cream and comb through.
  2. Blow dry with a large round brush.
  3. Comb hair in direction of part.
  4. Smooth hair with flat iron.

Recommended Products:

TIGI’s S-Factor Smoothing Lusterizer is designed to smooth hair and protect it from frizz and humidity.

Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

This look works well on most all facial shapes. Curlier, coarse hair types may want smooth out their hair before styling.

19. Gentle Waves

This look is a romantic and soft look for everyday wear. To style something like this may take a little time on the day you wash and style, but it can be worn out for a couple days with just a product touch up.

Short Hairstyle for Summer with Gentle WavesShort Hairstyle for Summer with Gentle Waves Side

How to style:

  1. Apply golf ball-sized amount of volumizing foam to damp hair.
  2. Spritz hair with a heat protectant.
  3. Blow dry hair in neat sections going backwards with small round brush.
  4. Section hair into one-inch sections.
  5. Spray with styling hairspray. Curl with a small curling iron, working backwards.
  6. Loosely break up curls with a shine serum.

Recommended Products:

CHI Volume Booster is a liquid spray that creates weightless volume and is perfect for blow dry styling. CHI’s 44 Iron Guard is most popular product from the CHI line. It has ceramic particles to give maximum protection from heat and does not build up on the hair.

Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

This look can be flattering on most all facial shapes.

20. Tamed Natural Texture

This is a perfect style for the beach days of summer. Be mindful that curlier natural styles may seem easy and effortless, but sometimes they can more time consuming than styling straight.

Natural Curly Short Hairstyle

How to style:

  1. On damp hair, apply curling cream and work it through your curls.
  2. Apply a shine styling cream and work it through your curls.
  3. Dry hair with diffuser attachment on your blow dryer. Try to touch the hair as little as possible while drying.
  4. When hair is 100% dry, shape hair and tame frizz with a humidity resistant pomade.

Recommended Products:

Curly Sexy Hair’s Curl Crème is a soft cream with light hold and helps fight frizz.

Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

Finer and straighter hair types may want to do some homework on the benefits of a salon permanent wave service and how to care for curly hair.

There are so many different ways to wear all types of short hair. It may take trying a few different styles to find your signature short look. Short hair is all about confidence and personal flair, so if you do decide to go for the big cut this summer, wear your new look loud and proud!