The key to keeping short hair in check? Styling aids that keep strands in place without weighing them down. And don’t think that just because your hair is short, you can’t experiment. Whether it’s a transformative part or a pretty plait, your cut can go a long way—with the right products.

Side Swept

A deep part is both elegant and effortless—just don’t let your style fall flat. Add a volumizer before blow drying and polish off brittle ends with a little paste.

Crown Braid

Short hair doesn’t mean that braids are off-limits. A crown braid is an easy way to add glamour (bonus: it’ll keep stray strands out of your eyes) for evening. Work a flexible hair paste through hair before you start braiding to keep things secure. Finish with a light hair spray.

Modern Bouffant

Equal parts pretty and punky, this style is easier than it looks. Give the top of your ‘do a lift with a teasing brush and slick and pin sides back with a trustworthy styling cream.