Best Short Haircuts for Summer 2018

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Life’s too short to not attempt short hair at least once. While opting for a major chop might be a bit nerve-wracking to think about it, there are so many stylish short haircuts—from pixies to bobs to lobs to undercuts to buzzed cuts— to choose from that you can work with your hairstylist to pick one that’s sure to be feature-flattering. (Plus, if you don’t totally love it, it’ll always grow out!) Going short is a perfect way to help keep cool during the hot summer months, while also being super-stylish. Long story short: There’s never been a better time to try a cropped haircut. The only thing standing in your way is determining which hairstyle is best for you. To help you make up your mind, here we introduce you to the 10 best short haircuts for summer 2018 for a beauty look that’s sure to make a lasting impression.

Short Haircut #1: Piece-y Fringe Pixie

Differentiate your ultra-short pixie by adding bangs—the piecier, the better.

Follow these simple steps to style your short haircut: 

Step 1: Use a wave spay

Spritz some of the L’Oréal Paris Advanced Hairstyle AIR DRY IT Wave Swept Spray into damp hair to help give your pixie a little extra texture for your piecey look.

Step 2: Add matte texture

On dry stands, use a texturizer with a matte finish to accentuate the piece-y cut of your fringe.

Short Haircut #2: Spiked Pixie

Put a punk rock spin on your short hair by messily spiking strands.

Follow these simple steps to style your short haircut: 

Step 1: Comb

Gently pull a comb through damp tresses, removing any tangles.

Step 2: Work a hair pomade through hair

With a small amount of hair pomade on your fingers, apply the product from root to tip using a combing motion. Run fingers towards the back of your head, pulling upwards to form spikes.

Step 3: Finish with hair gel

For maximum shine, apply a dime-size amount of the L’Oréal Paris Advanced Hairstyle LOCK IT Extreme Style Gel, focusing on just the ends of strands. For more uniform spikes, use a fine tooth comb to guide the gel through your hair.

Short Haircut #3: Sleek Pixie

If you have naturally straight hair, ask your stylist to keep short hairs cropped on the longer side for even easier styling.

Follow these simple steps to style your short haircut:

Step 1: Use a smoothing system of shampoo and conditioner

Wash your hair with the L’Oréal Paris EverPure Frizz-Defy Shampoo, followed by the L’Oréal Paris EverPure Frizz-Defy Conditioner.

Step 2: Spray on heat protectant

Spritz towel-dried hair with the L’Oréal Paris Advanced Hairstyle SLEEK IT Iron Straight HeatSpray.

Step 3: Flat iron

After air drying the rest of the way or giving strands a quick blast from the blow-dryer, run a hair straightener through your mane. Work in sections to get each piece seriously straight.

Step 4: Lock in place with hair spray

Once hair looks super-smooth, finish off your style with the L’Oréal Paris Elnett Precious Oil Satin Hairspray.

Short Haircut #4: Layered Bob

Make a trip to the salon and have layers of varying lengths added to your bob, going from mid-ear to your chin. Layers will help your hair dry with effortless natural texture. Who doesn’t want that?

Follow these simple steps to style your short haircut:

Step 1: Spray on a wave creator

Use a wave spray to help give hair carefree, undone waves for a sultry, (un)dressed look. Concentrate spraying at the roots for added lift.

Step 2: Enjoy!

Part of the fun of letting loose and saying no to uptight styles is that you styling your hair is as easy as a few spritzes from a single product. No further work necessary!

Short Haircut #5: Asymmetrical Bob

Lopsided isn’t typically the first word you think of when describing what great hair looks like, but an asymmetrical bob is an unexpected update on a classic cut. Leave hair longer on one side, with side bangs sweeping over.

Follow these simple steps to style your short haircut:

Step 1: Brush out

That’s a no brainer, right? Just wait until tresses are dry to brush through; wet hair is more fragile, so it’s more prone to breakage.

Step 2: Use a hair serum

Coat hair with a shine-enhancing hair serum.

Step 3: Braid bangs

While short hairstyles don’t often allow for braiding, when combined with side bangs, an asymmetrical haircut will have just enough length to add interest with a braid. Use a French braid to work your bangs into the rest of your hair, holding the end in place with a bobby pin.

Short Haircut #6: Blunt Bob

A harsh hairstyle may not be right for everyone, but a blunt cut can be totally flattering, especially for fine hair. Pair with blunt bangs for extra severity.

Follow these simple steps to style your short haircut:

Step 1: Smooth on an anti-frizz hair cream

 On damp hair, apply the L’Oréal Paris Advanced Hairstyle SLEEK IT Frizz Vanisher Cream.

Step 2: Blow-dry

With a blow-dryer and a round brush, pull strands straight to accentuate your blunt cut.

Step 3: Add shine

Don’t let your hair fall flat! Spray on the a shine-enhancing hair spray for added shine and hold.

Short Haircut #7: Choppy Lob

Add interest to your hair by getting hair cropped into a choppy style. Short hair can sometimes be considered matronly, but there’s nothing aging about this cut.

Follow these simple steps to style your short haircut:

Step 1: Apply hair mousse

Dispense an egg-size amount of the L’Oréal Paris Advanced Hairstyle BOOST IT Volume Inject Mousse into your palm. Work the product evenly through damp hair.

Step 2: Pull the top layer of hair into a high bun

Take about a third of your hair and create a top knot. Use a clear elastic to hold the small bun in place.

Short Haircut #8: Angled Lob

Work your angles with a lob that starts shorter in the back and gradually becomes longer towards the front. Opt for a slanted hairstyle if you have a round face shape, as the angles will distract from a fuller face.

Follow these simple steps to style your short haircut:

Step 1: Use heat protectant

Apply a light, even layer of heat protectant.

Step 2: Blow-dry

Dry hair completely with a blow-dryer.

Step 3: Flat iron

Straighten strand by strand to get hair perfectly straight. At the ends, pull the straightener forward to help angle the pieces.

Short Haircut #9: Undercut

If you’re not ready to make the jump to totally bald, shave just a portion of your head. Leave the rest of your strands longer to balance things out.

Follow these simple steps to style your short haircut:

Step 1: Use heat protectant

Prep hair with the L’Oréal Paris Advanced Hairstyle BLOW DRY IT Quick Dry Primer Spray.

Step 2: Blow-dry

Use a round brush to help create volume at the roots. With the brush, pull strands towards the shaved portion of your head for a more secretive style, or away to create extra drama.

Step 3: Apply SPF and throw on a hat

Help protect your scalp from the sun by applying a broad-spectrum sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or higher—and pack a broad-brimmed hat with you as well if you know you’re going to be spending an extended amount of time in the sun.

Short Haircut #10: Bare

It may take a bit of bravery to go completely bare, but you’d be hard pressed to find a style that’s more of a statement maker.

Follow these simple steps to care for your short haircut:

Step 1: Cleanse and condition

Even the shortest of strands (you’ll still have teeny tiny hairs) need basic care. Cleanse and condition with the L’Oréal Paris EverPure Moisture Shampoo and L’Oréal Paris EverPure Moisture Conditioner.

Step 2: Moisturize

While you won’t have any use for hair styling products, your skin care routine may end up being extra handy. When your scalp starts to feel a little dry, use a light moisturizer to hydrate.

And there you have it, the 10 best short haircuts for summer. Which will you choose? To help make the decision a bit easier, check out our article, 5 Short Hairstyling and Hair Care Tips to Get You Ready for a New Haircut.

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