When you have curly hair, you know that it’s usually easier to maintain your look when you have long hair as opposed to short hair. That’s because short haircuts require major upkeep—and that can be especially tricky when you’re dealing with curly hair. That being said, short haircuts—like pixies—can look especially beautiful when paired with a curly texture. But what if you have a short hairstyle that you’re looking to grow out? Keep your curly hair from looking awkward by following our tips for styling curly hair while growing it out.
1. Invest in Some Cute Hair Accessories
One of the easiest ways to bide the time until your curly hair has grown out of its short haircut is by using a few strategic hair accessories. Opt for giant headbands and sparkly hair clips to keep your hair out of your face and mask any pieces that might be stickup up or out. Throwing on a hair accessory is also an easy way to jazz up even the most basic of outfits.
2. Keep Bangs Out of Your Face
If you have bangs that you’re trying to grow out, keep them out of your face by pinning or slicking them back. Use one of your new hair accessories or bobby pins (more on those below!) to secure your bangs while they’re in the grow-out phase. For a chic look, create a braided headband by braiding your bangs and pinning them back.
3. Stock Up on Bobby Pins
Seriously, bobby pins are about to become your new BFF! When you’re growing out short curly hair, you’re going to want to have plenty of bobby pins on hand. That way, you can secure any sections of regrowth that are not quite to your liking as well as keep hairstyles in place. Make sure to throw a few bobby pins into your bag before leaving for the day so that you can pin your hair back later on if you need to.
4. Get Educated on Hair Styling Products
Using the right hair styling products can make all the difference in how your short curly hair looks as it grows out. Want to go smooth and sleek? Then use a hair cream, like the L’Oréal Paris BLOW DRY IT Thermal Smoother Cream, before picking up your blow-dryer. To play up your natural texture, spritz the L’Oréal Paris Advanced Hairstyle AIR DRY IT Wave Swept Spray onto damp hair, then let your hair air dry. Either way, your curly hair is sure to look beautiful!
5. Learn How to Braid
When you have curly hair, braids are some of the prettiest hairstyles you can rock—and that’s especially the case when you’re trying to grow out a short curly hairstyle. For a look that can’t be beat, read our article, 6 Heat-Free Ways to Style Curly Hair, which includes tutorials for a variety of braided hairstyles that’ll work for any hair length.
6. Keep Your Blow-Dryer Close
If you have pieces of hair that aren’t lying flat as your short curly haircut is growing out, then you may want to blow-dry your hair. Before you do that, though, make sure to apply a heat protectant, like the L’Oréal Paris Advanced Hairstyle SLEEK IT Iron Straight Heatpspray, which offers 450 degree heat protection and can be used with any heat styling tool.
7. Be Patient!
Above all, growing out short curly hair is a waiting game. Eventually, your hair will be long again—and then you can experiment with another hairstyle! Until then, follow our tips above. Once your hair has grown out, it’s time to start thinking about what your next haircut will be. If you’re still not sure of that, you’re in luck. We’re sharing the The 5 Best Haircuts for Curly Hair next. From the lob to long layers, you’re sure to find a haircut that flatters your natural texture.