You know when you get a haircut, and it’s great and all, but then it starts growing in. And suddenly your hair is a little longer than you’re used to but it’s not exactly long. You don’t know what to do with it!

Basically, it’s awkward.

The good news is that with patience and helpful products, you can at least come up with few hairstyles to get you through this rough time. Here are our favorites.

Twisty Updo

Just because your hair isn’t long, doesn’t mean you can’t create a great updo. Section your hair into several three-inch sections using your fingers. The messiness of the parts add to the look! Apply a light gel or mousse to your hair to give it some hold. Flat-twist the top sections going back, and secure each section with a hair pin. Then, flat-twist the middle and bottom sections going up, and secure each section. Use a few more hair pins to pin the loose sections of hair down. Adorn the hair with a few clips for a more stylish look.

French Braids

If you want a casual hairstyle, you can’t go wrong with braids. Instead of doing one standard braid, try two French braids. Not only do I find it easier to create French braids on short hair since you’re braiding overhand instead of underhand, starting a French braid at the crown of the head also allows you to achieve a short, sexy, tousled look. Put elastics on the ends of the braids to secure them.

Slicked Back

What’s better than a sleek style that actually lends itself to short hair?! Flat iron your hair, if necessary, to make it as straight as possible. Tease the top of your hair with a teasing comb or nylon bristle brush to give it more volume; then spray the top of the hair with hairspray to give it hold. Rub a generous amount of styling gel in your hands and smooth it over your hair. Finally, comb or brush your hair to make it lay down better.

Ponytails

I think ponytails are one of the most versatile and convenient hairstyles ever! If your hair is only a few inches long, use gel to slick your hair back into a low ponytail. Gel keeps all those short hairs in place and helps your ponytail to last longer. You can also use bobby pins for that purpose. If wearing a short, little ponytail isn’t your idea of a cute hairstyle, create a ponytail in the middle of your hair; then attach a clip-on hairpiece to the ponytail to give you more length.

Headband

Whether you have a teeny weeny afro, pixie cut or short bob, when all else fails; slap a headband on your head to play up your length. Headbands come in so many styles, lengths and widths, so you’ll have no trouble finding one that looks great. I recommend creating an off-center part, and placing a narrow or double-strap headband about two inches from your hairline. If you have kinky or curly hair, create a little puff by placing a wide, tight headband just behind your ears.

Hopefully you now have some idea of what you can do with your short hair until it grows out. The best advice I can give you is to invest in some pretty hair accessories and holding products — gel, mousse, hairspray and spritz. Don’t be afraid to experiment. If you don’t like the way it turns out, wash it and try again. Just make sure to keep your hair conditioned and moisturized to help with the growing process.

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