MLH: Hair Products for Thick, Short Hair

Are you thinking about cutting your hair really short, but you aren't really sure what you would do with it after? When I was considering getting my hair chopped off, I had a hard time finding tips online for styling short, thick hair. I was even considering chickening out on the hair chopping plan, because I didn't know if I could figure out what to do with it on a daily basis. Luckily, I found a video tutorial of how to do a couple different styles with my type of hair, so I went ahead and chopped.

Normal parted hair

The next step was finding the products/tools to do what I wanted… I was never a hairspray type of girl, and always wanted my long hair to look and feel very natural, so the products I had at home were things like smoothing milk, anti-frizz spray, etc. With short hair, I had to open up a whole new world of thinking about hair products, and this is what I found to work with my hair. Hopefully this list helps somebody, or gives someone the extra push they needed to go for short!

  • Controlled Chaos by Level 6. I love this stuff—it's the perfect balance of texture and softness. It gives my hair a bit of body (which I wasn't sure I needed with my thick hair, but it works). I use this almost every day. Actually, funny story, I didn't know what I was doing when I started using it… But apparently you have to actually rub it between your hands and kinda fluff it into your hair, instead of just gloop it on there. Unfortunately, you have to buy it at a fancy-ish place… It's not sold at Target, Rite-Aid, or even Mastercuts. It's $18 a bottle, but it lasted me 5 months of almost daily use.
  • Spray bottle. I wet down my hair in the morning, before I put the Controlled Chaos in it. I usually wake up with some pretty special bedhead.
  • Redken 18. This is an aerosol hairspray, and whenever I want my hair to be styledish (rather than parted and flatish) I use this stuff. Since it's aerosol, it's pretty easy to use.
  • Garnier Fructis Fiber Gum. If I want a little shaping (spikeyish, or flat and smooth bangs) I use this stuff. It's not as useful when my hair is longer, but I use it a lot more often in the first few weeks after a haircut.

Now, I've owned a straightener for a couple years, but never really used it—my hair was too long and I was too uncoordinated to do my whole head, so the few times I had my hair straightened, a friend did it. I also bought a curling iron soon after the hair chop, but I haven't really used it. I'm just too dang uncoordinated… I'm always afraid I'm going to burn myself or do weird things to my hair!

So, do you have any miracle products I should use? Can you suggest some way I can learn Hair Appliances for Dummies? On the other side, is there anything more you'd like to hear from me on this topic? I've got a stinking cute spikey hairstyle I can do when my hair's shorter, do you want to know how?

Cool spikey hair

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