8 Easy Short Hairstyles with Straightener | Helpful Tips

Ready to try easy short hairstyles with straighteners? You’re in the right place!

As a certified hair stylist, I’ve launched into the latest fashion trends, talked to all the gurus, and finally found out why straighteners give short hair a sexy look!

This guide is your shortcut to mastering those flat iron techniques – from adjusting the heat to nailing the perfect style. You’ll be all set with just your flat iron, a dash of enthusiasm, and a few minutes.

Get ready to transform your short hair game with a straightener – in 8 EASY hairstyles!

Key Takeaways

  • Flat Iron Flexibility: Dive into the styling world with just one tool – your trusty flat iron. It’s not just for straightening; think beyond! 
  • Hair Health is Key: Mastering your hair health is a simple move that guards your hair against heat damage, ensuring your style doesn’t compromise your hair’s health.
  • Creative Freedom: If in doubt, experiment! Each style offers a new way to express yourself, whether feeling classic, adventurous, or somewhere in between.

8 Easy Short Hairstyles with Straighteners | Helpful Tips

Start by prepping your hair with a heat protectant, then for crimped curls, crimp sections of hair with your flat iron for a chic look.

Braid curls are even simpler: just braid your hair, apply heat with the flat iron, and then unravel for those beautiful waves.

Skip ahead for the 1st dandy hairstyle…

1. Crimped Curl

You’ve probably seen this style with celebrities from the early 90s, like Marilyn Monroe. Their secret? Short hair!

Let’s get into it!


  1. First, detangle your hair and prep it for heat.
  2. Use heat protectant spray and dry the hair properly.
  3. Take a small section of the hair, crimp it two inches below the root, and keep the flat iron there for 5 seconds.
  4. When the hair is crimped properly, remove the flat iron.
  5. Repeat the procedure, but this time, make the crimp on the opposite side.
  6. Repeat the process throughout the hair [1].

Now, flip to my next favorite tip…

2. Braid Curls

If you are looking for a hairstyle with minimum effort, braid curls can be your go-to style.

This is one of the easiest hairstyles you can do with your flat iron.


  1. First, prepare your hair with a heat protectant.
  2. Make two sections from the middle of your head.
  3. Create two separate braids.
  4. Heat your flat iron and set the temperature.
  5. Now, hold the flat iron on your braid for up to 5 seconds.
  6. Do this through the entire braid.
  7. Finally, use some hairspray and untie the braid.

Itching to know how to curl hair? Well, skip to this video ASAP!

Next, let’s learn a new glamorous, under-appreciated style to get those head turns!

3. Crimped Waves

This hairstyle is similar to crimped curls.

But instead of crimping the hair, here we will crimp the flat iron.

This is one of the most suitable hairstyles for short hair.

It will give your short hair a kind of beach wave, which is difficult with short hair.


  1. Detangle the hair by combing it or brushing it.
  2. Prepare it by using heat protectant spray.
  3. Take a small section of your hair and place it onto your flat iron.
  4. Now, keep the iron vertically for 5 seconds and release the hair.
  5. After that, go to the lower strands of the hair and keep the iron horizontally for 5 seconds.
  6. Repeat the process one time vertically and one time horizontally until you reach the ends.

It’s hip to be messy! Let’s see why…

4. Messy Bob

A bob haircut is difficult to style as it is mostly on the shorter side.

But a messy bob will add some sass to your plain Jane bob.


  1. Prepare your hair by combing and using a heat protectant.
  2. Separate it into two sections from the middle of your head.
  3. Now, take a small section into your flat iron and twist it vertically.
  4. Do not pull the flat iron to the strands of your hair, as you do not want to curl the ends of your hair.
  5. Only flat iron up to at least two inches above your ends.
  6. Take some texture spray and spray it into your hair for some additional texture.
  7. As it is called messy bob, you do not have to do any of it in any specific order.

Ever heard of Retro? Not until you see the next one…

Check: How to Flat Iron Short Hair for Volume?

5. Retro Style

When you have shortened your hair, it is difficult to do some voluminous curls as the big-size rollers do not fit.

But do not fret. Here’s how you can go about it.


  1. Detangle your hair.
  2. Use heat-protectant hair spray.
  3. Take a small section of your hair.
  4. Place your index and middle finger near the root of your hair and roll the hair around it.
  5. You will get a hair roll, place the flat iron on the roll keep it for 5 seconds, and release it.
  6. Repeat the same process throughout the hair.
  7. Voila, there’s your perfect retro style.

Care for a picnic? Skip ahead…

6. Flipped Out Bob

As we said before, old styles are becoming trendy again. And this style is the perfect 80’s vibe.

This super simple hairstyle is suitable for summer hangouts or picnics.


  1. Brush your hair and detangle it.
  2. Use hair protectant spray to protect the hair from heat.
  3. For this hairstyle, you have to straighten the hair first.
  4. Next, go over the straight hair with the flat iron, and when you are near to the ends of your hair, flip the iron from your face.
  5. It will create a flip-out on the ends of the hair.
  6. You only have to do it near the ends of the hair.
  7. And there you have it. A perfect 80’s hairstyle!

7. Sleek Pixie Cut

Once the hair is prepped, grab your flat iron and begin the process of creating your sleek pixie cut!

For those who adore a polished look, the sleek pixie cut is a game-changer. It’s all about transforming your short hair into a smooth, sleek canvas.


  1. To start, wash your hair and apply a heat protectant.
  2. Dry your hair completely. For a pixie cut, it’s crucial to start with completely dry hair to achieve that sleek look.
  3. Set your flat iron to a medium heat setting. Remember, too much heat can damage short hair.
  4. Take small sections of your hair and slowly glide the flat iron from root to tip. The key here is to move steadily to avoid heat damage.
  5. Once straightened, use a small amount of hair serum or pomade to add shine and tame any flyaways.
  6. Style as desired, perhaps with a side part for an extra touch of elegance.

8. Textured Waves

Textured waves are perfect for adding a bit of fun and movement to your short hair.

Using a straightener, you can create tousled waves that will last for hours.


  1. Use a heat protectant spray to prep your hair.
  2. If your hair is not naturally wavy, create a rough base by drying your hair using your fingers to scrunch as it dries.
  3. Heat your flat iron to a medium setting.
  4. Take small sections of hair and twist them slightly. Clamp the flat iron down on these twists and gently pull it through to the ends.
  5. Repeat this process throughout your hair, alternating the direction of the twists for a more natural, textured look.
  6. Finish with a light mist of hairspray or a texturizing spray to hold the waves in place.

But will you look hip with short hair? Let an expert answer!

Is Short Hair Right For You? 6 Quick Checks

If you’re thinking of taking the plunge and getting a short hairstyle, it’s important to make sure it’s the right look for you.

Here are six quick checks to help you decide!

Check #1: Pen & Measure Method

Start by aligning one pen vertically from your earlobe and another horizontally under your chin. Where they cross paths, mark it. Now, bring in the tape measure.

If it’s under 2½ inches, welcome to the short hair squad! Laudi Lee puts it simply, “If it’s less than 2½ inches, you look better with short hair. [2]”

Check #2: Your Face Shape

Different face shapes require different cuts.

For example, if you have an oval face shape, you can really pull off any cut, whereas for a round face, something short and asymmetrical with a side-swept fringe is ideal. [1]

Check #3: Hair Texture

The key to making sure your new short hairdo looks fabulous is to work with your hair’s natural texture.

A short cut that exaggerates and sweetens the way your hair falls naturally will always look better than anything styled against it.

Check #4: Hair Texture Check

We all know short hair can show off texture, so if you have a natural wave or curl, it’s an ideal choice.

Check #5: Age Consideration

If you’re in your 20s & 30s, short hairstyles can look very youthful and modern – but if you’ve got gray hairs coming through, the pixie cut may not be the best idea.

Check #6: Personal Style Check

Think about your unique sense of style.

Do you like more edgy or classic looks? Do you prefer a polished or messy look? Consider each of these elements when going for short!

Ready to Take the Plunge?

Remember, switching to short hair is a journey of self-discovery. It’s about experimenting, embracing change, and sometimes, stepping out of your comfort zone.

Who knows, a stunning short hairstyle might just be what you need!

Got any questions? Then skip ahead!

Frequently Asked Questions

1. Can I use these styles on very short hair?

Absolutely! Even with very short hair, techniques like the sleek pixie or voluminous waves can be adapted to suit your hair length. 

2. How often should I use heat protectants?

It depends. Always use a heat protectant before styling with a flat iron. In fact, it’s essential for protecting your hair from heat damage.

3. Are these styles suitable for all hair types?

Yes, these styles can be adapted for different hair types. However, you may need to adjust the flat iron’s temperature based on your hair’s texture and condition.


Skimming through the easy short hairstyles with straighteners isn’t easy!

In fact, it’s not just about the style; it’s about the confidence and versatility that come with it. From the classic crimped curls to the edgy, sleek pixie, each style offers a unique way to express yourself.

And hey, the key is in the details – the right temperature, a good heat protectant, and a bit of creativity.

Whether you’re reviving the ’80s with a flipped-out bob or embracing a beachy vibe with crimped waves, these tips are your ticket to a world of styling possibilities.

So why wait? Experiment, find your favorite look, and let your short hair make a big statement!


1. Healthy Hair Every Day [Internet]. WebMD. Available from: https://www.webmd.com/beauty/keep-hair-hydrated

2. Archive VA, Twitter F on, feed G author R. I’m a style expert — this measuring trick confirms if you should have long or short hair [Internet]. 2023 [cited 2023 Nov 13]. Available from: https://nypost.com/2023/10/27/lifestyle/im-a-style-expert-this-measuring-trick-confirms-if-you-should-have-long-or-short-hair/

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