From Black Voices — Cutting the hair was the easy part. Now, you have just a few inches of hair left and even fewer clues to keep it beautiful. Luckily, Maisha Oliver has got you covered. She’s styled the short tresses of Meghan GoodKelis and Keri Hilson, so she knows from experience how much fun it can get. With her five maintenance steps, your short ‘do will look just like her famous clients’:
red-carpet ready each and every time.

STEP ONE: Retail therapy — sort of.

“Your first stop should be at the beauty supply store to buy the [right] styling tools,” Maisha says. Ideally, you should have a blow dryer (with a diffuser for curly styles and natural hair), a flat iron and a curling iron that’s between 1/4th and 1/8th of an inch. Maisha likes the BaByliss line (varying prices, babyliss.co.uk).

Keep in mind: Be careful with hot styling tools! You’ll be using them more often than normal, which can lead to hair breakage if you’re not careful. Maisha recommendsMizani Thermastrength Style Serum ($19.99, beautyofnewyork.com) to protect your strands from the heat.

STEP TWO: Play with it.

You can look for style inspiration in magazines and BV Hair Talk, but you’ll need to get re-acquainted with your hair to make those inspirations a reality. Cutting your hair was a major styling change that will take some time getting used to. According to Maisha, the best way to do this is to whip out the styling tools and just go. “You need to take a weekend to play with your hair and experiment, just so you can really learn how to maintain the hair and create a couple of hairstyles,” she says.

Styling tip: When it comes to versatility, it’s all up to you. “You can add color extensions. You can add extensions to make it longer. You can play around with the bangs… make it creative,” Maisha says. For an edgy look in a hurry, use d:fi d:struct pliable molding creme ($12, amazon.com) to slick the sides, then wrap the strands in the middle of your hair with a curling iron.

(Continue Reading @ Black Voices…)

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