Beauty Guru: Simple Steps to Style Short, Fine Hair

If you want to have great looking hair, you need to work with your hair's texture, your face shape, and your lifestyle. For me, that means finding a style that suits my baby fine hair that doesn't require a ton of time to style. It also means a short, choppy, and blond pixie style cut. If your hair is fine and your face is round, you might find that this hairstyle works great for you. Here's how to get the look.

Start with the salon. First, you need to start with a great haircut and a great color. For best results, show your stylist a picture of the look that you want. I like to have my hair very blond because the chemical process gives my hair more body, texture, and volume. I also like to have my hair cut in choppy pieces and then razored for more texture. Fine hair needs texture. You can talk to your stylist to find out if this will suit your hair, too.

Don't wash it every day. I don't wash my hair everyday unless I've been outside for an extended period of time. You can use dry shampoo in between washes. That will soak up excess oil and give it even more texture. Only condition fine hair when necessary - even light conditioners can weigh down very fine hair.

Apply Bedhead Sugar Shock Sugar Spray to damp hair. This will give your hair extra volume without weighing it down.

Blow dry with a large round brush and your fingers. Use a large round brush to blow dry any long pieces. The larger the brush, the more volume it will give you. Hold the blow dryer above your head, and aim down the hair shaft, from the roots towards the ends, to give volume without making your fine hair frizz. Use your fingers to shape any shorter pieces as you blow dry in the direction that you want them to go.

Apply pomade. Choose a pomade, such as Sebastian's Molding Mudd. Once hair is dry, emulsify a tiny bit between your hands (a little goes a very long way). Start near the roots and pull the product through your hair, towards the ends.

Twist, push, and pull. Push, pull and twist sections until they have the volume and shape you are looking for. I like to have lots of volume in the crown area, a little towards the sides, and the least amount of volume near my chin, to minimize the roundness of my face. Sometimes I like to pull the back straight out in choppy, messy, spikes, and other times, I pull it down, so it lays flatter to my head.

Spray. Nothing beats a good quality hairspray: try Vavoom by Matrix or Hard Head by Tigi Bedhead. Tease any sections that look a little flat, and spray again.

A little practice goes a long way towards making this very easy style work for you. Remember to work with your stylist to create an individual look that suits your hair texture, face shape, and lifestyle.

Amanda Furbeck is a Yahoo Shine Beauty Guru, cosmetologist, and blogger at Read more of Amanda's articles at Yahoo Shine.