Chic styling ideas for short hair: Boho, loose waves


By Wei Yeen Loh

Chic styling ideas for short hair: Boho, loose waves

For some of us, having a shorter ‘do limits us to all the fancy updos and chignon twists that our long-haired counterparts can pull off easily. For one—we’d have to resort to clipping on temporary hair extensions for said hair looks. Not to mention, it takes a village to ace those looks if you’re keen on making ’em your signature.

But if you thought that shoulder-grazing lobs and swishy bobs only spell boring in your books, we’re about to change your mind with our new three-part video series on styling short hair with finesse. The best part? You can actually do this on your own—proven by our Buro team members who take on three different hair looks without breaking into a sweat (more here on stylling hair in a time crunch).

First up: fashion writer Stephanie Boey’s tousled ponytail with loose face-framing waves is your next ‘do for a perfect day-to-night/date night/wedding guest look. Hint: curling your locks into boho waves as such isn’t as difficult as you think it is!


1. Spritz heat protection into the hair ends then blow dry for added volume.

2. Section hair into two parts in the front, then clip the parts to the side.

3. Pull the remaining hair back into a low ponytail and loosen the hair on top with your fingers. Spritz hairspray on the top of your head to retain the teased effect.

5. Unclip the hair in front and part it in the middle.

6. Use a curling iron to curl it from the mid-section to the end—begin with curling it inwards, twist it out, then repeat for the rest of the hair length.

7. Loosen up the curls by combing and separating it with your fingers. Finish with hair spray.

8. Leaving a few loose waves in the front, pin back the rest to the sides of your head.


While curling your hair, remember to twist the curling iron inwards (towards your face) rather than outwards to give it a loose, beach-waves effect.


Videography: Chong Yi Suen

Hair: Juno Ko

Art direction and styling: Loh Wei Yeen

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