Simple, Short Hairstyles You Can Do at Home for Women

Keira Knightley, here on "Late Night with Jimmy Fallon," knows how to rock a short haircut.

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You'd think that having shorter hair would make things so much easier. Hey, you've got less hair to work with, but sometimes that can actually make things feel more difficult. Especially if you're a gal who's always on the run, you need a simple style for your short hair, but one that looks chic and put together, not just a mess. That's OK, because there are some really pretty styles you can create yourself, right at home.

Loose Curls

For a loosely curled style a la Keira Knightly, it won't take you more than 15 minutes in the morning. Sounds great, right? Turn on your curling iron, and while it's heating up, apply some texturizing cream through your hair, focusing the product around the top and sides. Part your hair to one side, and pull out a section of hair from one side, just a couple inches wide. Clamp the curling iron around the middle of the section and roll it backward, away from your face, until the ends are the last to get curled. Let your hair fall out after about 5 seconds, and repeat this on the other side. Then add in random curls around the rest of your head, and finish with a generous misting of hair spray.

Spiked Style

Celebs like Carey Mulligan and singer Pink are all about the short, spiked 'do. You can keep it more subtle like Carey, or go with a full-on faux hawk like Pink, with the same product and technique. It all depends on how short your hair actually is and how much you spike it. Using hair pomade or wax is the trick, applying it onto dry hair and pulling up on your hair to spike it.

Straight Strands

Turn on your straightener, apply a thermal heat protectant onto your locks to protect them from heat damage and straighten all your hair for a smooth, sleek look. Work in sections from the bottom up if you have quite thick hair, so you don't leave any wave, and finish with some smoothing or shine serum. This style looks especially nice -- and is super simple -- on a bob or pixie cut.

Textured and Flipped

For a texturized 'do with some personality -- but which doesn't take all morning to do -- work a texture cream through your hair, part it to one side and flat iron over your hair to smooth it out a bit. Then take your curling iron and use it to flip the ends of your hair up, all around your head, for a fun, pretty texture in your hair. Finish with some shine serum for a polished look.

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