Back in July I cut around 10 inches of my hair off to donate to the Little Princess Trust. You can read all about it in my ‘Going for the chop’ post here! When my hair was long I was really lazy with it- I’d blow dry it, put a bit of sea salt spray in it and leave it at that! But since going shorter I feel like it needs a bit more attention and I wanted to get some different ideas for how I could style it! So I’ve teamed up with my hair stylist Tilly to bring you 6 styles for short hair.

This post will show the end results and provide you all with some hair inspiration! If you head over to Tilly’s Instagram page at @Tillyoctaviahair  she’ll be uploading all the video tutorials soon soon.

1. Loose Waves


This style would be my usual go to for everyday (when I don’t straighten it) or even a night out, like I said I’m pretty low maintenance when it comes to my hair! These waves were created using Cloud 9 straighteners.

2. Loose Waves Pinned Back


This is a really easy way to take a simple style and change it up a bit, through the use of a hair accessory. There’s lots of similar clips to this that can be found on the ASOS website, see here .

3. Messy Ponytail


This style is perfect for the day before you need to wash you hair! The great thing with the length my hair is at the moment is that it’s still long enough to be able to tie back which makes life a lot easier when I’m having a bad hair day. Just curl some strands at the front, tie back and add some pins to add a bit of volume, simple!

4. Dutch Braid


OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAIf you already follow Tilly on Insta you’ll know how amazing she is with braids! With short hair, I wasn’t sure if it would be possible to do anything that detailed but I was proved wrong. Look how cute this dutch braid is! Perfect for dinner and drinks or an occasion.

5. Fishtail Plait


Similar to the dutch braid, this fish tail braid is another half up half down style you can pair with loose waves to give it that boho vibe. I think this was my favourite look of them all and it’s a style I definitely need to learn to do on my own!

Hair up


Now this final style is definitely one you’ll need to keep an eye out on the tutorial for! It’s perfect for an occasion like a wedding or christening and is definitely something a bit fancier than I would normally go for. You can even put tiny flowers like the ones in the picture or maybe little daisy’s in it, to add that extra touch to it.


I’ve included a picture below of all the products and accessories used for this post


I hope you enjoyed and took some inspiration!






  1. October 28, 2017 / 11:43 am

    I love the messy pony and braids so much! You were brave going for the chop but it was such a lovely thing to do for the Little Princess Trust 💗

    • October 28, 2017 / 5:23 pm

      Thankyou! I think the messy pony is actually one of my faves, so easy to do! It was definitely worth it to know I’d done something positive for someone out there 🙂 x

  2. itsanikamay
    October 28, 2017 / 3:02 pm

    Loving the ASOS clip, so unique and looks so pretty in your hair! Lovely post 🙂

    Anika |

    • October 28, 2017 / 5:22 pm

      Thankyou Hun! X

  3. October 29, 2017 / 9:25 am

    I love all of them! That clip is gorgeous xx

  4. imogenroseblogs
    October 30, 2017 / 12:17 pm

    All of these hairstyles are SUPER cute! Love the hair clip especially! If only I had this inspo when I had really short hair years ago lol! Great post lovely xx imogen

    • October 31, 2017 / 2:16 pm

      Thankyou hun! such a small detail isn’t it but makes it look super cute! well if you ever decide to go short again you know where to look 🙂 xxx Robyn

  5. October 30, 2017 / 5:51 pm

    Your have gorgeous hair. I love the colour! And such a worthwhile cause too x.

    • October 31, 2017 / 2:17 pm

      Thankyou so much! glad you enjoyed the post, yes definitely it was the best feeling! x

  6. January 6, 2018 / 2:08 pm

    I love fishtail braids, I used to do them all the time when I had longer hair, but haven’t tried it since my hair has been a bit shorter, I think I’m going to playing with my hair a bit this afternoon! Thank you for the inspiration! 🙂 x

    • January 8, 2018 / 12:32 pm

      They look so pretty don’t they! I seriously need to learn to do them on myself! so glad you liked the post lovely xx

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