Styling Short Hair, Part 1

| Jul 21, 2008
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Caveat: Please skip this article if you have male pattern baldness as exhibited on the Hamilton-Norwood Scale.

A short, feminine hair style is one of the keys to a successful modern look. There are many short wig styles available, but none of them match the versatility you get when styling your own hair. Wearing your own hair adds to your passability, freedom of expression, and confidence. Most people can spot a wig a mile away and while you can buy nice lace-front wigs that allow you to show a natural-looking hairline, attaching them to your head and concealing the cap by blending it to your skin tone are often tricky and prone to error. Nothing beats showing your own natural hairline. Even if your hairline isn’t perfect, there are ways to conceal the problem.

I recommend growing your hair and getting something along the lines of a pixie cut, a very androgynous, unisex hairstyle that looks good on both men and women. The pixie cut is a short layered haircut that is choppy and unabashedly messy. Your face is emphasized with this cut, so you should feel good about your skin and your features if you’re going to try this style.


The pixie cut has a lot of short, different length pieces, avoiding blunt, even pieces. The main feature is close-cropped layers that frame the face, short and close around the ears and back of the neck. I prefer my variant of the pixie cut to have longer sides where my side hair reaches the bottom of my earlobe, almost like a short bob. When you want to be a boy or just look like one, sweep the side hair behind your ears. You can let your bangs grow to about eye level for a really versatile addition to your styling repertoire.

The pixie cut must be maintained on a monthly basis. You could also start off with a pixie cut and just let it grow from there to see how long your hair can grow before it starts feeling heavy. When hair starts feeling heavy and no longer responds well to styling products, then you know it’s time to get another haircut.

photo2.jpg Place a dollop of pomade on your palm and rub it in between your hands until it dissolves and your hands are coated with the waxy product. Starting from the neck and moving upward, run your fingers through your hair, clench your fingers closed, and sweep outward. This will distribute the pomade evenly on your hair.
photo3.jpg Concentrate a little more pomade towards the top of your head by sweeping through the area twice. Keep running your fingers through your hair in the manner described above. Your hair will stand on end giving the illusion of fullness.
photo4.jpg Lift up your hair with your fingers from the root to the tip. This will distribute pomade along the length of each hair. Do this with all the hair on your crown and the back of your head.
photo5.jpg You will need not just one, but at least three dollops of pomade to keep a hair style in place. I recommend two runs through your hair with a dollop of pomade each, spray your hair with hair spray to hold the style, and run through your hair once more with a final dollop of pomade to seal the look.
photo6.jpg Using a hand mirror or other mirror to reflect your image off your main mirror, examine the side and back of your head to see if any hair is out of place. Correct it if necessary. Shape your hair any way you want. Some hair might look good standing straight out or curving upward. Other hair might look better tame or curving downward.
photo7.jpg Check your hair style from all different angles. A good hair style flows from top to bottom. Because you are working with much less hair than most long wigs have, every hair on your head has to be in the right place.
photo8.jpg I like to emphasize my part. I never go for a straight-line part because that looks too pedestrian. Instead, I create a unique zipzag part for every hair style. This is just one of the ways wearing your own hair can express your individuality.
photo9.jpg Check the angle of your face away from the part to make sure everything looks good. Don’t go for a center part! Go for a part off to one side, but never part exactly where your temples are. Part slightly away from the temple, towards the center. Use your hair to cover up the temples.
photo10.jpg Voila! With some pomade and hairspray, we’ve created a really sassy hair style. Over the course of the night, your hair might flop a bit from humidity so don’t be afraid to take a bathroom break and fix the floppiness.

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Question: If I have thinning hair, should I get hair weaves?

At one time, hair weaves were all the rage to me, but the more I read about them and the more pictures I see of women who have worn hair weaves for the better part of their lives, the less I am inclined to recommend them. Look at poor Naomi Campbell, one-time supermodel of the world, losing her hair from traction alopecia. It’s a shame. I always wondered why each of the four times I got hair weaves, it was always so stressful on my hair and I always wondered about the long-term detrimental effects of hair weaves.

Question: Can I learn about hair and makeup quickly?

Every woman learns the bulk of her makeup and hair styling knowledge over the course of her lifetime through daily practice. Most tgirls don’t have this luxury, so they can benefit from makeovers, books and videos, or one-on-one instruction. As a reader of my writings, I expect you to be a cut above the average tgirl. You are motivated enough to learn the techniques that will take your look to a whole new level. Whether you be a reader, student, or disciple, I hope you will learn something from my writings and add something to your makeup and style repertoire.

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I've been active in the transgender community since 1991 and living as a full-time woman since 2010. My books are internationally recognized as some of the best makeup and transformation books for male-to-female crossdressers and transsexuals. Each book is chock full of good information and some have stories that will inspire you to be the best woman that you can be. More than just makeup and transformation books, they are sources of inspiration and portals into my life as a transgender woman. Over 3,000 women just like you have learned from these books, many of whom have gone on to become beautiful, passable, and successful in whatever they do!

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