Hairstyles for short necks

If you have a short neck, you can cut and style your hair to enhance and make your neck look longer. Hairstyles that best suit those with short necks are short styles--such as bobs and boy cuts--that are short at the nape of your neck and reach no further than the middle of your neck.

Retro Bob

This style is a retro spin on the traditional bob cut and is great for both formal events and nights out on the town. First, part your hair above your ear on one side of your head. Tuck this section behind your ear. Using a 1-inch curling iron, curl the tips of your hair outward. Use the tips of your fingers, lubricated with some hair gel, to shape the curls as they cool. Spritz the finished style with a stronghold hairspray and then, using your hands or a fine comb, smooth out the hair on the top of your head to create a nice, sleek finish.

Tousled Curls

This simple but classic and romantic hairstyle works best on hair that reaches the middle of your neck. You can wear it for formal occasions such as proms and weddings. After you wash your hair, leave it damp and create a part slightly off centre. Spritz your hair with a volumizing spray and blow dry, using a round brush to add body and texture. Once your hair is fully dry, use a 2-inch curling iron to curl the ends of the hair. Using hair clips, pin up each section of curls as you go to ensure they keep their shape while they cool. Once curls are cooled, unpin them and gently shake them out to create a tousled look. Spritz with hairspray.

Romantic Boy Cut

This cut is suited to those with very short hair, stopping at the nape of the neck. You can wear it for any occasion. Apply a small amount of smoothing cream to your damp hair and comb through. Then blow dry your hair straight and use a flat iron to touch up any areas that need extra straightening. Using the end of a rattail comb, evenly sweep the front section of your hair across your forehead to create a side-swept bang. Use a bit of smoothing cream or gel to add shine and hold.

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Based in Gatineau, Canada, Kat Walcott has been writing entertainment and informative articles since 2008. Her work has appeared in major publications including Her Campus, Equals6 and Uppercase. She holds an honors diploma in social science from Heritage College and is currently majoring in communication studies and minoring in sexuality studies.