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Six easy hairstyles for long and short hair

To celebrate mum’s and women around the world, Dyson has compiled six easy hairstyles for long and short hair. Conventional stylers cost time and cause damage to strands through their reliance on extreme heat. Dyson’s hair care technology gives the ability to achieve time-efficient, easy hairstyles without compromising on hair health and shine.

Ahead, discover how to perfect short bob hairstyles and long hairstyles for older women. Alongside accomplished women, we show you how to choose a hairstyle for your hair type and the right tools to achieve it.

25 October 2022

Diagnosing your hair type

  • Hair diagnosing tool

  • Dyson’s range of hair styling tools are backed by hair science. From the structure of strands to how heat affects them, our engineers delved into how stylers really engage with hair.

    Our research has enabled Dyson’s hair tools to achieve sleek and shiny hairstyles for women without causing damage from extreme heat. They’re also inclusive of all hair types. Straight (Type 1), Wavy (Type 2), Curly (Type 3), and Coily (Type 4) types each need different levels of heat. These types also include subsections using “A, B, C” to help diagnose your exact hair type, from Type 1A to Type 4C. Hair is as unique as we are, so take a moment to try and find where your hair sits on the chart. Below, explore easy hairstyles including short hairstyles for women and hairstyles for medium hair.

The short bob

  • The French Bob

    Larry King, Dyson Global Styling Ambassador IG: @larrykinghair

  • Ideal for type 1 & 2 hair

    Approx. 14-minute style
    Achieved with the Dyson Supersonic™ hair dryer

    Sleek short bob hairstyles allow busy women to stay chic while on-the-go. Utilising sprays to build texture can enhance and transform short hairstyles for women like this. Measuring the air 40 times per second, the Supersonic™ solves how to style a short bob quickly and prevents extreme heat damage, to protect hair’s natural shine.

    How to style the short bob:

    1. Apply a texture or sea salt spray to towel dried hair.
    2. After positioning fringe scrunch sections of hair and hold the Diffuser attachment until dry. Repeat around hair until fully dry – be careful not to move the dryer until so.
    3. For short hair with bangs, finish with a spritz of spray across this section to add further texture.

The low ponytail

  • Low Ponytail

    Matthew Collins, Dyson Global Styling Ambassador IG: @matthewstylist

  • Ideal for hair types 1, 2, 3 and 4

    Approx. 16-minute style
    Achieved with the Dyson Supersonic™ hair dryer

    This hairstyle takes little effort and stays seamlessly sophisticated throughout the day. One of the most on-trend and easy hairstyles for long hair, a sleek low ponytail is appropriate for all settings. The Dyson Supersonic™ projects 13 litres of air per second, cutting your styling time down for even more efficiency.

    How to style the low ponytail:

    1. Part washed hair into four sections – and apply a moisturising product to the first part.
    2. Detangle each section using the Wide tooth comb attachment on the Supersonic™ for hair type 4, or Smoothing nozzle for all other types. Repeat until hair is dry.
    3. Set hair into the style using the cold shot function before combing hair into a sleek low ponytail with gel. Secure hair just above the neck – for a wavy ponytail, simply scrunch the loose hair when wet and apply a salt spray.

The shag haircut

  • Retro Shag Cut

    Larry King, Dyson Global Styling Ambassador IG: @larrykinghair

  • Ideal for hair types 1, 2 and 3

    Approx. 18-minute style
    Achieved with the Dyson Airwrap™ hair multi-styler

    One of the most popular hairstyles for medium hair, the shag haircut has gone through a number of evolutions since its birth in the 70s. The modern shaggy haircut combines natural looking curls with texture – you can apply as little or as much as you want of this. Using the aerodynamic power of the Coanda effect, the Airwrap™ multi-styler achieves curls in hair quickly and without causing extreme heat damage.

    How to style the Retro Shag Cut:

    1. Apply a holding cream to wet hair and use the Pre-styling dryer attachment until hair is almost dry.
    2. Section hair and begin curling with the 30mm barrel with the arrow facing away from face. Use settings on high heat with high airflow, holding each part for 15 seconds until hair is fully dry.
    3. Use the cold shot button for 5-10 seconds to hold each curl in place before releasing. Repeat throughout the hair on all sections. For a more natural look, you can alternate between the barrels with different curl directions as you go.
    4. Once all hair sections are complete, gently loosen the curls by brushing hair through with fingers, to style shag haircut with more texture, use a texture spray at the end.

Beach waves

  • Bedhead waves

    Kenza Sadoun el Glaoui, France IG: @kenzasmg

  • Ideal for hair types 1, 2 and 3

    Approx. 18-minute style
    Achieved with the Dyson Airwrap™ hair multi-styler

    This iconic style is one of the most time-efficient hairstyles for women. The key is not to aim for perfectly matched waves – instead, some differentiation helps the style to appear natural. Instead of extreme heat, the Airwrap™ multi-styler works by curving air towards it – perfectly setting hairstyles for face framing.

    How to style beach waves :

    1. Apply a holding cream to wet hair.
    2. Use the Pre-styling dryer attachment set to medium heat and medium airflow until hair is almost dry.
    3. Attach the 30mm barrel with the arrow facing away from your face. Section hair and then begin to curl pieces of each section, keeping settings at high heat and high airflow.
    4. After 15 seconds set each curl with the cold shot button before releasing.
    5. Once each section is complete, brush hair to loosen the curls.

Natural curls

  • Natural Curls

    Rachel Amy Owens, USA IG: @rachelamyowens

  • Ideal for type 4 hair

    Approx. 15-minute style
    Achieved with the Dyson supersonic™

    To stretch out natural curls and achieve that coveted blowout look, opt for a blow-dryer with precise airflow. Air Multiplier™ technology in the Supersonic™ produces a powerful jet of controlled air. This supports fast drying – allowing you to transform a simple hairstyle into something elevated.

    How to style The natural curl:

    1. Apply leave-in conditioner to wet hair and gently tease out any tangles with a wide tooth comb before separating into sections.
    2. With the tools and accessories, begin to stretch and loosen hair whilst drying.
    3. Once you’ve reached the top section, stretch hair forward to avoid flattening the shape.
    4. When hair is fully dry, use a wide tooth comb to create face framing layers – long hair may take a little more time.

The face framing layers

  • Peter Thomsen, Dyson Global Styling Ambassador IG: @pjthomsen

  • Ideal for hair types 1, 2 and 3
    Approx. 13-minute style
    Achieved with the Dyson Corrale™ hair straightener

    This simple method uses a hair straightener to create definition and flow throughout hair. One of the quickest hairstyles for long hair to short, face framing layers compliment universally. The Flexing copperplates in the Corrale™ are able to gather hair, achieving enhanced hairstyles for women and men without extreme heat, frizz or flyaways.

    How to style face framing layers:

    1. Section dry hair into manageable pieces.
    2. Section hair into manageable styling sections.
    3. Turn the Dyson Corrale™ straightener onto the desired heat setting. Once the Corrale chimes, run the straightener from roots to ends at an even pace, turning the plates inwards to create soft bends in hair.
    4. For the face-framing sections of hair, straighten downwards and twist out to create natural movement.
    5. Once hair is cool, brush to create uniform style. For the appearance of a textured haircut, use a sea salt spray at end.

Discover the Dyson hair care range

Dyson hair styling tools are engineered with innovative dyson hair technology to help you effortless style your hair with less heat. In return, this protects your hair from heat damage and allows you to have styled, healthy hair full of shine. Whether it's a hair straightener, hair dryer, or an innovative hair styler, Dyson hair products has your styling needs covered.

  • Two models using the Dyson Airwrap styler to curl hair

    Dyson Airwrap™ multi-styler and dryer

    Curl, shape, smooth and hide flyaways. With no heat damage. Now with re-engineered attachments for increased control.

  • Model using the Dyson Supersonic hair dryer

    Dyson Supersonic™ hair dryer

    Now with the new Flyaway attachment to hide flyaways for a smooth, shiny finish¹. Fast drying. No heat damage. Engineered for different hair types.

  • Model using Dyson Corrale straightener

    Dyson Corrale™ straightener

    Enhanced styling. Less hair damage.2 Cord-free.

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