Well, I had written the post on ballroom hair and discussed short hair before having personal experience with it. I’ve had about shoulder-length hair more or less all my life, until last summer, during which I chopped it all off into a pixie. Why not, right? For dance, it’s been a mix of experimentation and struggle with regards to how to deal with it. So, here are some things I’ve tried and also some other options I have yet to attempt.
Option 1: Gel/slick it back with a comb, then a boar-bristle brush, spray the everloving crap out of it, and stick on something shiny. Use a hairdryer on hot to seal everything in place, in between layers of product. It’s relatively safe, but I run the risk of those scalp lines cause I have such thin hair. It is basically the same as a normal ballroom bun without the bun part, I suppose. Then stick on one of those stoned ornament things for ballroom. I pinned it with mini bobby pins for this comp over my side part, but found out later than I really should just glue it onto my head with WASHABLE white glue (Elmer’s, the stuff kindergarteners use for crafts). Don’t worry, it just kind of dissolves in a hot shower. Please excuse my slightly crazy facial expression.
Option 2: No gel, just lots of spraying in place. Leaves more volume, but less control. This worked for one of the days at my last competition, but then the second day, because I had not washed my hair that morning and was attempting to tame bedhead, the hair got a little wild in the back, at least by the end of the day. Ick. I think with more attention, this could have worked alright. It’s less shiny, however. Same deal with the hair ornament. You could also stone your part or put in designs manually, but I’m lazy.
Option 3: Add lots of product and texture. Waves/curls/whatever, which in this case was achieved with hair wax (TIGI Bed Head for Men Matte Separation, which I usually use every day for texture) and a small-barrel curling iron, then tons of freezing spray (I recommend Aussie, Tresemme, or got2B, and these are relevant to all of the above styles). Got a lot of compliments with this one, even though I thought it was just okay. It’ll need some more practice. Pinned-in shiny hair ornament did not stay put, and I actually had to toss it off in the middle of a round because it was just swinging around.
Other options not yet explored (personally)
Champ girl (who won) at the MAC had a cool hairdo. She had like a long pixie or short bob, I think, and slicked it all back and wrapped a wide headband with a flower on it around her whole head. It matched her dress and was surprisingly cute.
Grow out into a short bob, long enough to gel back and create a stubby ponytail, then stick on a hairpiece/fake hair. Will probably have to go this route soon-ish, as I’m planning on growing my hair out this summer.
Pin curls or something along those lines? I think you’d need a long pixie for that though.
I would loooove to try finger waves, but am incapable of doing it myself, and I think only some hairdressers have that skill.
For rhythm/Latin you could do the same styles, or just have a lighter touch of spray, because it’s fine to have your hair moving around for those dances. A spiky look could also be fun, and cool asymmetrical cuts are also popular.