Depending on how long your short style is, the type of texture you add will be different. For ultra-short pixie cuts (think Anne Hathaway), go for a smooth blow dry with lots of shine. "Shorter textures look more formal when they're shiny and smooth," Townsend says. Spritz your strands with a thermal spray like Evo Love Touch Shine Spray ($25.61) before blowing it dry with a round brush. If you want to add a bit of texture, try working in Joico Brilliantine Pomade ($21.21) for an edgier look.
If your hair is more of the long-bob variety, why not add some curl like Karlie Kloss? After spritzing on your thermal spray, work in a lightweight mousse like Toni & Guy Prep Mousse Volumising Plump ($15.99). Blow-dry your hair, then curl small sections with a half-inch curling iron in opposite directions. This will give your hair loads of movement.
Formal styles aren't exclusive to women with Rapunzel-like strands. With the right direction, you and your hairstyle will be the talk of your next Christmas party.