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8 Chic Updos For Short Hair

28 August 2017
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Emily Arata

Senior Editor, Hair.com

As an employee of L’Oréal, Emily works with celebrity stylists to make finding the right cut, color, or style easier than ever before. She's previously written for Allure, Elite Daily, and First We Feast.

Short-haired girls face an interesting dilemma. Chopping off scraggly, overgrown locks results in a chic style, but it also prevents you from any hair-related laziness. For formal events and workdays, your long-haired friends can just tie their strands back in a long ponytail. Unlike them, you’re forced to actually try.

Rest assured, updos for short hair do exist. Instead of being stuck with just a blowout, you’ll find there are options for even the most ambitious bobs. With a miracle-working combination of bobby pins, hairspray, and creativity, you’ll be able to craft an updo that’s just as beautiful as the ones you wore when you had long hair. 

In the market for a low bun, a braid, or a twist? Let us show you how.

Cropped Faux Chignon

Celebrities love to tell the press about the layers of fashion tape and supportive underwear that keep their gravity-defying red carpet dresses in place. This faux chignon is kind of the same idea, requiring a hidden framework to hold your updo in place.

Start by backcombing your hair at the crown, adding hairspray to hold your teased bump in place. Once you’ve smoothed the section, gather the top half of your hair into a half ponytail. Be sure the hair elastic sits low on your head, rather than right at the crown. 

For your final step, take sections from the bottom half of your head and tuck them above your hair elastic. Pin so that they don’t move, then finish with a healthy dose of hairspray.

Knotted Low Bun

Here’s a style you can replicate in less than 10 minutes while finishing a TV episode and wearing sweatpants. If you can’t get yourself motivated to budge from the couch, don’t even worry about it. 

As with all updos, you have the option to add as much volume as you’d like to this style by teasing your crown. Then, use a hair elastic to create a low ponytail. For this look, you’ll want an inch or so of tail to work with. Divide your ponytail in two, then create one knot. Tuck your ends in and pin them, then spritz the style with hair spray.

Tucked French Braid Updo

Many updos feel a little prescriptive—you’d never wear a French twist to a casual night out, for example. That’s why we love this tucked French braid updo so much. It’s simple and doesn’t require any skill beyond braiding. Plus, it’s both wedding and grocery store appropriate.

Start a tight French braid at the back of your head, braiding down until you reach the nape of your neck. Tie off the plait with an elastic, then pancake the braid until it’s loose and romantic-looking. If you’d like to pull out face-framing pieces for a breezy take on the braid, we’re all for it. Tuck the end of the braid up and in, hiding it from sight, then pin it securely.

Twisted Half Ponytail with Bow

If you have to find a way to dress up short hair, don’t get yourself in a twist. Instead, get your hair in a twist with this half-up style. It’s a whimsical take on the half ponytail, one that only requires a few minutes of your time and a length of pretty ribbon.

After teasing at your crown, pull a medium-size strand from above either ear and draw them back to meet behind your head. After tying them with a no-show elastic, twist the entire half ponytail up and around itself. This will create a feminine twist in both the strands. Finish the look with a bow in a shade of your choice

Fancy Half Top Knot with Cuff

The half top knot is a style that seems specifically designed for second-day hair. It minimizes the look of oily roots while still enabling you to show off the lived-in texture that’s so in demand at the moment. 

Divide your hair into two halves, smoothing the top into a bun that sits directly at the crown of your head. Using a hair elastic, create a ponytail with your first loop. On your second, pull the tail halfway through the elastic. Pin your loop into a bun shape, wrapping and pinning the ends to create a top knot shape. For your final touch, add a metal bun cuff to hide your hairband and dress up the style.

Bun with Headband Braid

Headband braids are our go-to look, particularly on short hair, because they’re a sophisticated way to keep hair out of our eyes. For this style, you’ll want to start with a deep side part. Pull three strands from your hairline and begin French or Dutch braiding away from the part. 

Once you’ve reached your other temple, either pin the hair or create a standard braid. You’ll want to tuck the pins into your hair, creating the illusion of a headband. After creating volume at your crown, follow one of our tutorials for a knotted bun or chignon.

Triple Rosette Bun

We unofficially call this style “the easiest updo in the world,” and you’ll soon see why. Teasing your hair at the crown for added volume, loosely divide your hair into three even, vertical sections at the back of your head and tie them off just above your neck.

This is the fun part. Twirl each tail, one at a time, until it makes a bun shape. Pin it in place, then move on to the next section. You’re aiming for rosettes, so don’t forget to fluff your buns into a shape that’s floral-inspired. To finish the style, seal it with hairspray

Dressed-Up Hot Roller Curls

Here’s a blast from the past: hot rollers are back in style. If you’re interested in buying a set (or never gave yours away), we love the volume and bounce they give short hair. Roll strands away from your face for maximum lift. 

Once you’ve taken your rollers out, let them cool and then set them with a misting of hairspray. Run your fingers through them to break up ringlets, creating a look that’s both modern and lovely. To finish, twist back one side of your hair and pin it with a matte metal hair comb. Past, meet future.

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