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Style It On: How to do a twisted updo for short hair by Nikki Phillippi

Nikki Phillippi updo for short hair tutorial
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Our resident All Things Hair YouTuber Nikki Phillippi is back with a bang for her second Style It On challenge. If you’ve been closely following the series – and saw our fave curly-haired lady Mini Marley’s latest video – you’ll know that this month’s theme is updos. So, Nikki took it on by showing us how to create a twisted updo for short hair – which we think was a great idea, because as you probably know, short to medium-length hair can be rather tricky to style up.

Needless to say, if you often struggle to style your short hair for both fun and formal occasions, you’ve come to the right place, because once again Nikki has come to the rescue with this handy hair tutorial.

Watch her video above to learn how to create a sophisticated twisted updo for short hair, and read our step-by-step guide below for more details. Ready-set-Style It On!

How to get Nikki Phillippi’s twisted updo for short hair


Brush and prep hair.

After washing your hair, apply some VO5 Plump It Up Weightless Mousse (£3.99*) to damp hair to help inject some volume and hold when styling, as well as protect against heat damage. Then, blow-dry your hair.

Once dry, brush through your hair to remove any knots or tangles. Then, spritz your mane with some TRESemmé Instant Refresh Translucent Dry Shampoo (£3.99*) to help add grip for when you backcomb your hair later on.



Divide hair in half.

Divide your hair horizontally in half by sectioning your hair from around ear-height. Clip the top section out of the way for now.



Create a low bun.

Swirl the bottom section of your hair into a messy low bun, securing it in place with bobby pins. Remember, this doesn’t have to look neat or perfect!

Tip: If you have short to medium-length hair like Nikki, use an extra few bobby pins to help hold your short strands in place.



Backcomb hair.

After creating your low bun, let down the top section of hair that you clipped away in step 2. Lift the whole of this section up towards the ceiling, and use a teasing comb to backcomb the underneath section to help add volume.



Backcomb some more.

For even more va-va-voom, you can backcomb your hair layer by layer, just like Nikki has done! To do this, divide the top section of your hair vertically in half, and then divide those two sections horizontally, again in half. You should be left with four sections of hair. Clip the two sections closest to your face out of the way for now, then tease the underneath of the two sections closest to your bun.



Twist and wrap.

After backcombing your two sections closest to your bun, take one, and twist it, before wrapping it around your low bun. Secure it in place with some bobby pins. Then, repeat the process on the other section of hair (this time, twisting in the opposite direction).



Curl the front sections.

Now, let the front two sections of your hair down, and use a large-barrel curling wand to curl them away from your face. Then, working on one side at a time, gather most of the hair into two sections, and twist them around each other to create a simple rope braid. Pull this rope braid back and around your bun, before pinning it into place with some bobby pins. Repeat the same process on the other side.



Set with spray.

To complete your twisted updo for short hair, simply spritz some Toni&Guy Volune & Bounce Body Amplify Creation Hairspray (£7.49*) over your mane to help hold it in place.

And there you have it, a stunning, sophisticated bun that you can easily do on short hair!


If you loved this updo for short hair, don’t forget to check back for N1kk1sSecr3t‘s Style It On challenge, coming soon!

*RRPs are Unilever suggested retail prices only, it is at the discretion of the individual retailers to set the actual price.

21 September 2016