5 Updos for Short Hair You’ve Got to Try

Updos for short hair that are perfect for shorter hair types.

Short and hair updos aren’t typically thought of as a style combo that normally goes together. For one thing, having a shorter length makes it harder to configure your hair into an updo. And then there’s the whole ‘what updos for short hair’ should you create conundrum that leaves you baffled at what updo hairstyle to try out. But we are here to tell you that there are actually some updo hairstyles for short hair that will allow you to showcase your pixie cut, bob haircut or lob in a completely different way. Ready for a change? Check out these fun (and maybe unexpected) updos for short hair that we’re sure will inspire you to test out something new.

5 New Updos for Short Hair

updos for short hair with short curls
Short-haired girls can rock curly hair. Photo credit: Suzanne Cohen Photography

1. Pinned-Back Curls

This short hairstyle adds a lot of retro romance to your look. If you have a curlier texture, add Suave Professionals Luxe Style Infusion Volumizing Soufflé Mousse to enhance your curls and volume. If your hair is more on the straighter side, add in curls by using the rag curl method or by making little pin curls. Tousle your curls so they are separated and bouncy, and finish this style by pinning back the hair on the sides of your head nice and close to give a pompadour effect.

updos for short hair in a twisted hairstyle
A dainty twist at the nape makes a world of difference. Photo credit: Dvora

2. Twisted Updo

For bobbed ladies, updos for short hair are easier to achieve when rendered with a bit of texture and/or slip. To get this twisted updo, start with damp hair and apply some of the TRESemme Keratin Smooth Serum to your hair for lightweight frizz protection. With air-dried or blown dry hair, brush your hair backwards towards your neck. Starting near your ears, take small sections and twist inwards. Almost like a French twist, keep twisting hair and adding more sections, pinning as you go. Stop when you reach the middle and repeat on the other side. If you have some strands that don’t quite make it in, you can tuck those in individually or leave ’em out for a more romantic look.

updos for short hair with a cool headband
Be party-ready in one minute flat.

3. Glam Headband

If time is of the essence but you still want to wear a cute updo, grab your favorite hair accessory: the headband. You can wear it on the top of the crown for an easy pop of shine and color. If you have a little more hair to work with, place your headband an inch or so back from your hairline and twist small sections up and around the headband for a more boho feel.

updos for short hair with space buns
Space buns add some ’90s quirk to any look.

4. Space Buns

If most updos for short hair are a bit too much, try a more casual look with double buns. This style will work best on hair that’s chin-length or longer. To start, brush hair so there are no knots and create a middle part. Arrange your hair into pigtails just above each ear and secure with a hair elastic. Using a small hair donut, loop hair through the foam in the donut, creating a bun and tuck with pins as needed (or simply create a regular bun). You may smoothen down any flyaways that try to escape with Bed Head by TIGI Headrush Shine Hairspray.

updos for short hair stacked buns
Buns that are piled one on top of the other provide a visual interest.

5. Stacked Updo

Stacked buns are just as easy as they is stunning. Starting on clean hair and your natural texture (it works great on straight and curly hair), brush your hair backwards. Create three horizontal sections. Starting with the highest section and working your way down, create a tiny messy bun. Stack the next section directly below the previous to get a pretty layered look and continue till you reach the nape.

Need more short hair styling tips? Check out these short hair braids you can do in minutes.

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