Itsy Bitsy Stylish Buns for Short Hair

Teeny buns are so fun. 

They say there are a lot of things in life you shouldn’t force, including ponytails that won’t stand a chance at staying put. We say, you can get anything you want if you really want it! If you have short hair and are dying to get your hair into a bun, we don’t see why you can’t. In today’s world, there are so many ways to either create the illusion of a hairstyle, whether via donning wigs or adding on extensions to get the look you crave for the day… logic be damned!

However, if you’re planning to work with what you’ve got, you can totally do that too. We’re calling all the short-haired gals out there that think they can’t get their bob, lob or pixie cut into a bun. The stylish buns for short hair below will prove that wherever there is a will, there definitely is a way:

5 Ideas for Teeny Buns for Short Hair

buns for short hair: braided bun
Elevate the look of your bun with a braid or two. Photo credit: Allyson Alapont

1. The Braided Bun

Whether you have neck-length hair or if your tresses fall just a tad bit shorter, you can recreate this look in your sleep (that’s if you’re a skillful hair-braider, which, after reading this, you will be.). For shine, prep hair with TRESemmé Keratin Smooth Shine Serum. Part your hair down the center and create two braids on each side. Fasten the base of your braid with a hair elastic, then comb through the ends to detangle. Twirl the ends of your hair into a bun and secure with French pins.

buns for short hair: half up bun
The trend everyone wants in on.

2. The Half-Up Bun

There’s absolutely no reason why short-haired girls can’t hop on the half-up hairstyle trend. The entire top half of your hair may not be able to be gathered into a bun, but you can create the look with the mid-section of your hair. Create a U-shaped part at the center of your hair, secure with a hair elastic, and twist the ends of your hair into a teeny bun. Secure with hair pins and lock your style in with a firm hold hairspray like TRESemmé TRES Two Freeze Hold Hairspray.

Buns for short hair: super low teeny bun
We’re having an obsession with low buns. Photo credit:

3. The Super Low Bun

The low bun style has been on our radar for quite some time. This look is perfect for work or play. Use a gel like Nexxus Extra Hold Sculpting Gel to tame flyaways, then brush your hair back towards your nape. Gather your hair into a ponytail, then loop the ends halfway through your hair elastic. Pin the ends, and you’re done!

buns for short hair: messy bun
Short, disheveled and grease-free.Photo credit: Dvora

4. Messy Short Hair Bun

Ahh, the messy bun! The perfect disheveled hairstyle for when you’re trying to create a slept-in look. Use a dry shampoo like Dove Detox+Purify Dry Shampoo to soak up any excess oil before styling. Finger comb your short locks up into a ponytail and pull it through your hair tie halfway. Pull a few pieces out to create the messy effect, or you can try your hand at our octopus bun tutorial.

Buns for short hair: the mid bun
No top knot, no problem. Photo credit:

5. The Mid-Bun for Short Hair

Depending on your hair length, it’s hard to create a top knot style buns for short hair without the help of extensions. However, you can go for the mid-bun style positioned right at the center of your head. Comb hair back, part to the side or to the middle and gather your locks into a ponytail a few inches below your crown. If you have layers, use bobby pins to pin your hair stray hairs in place. Gather your ends into a bun and secure.

Looking for more styles for short hair? Here are six easy short hair ideas to try this season. 

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