Have you ever struggled to learn some updos for short hair? With so many gorgeous updo ideas available online, the strong majority are for long hair. This can be maddening for short-haired beauties, who deserve to have some hairstyle versatility just as much! Fortunately, there are plenty updos for short hair – they just take a bit more effort and, in some cases, a lot more hair pins.
Fun and Lovely Updos for Short Hair
Check out these 60 images with brilliant ideas below when you’re looking for some seriously gorgeous short hair inspiration.
#1: Romantic Updo for Bob Length
This beautiful, elegant ‘do can be achieved on short, straight hair. Of course, it can look lovely on curly hair, too. If your hair is straight, style it into springy curls, using a curling iron. Slightly backcomb on the crown. Sweep hair into a deep side part and then grab random sections and pin into place at the nape of the neck and above. Curl any wisps or strands that do not make it into the gathered pin.
#2: Side Braid with Low Curly Bun
This updo has flair of a formal hairstyle but it can be used as a casual updo as well if you use less product and more of a messy texture. The tutorial is simple: braid a headband, starting from your side part, backcomb the crown section and pin the ends of your locks at the nape in a sort of a pretty bun. If your hair is straight, you will want to curl the ends before you pull them back.
#3: Pretty Simple Knot at the Nape
Again using the tricks of backcombing and tucking, this ‘do makes hair seem much thicker and longer than it really is. Add in a few curls with an iron to soften up the look.
#4: Sweet Knotted Updo
Like the three-bun twist, this hairstyle has the same idea, but takes things a bit more casual. Divide the hair into three low ponytails and then twist each section until the hair is twisted tightly enough to collapse upon itself. Pin in place and spray with setting spray.
#5: Three Twisted Buns
This hairstyle is often found in tutorials for long locks, but actually it looks and works better on shoulder-length hair! Simply pull the hair into three low ponytails and then twist into buns. Secure with pins and “push up” on the buns to get some back volume. Don’t worry about any tousled strands – this hairstyle can’t really be screwed up.
#6: Easy Tucked Updo
For this style, all you need to do is to section off the top layer of hair above the ears and secure it with a clear hair elastic. Gather the rest of the hair into a low ponytail, and then pass the end of the lower pony through the centre of the top section above the elastic. Pin it in place and you’re done!
#7: Holiday Updo for Short Hair
Easy and extremely pretty on short hair, this sweet holiday look will work best on thin straight hair. Twist a center section, spray and secure. Repeat and tuck to finish off this style.
#8: Messy and Curly Tie-Up
This simple and casual updo is quick and easy DIY hairstyle for work or a date. It’s one of the updos for short hair which prove it doesn’t take much to turn your hair into a spectacular mess: some curls, a bit of hairspray and well-placed pins!
#9: The Knot Hawk
This is one of the easiest hairstyles for short hair, although it comes out as one of the most intricate-looking. To achieve this look, just tie knots in your hair! Work your way as far down as you can go and then tuck the ends in with bobby pins.
#10: Fancy Updo with High Shine Finish
Lovely and intricate, this hairstyle takes a bit of practice but looks really gorgeous as an updo for formal occasions. Try it on the second day locks for greater control and ease of style.
#11: Wavy Vintage Updo
This short hair updo can be used as an elegant wedding hairstyle. The trick for obtaining this classy look is the skillful pinning of loosely curled locks. The teasing and highlights create fabulous volume and dimension.
#12: Braided Side Bun
Here is a cute and simple short hair updo you can do yourself. If you know how to French braid, you’ll cope with the task. Don’t forget to drape the face-framing locks on one side and feed them into your messy side bun.
#13: Elegant Formal Updo
Here’s a great updo idea for hair that falls above the shoulders. Use a curling iron to curl all your locks. Add a bit of hairspray for texture. Pin the front strands out of the way, and bring up some of the bottom strands, too.
#14: Tucked Updo for Short Hair
Another retro updo for short hair is gorgeous on platinum blonds or other extreme colors. You’ll want straight, day-old hair for this one, or else it might turn into a tangled, complicated stress of tresses.
#15: Quirky Pineapple Hairstyle
Creating an intricate-looking updo hairstyle is a great way to add dimension and style to short hair. This cute sassy updo is a combination of twists and loops with ends sticking out playfully, like pineapple leaves.
#16: Spectacular Side Hair Bows
These spectacular-looking hair bows are super elegant, classy, and creative. It’s a row of flipped ponytails which feed into one another. If your hair color features a mixture of slightly lighter or darker undertones, the updo will look even more spectacular.
#17: Dutch Braid Updo for Short Hair
Braid a dutch braid – which is just an inside out French braid. When you reach the ends of your locks, you’ll need to hide the tail. Tuck it under the braid and pin with a few bobby pins. Add some pretty side bangs or loosely curled hair strands to soften up the look.
#18: French Twist in a Roll
Here’s a variation on the classic French twist, this style is also called a French roll. You can easily do it if your hair is short to medium (just not if it’s really short). Adding an eye-catching detail such as the jeweled hair clip in the photo can also make it a great wedding or prom hairstyle.
#19: Textured French Twist
A creative, modern adaptation of a childhood favorite, French twists are alive and well for grown-up girls looking for something fancy. Maybe you haven’t sported such updo hair styles for short hair since your flower girl days – but now’s the time to try a French twist again with an updated look.
#20: Messy Knots and Side Undercut
As you can see, this is a lovely style to complement some of more unconventional personal touches, such as little back-of-the-neck tattoos and so on. To compose this creative and cute look, you need to use a lot of bobby pins and make the knots deliberately sloppy. The styling steps are so evident – no how-to instructions are needed.
#21: Old Hollywood Updo for Short Hair
Inspired by the 40s fashion, this twisted and pinned updo is an alternative of a bun for hair that lacks length. It’s a pretty look that is both simple and messy, but still very visually captivating.
#22: Low Bun for Short Hair
One of the easy updos for short hair is this cute little bun, enchanting and elegant. The hair around the crown is teased for an extra body, and the bottom hair is loosely twisted into a soft round bun, while the bangs are slightly curled to bring a playful element into the finished look.
#23: Messy Updo with Asymmetrical Braid
Here’s a very cool and playful updo, where the hair is divided into two sections. The smaller section is loose and tousled. The bigger section is braided and adorned with small decorative hairclips. The idea of this style is to marry trendy with messy and create an outstanding pattern and structure while keeping the hair out of the face.
#24: Curly Updo with Flower Accents
Look for formal hairstyles but don’t want a sleek look? Well, the beauty of this updo lies in its organized haphazardness. The highlighted bits are curled and wrapped around each other, then pinned with pretty flowers at an angle. Who needs a hat when there are flowers?
#25: Braided Faux Hawk
Finding cute hairstyles for short hair can be tricky, but creativity of hair enthusiasts knows no limits. This hairdo is a modern take on the braided Mohawk. When you don’t have enough length for a common Mohawk braid, make it from topsy tails. These don’t need long strands and can be linked together creating a cute voluminous braid that normally needs a decent length.
#26: Pastel Pink Chignon
There are enough wow characteristics to this casual and elegant low bun to give us major hair envy. A few wispy strands support the chic disheveled appeal and flatter the style. The color is a warm pastel pink with varied hues—a blend that makes the gold of the clip dazzle even more.
#27: Messy Pinned Updo for Short Hair
It is the texture of this hairstyle that makes it so memorable. The gorgeous crumpled mess is weightlessly floating in the back in its curly glory and sweet liberation. The unruly wispy curls add plenty of dimension to this great twist on the old classic curly updo making it ooze sexy and glamorous vibes.
#28: Messy Hair with Braided Accents
It isn’t easy to find classy short hair updos, but this triple braided updo hairstyle is perfect for using all your hair and still be able to create a soft, feminine and classy look—and if you know how to braid, twist and pin, it’s a breeze!
#29: Artfully Disheveled Updo for Short Hair
This hairstyle is fairly easy to make with hair that is short, and it always looks wonderful. The strands are casually rolled into a beautiful messy undone updo, with a few pieces going their own way and falling out of the sides while looking absolutely careless. Such cute hairdos are rather easy and adorable for any occasion.
#30: Seductive Messy Bun for Short Hair
You don’t need too intricate ways to style your hair to look spectacular and seductive. Sometimes a little twist can do the trick! The short hair is loosely gathered, rolled and pinned at the nape, and a lot of loose strands are left to their own devices and allowed to play around the face. The subtle pink highlights add even more dimension to this look and visually emphasize the diversity of hues aptly blended for this cute shorter mane.
#31: Loopy Faux Braid Updo
Easy hairstyles for short hair can look classic and very French too! The delicate loose braid is a fun and sweet take on the classic French roll. First tease the roots to create poufy and voluminous hair. Loop the shorter pieces around each other and pin in place hiding the ends and creating an illusion of a continuous messy braid.
#32: Two-Toned French Roll
The classic French roll is created with a much shorter length than the one needed for this elegant updo. Tease the roots to gain a nice lift that will be visible in the front and back. Even a classic hairstyle can look like a creative updo with the right approach and custom hair color.
#33: Bohemian Updo for Short Hair
Such a cool take on the Boho hairstyle! It is one of those looks that are contemporary, yet full of vigor and fresh intensity. The hair is braided into simple braids, rolled up and pinned neatly at the base of the neck. This is great for the beach, going to the movies or lounging next to the pool.
#34: Edgy Braided Mohawk
Braided hairdos for short hair are incredibly edgy. This fun plaited Mohawk updo is completed by incorporating tight Dutch braids on the sides and a tall French braid down the centre. Secure everything at the nape of the neck with bobby pins.
#35: Blonde Messy Updo for Short Hair
Use a messy braid lost somewhere between tousled waves to create an updo that is not demanding to your short hair length. The textured strands are allowed to stick out from the hairline, crown and the bun. The flower headband is a charming, beautiful and eye-catching accent.
#36: Viking Inspired Braided Updo
This is not quite an updo, but it looks and feels similar, and it’s also extremely quick and easy. You can create it by parting your hair on any side and plaiting the top section all the way to the ends forming a sort of faux hawk, only shifted to one side.
#37: Fluorescent Pompadour with Waterfall Braid
This funky, carefully sculpted and structured look, inspired by the famous pompadour, is a really wild updo for short hair. The top section is backcombed, smoothed, rolled and pinned creating a surfer’s dream wave. The sides are plaited into a single waterfall braid and the nape is buzzed in quite an artsy style. A finishing coat of hairspray is a must to create a sleek, smooth finish with maximum hold.
#38: Low Peasant Braid
To achieve this drop dead gorgeous low hanging peasant look, braid across the back, each time picking up new pieces of hair and incorporating them into the plait. Pin in place where needed to prevent the braid from unraveling.
#39: Loose Twist for Short Hair
This is a quick and exciting updo with a lot of character for short hair. Girls with a bob length can definitely pull it off. Play with twists trying to achieve a sensually undone feel. The blonde twist is a great hairstyle for a fun and relaxing walk in the park.
#40: Back to Front Twists and Twist Out
Updos for short hair can be refreshed at any given moment. Simple twists are a great way to protect African American natural curls while still giving an edgy, funky appearance to the look. So, twist tightly, twist out and rock on!
#41: Top Knot for Short Hair
Sometimes the right solution for short locks is just something super simple and lovely. Pull your hair into a high ponytail, gathering it with your fingers, and then loop the hair elastic only halfway through on the final pull through. Spread it out with your fingers to form a messy bun, and you’re good to go.
#42: Braided Pony for Shorter Hair
Again taking a cue from the modern messy hair style department, French braid either one or both sides of your hair and pull everything into a low ponytail. Your hair will look even more gorgeous if you have highlights or other multi-faceted hair color accents – the braids will really show them off.
#43: Volumized Ponytail
When you’re looking for a quick and simple updo, grab the hairspray. Utilize some light backcombing, spraying and pinning down in strategic spots. Hair that is shorter than shoulder length can still look creatively gorgeous!
#44: Faux Updo for Short Hair
Hair accessories can seriously add so much fun to short hair. In this instance, a satin scarf is the focal point. Pinning your hair up and wrapping it with a scarf, top knotting and spraying with setting spray is a great way to get a quick, glamorous look that is perfect for both a night out and a day catching up on chores at home.
#45: Gorgeous Workout Updo
Updos are not always for fancy occasions – you can rock them at the gym, too. French braid the sides and pin together in the back for hair that is up and out of the way without being in a humdrum ponytail.
#46: Top Knot Sock Bun
Sock buns are incredibly popular, but can be tricky for short hair. The best method is not to stress about perfectly sleek, held-together locks. Instead, embrace the “messy” method, as it adds both modern style and needed volume to short, straight hair.
#47: Volume-Boost Ponytail
Short locks always need that extra boost of volume, even if your hair is thick. Divide your hair into three sections, creating a low ponytail with the center one. Pull it tight, pin and layer the side sections on top, securing with bobby pins.
#48: Short Messy Updo with Headband Braid
This lovely ‘do looks better on lighter hair, as you can see, but if you really like it, then don’t let your black hair hold you back, just get it. It’s ideal for a short bob. Start with a braided section that runs from your side parting to the other side. Style some large curls with a straightener, tousle them and set with hair spray. It’s one of the coolest updo styles for slightly longer hair. It can work both as a casual hairstyle for work or a formal ‘do for a special occasion.
#49: Top Knot for Short or Thin Hair
Teasing the hair at the top of your head can add volume, too. This messy look is actually quite glamorous, while still casual enough for a day on the beach. The trick is not to worry about perfection – let hair lay where it likes, spraying and pinning into the natural curves and swoops of your locks.
#50: Twist and Pin Messy Updo
How’s this for simple? Twist and pin – that’s it! There’s no rhyme or reason to this hairstyle, just make it your own and get on with your day.
#51: The Triple Twist Updo for Short Hair
Sometimes the best hairstyles come by accident, which is how the triple twist updo for short hair was created. Pull, swoop and pin – don’t stick to a particular pattern or direction – just go wild, spraying and securing as you go.
#52: Messy Top Knot Updo for Short Hair
When warm weather hits, short-haired girls are looking for creative ways to get hair up and out of the way. With this style, a high ponytail is transformed into a messy top knot that is romantically simple and completely beautiful.
#53: Twisted Updo for Short Hair
As simple as can be, all you need for this hairstyle is damp, short hair and a bit of time on your hands. Brush the hair straight back and grab a small front section. Twist toward the back of the head and secure with a hairpin. Repeat all around the crown of the head, brushing the remaining back strands to the side.
#54: Easy Boho Updo with a Side Twist
Boho updos are really popular this year, and when you’re ready to hit the beach or any other summer vacation destination, you’ll love this look. It will work best on straight hair, but also tends to look rather incredible on curly-headed ladies, too.
#55: Triple Twist Textured Updo
Pull it back, twist it up – however you choose to style it, twisted updos are lovely and easier than they look. Hair that’s highlighted, ombre, etc. will look exceptionally beautiful in this updo, as colors are showcased so nicely.
#56: Cute Side Braid with Curly Bangs
This pretty look manages to be elegant, messy and relaxed at the same time, which makes it one of the best updos for short hair you could possibly get. It’s fancy enough to be worn at a formal event, but also cute to simply wear it on a casual night out with friends. For this style, you need a tapered haircut with longer layered strands on the top. When styling, get a horizontal braided section that will divide the straight lower strands and messy curls on the top.
#57: Simple French Twist with a Flower
Although this hair-to-hair updo is not for very short hair, it definitely looks close to a proper elaborate bun made with longer locks. The flower insert on the side gives it a touch of distinction and class ideal for wearing it with an elegant dress.
#58: Fancy Updo with Curls and Pins
A lovely and elegant look, ideal for really short hair with a soft color. It features the sleek texture of buttery curls and classy pompadour bangs. Thus, the main focus of this creative short updo is the highly noticeable curls accentuated by the delicate flower pins.
#59: Asymmetrical Curly Half Updo
The creative thing about this style is that one side is sleek, and the other one is wild and curly. It’s cool, casual, and one of the easiest side updos for short hair you can make by yourself. This look will work for natural hair too.
#60: Fauxhawk Updo with Side Twists
This punk-looking hairstyle is cute and casual, while not that quick to compose. Curl the locks, pin the bangs back like a pompadour and make three flat twists on each side to render your updo the fauxhawk look.
Gone are the days when short-haired girls were left out of all the hair styling fun. Instead, those with shoulder-length hair and even shorter can sport a wide variety of updos for short hair that look lovely, glam and completely planned out – even when sometimes they aren’t!