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: 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.
#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: Curly Chignon with a Bouffant
A pretty way to style lob length hair is in a curly chignon. If your hair is long enough to be pulled back smoothly, you can accomplish this ‘do. Focus on curling only the ends of the strands and tease the roots for a full, fancy look with a bouffant.
#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: Curly Bun with Braid for Shorter Hair
A perfect pair when creating girly updos for short hair? A braid and a bun! A French braid that feeds into a curly bun is ideal for shorter hair. If you are all about volume, a bouffant or a teased crown moves your updo to the next level. You can even style it for a formal occasion!
#10: Wavy Bob with Two Side Braids
Sometimes, less is more. Quick hairstyles DIY can not only save your time, money and good mood, but they also have this air about them that’s effortlessly chic. Simply part your hair down the middle or to one side, curl it into big, loose waves, and add a couple of loose braids on the side of your preference.
#11: Braided Mohawk for Bob Haircut
Move over soft and feminine updos, the edgy braided mohawk has made its entrance. A unique short updo choice, excellent for ladies with an edgier style. Flat iron hair straight, grab a teasing comb and use lots of hairspray.
#12: Chic Undone Updo for Bob
Sometimes women don’t like to wear updos because they don’t feel like themselves with their hair up. However, there are many cute hairstyles for short hair that aren’t too ‘done’. A chic undone updo is an ideal choice for bobs, as it suits shorter strands and turns a messy finish to your advantage.
#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: Teased, Twisted and Pinned Updo
Achieve the illusion of longer locks by getting a loosely pinned updo. Intricate and elegant, it’s appropriate for formal occasions and weddings held in any season. Looks modern and like you’ve put little effort into your look!
#15: Loose Curly Formal Updo
Oozing glamor, this loose curly updo is inspired by the roaring ’20s. Excellent for a themed party or any fancy party, the key to this beauty is creating tight curls in the lower half of your hair, and setting with spray.
#16: Cute Looped and Pinned Updo
Not all short hair updos lead to buns: pull strands back looping hair into whatever design you like and pin them down. This updo is a classier low gathered updo rendition. It’s also very versatile and can be worn for work and formal events as well.
#17: Low Airy Updo with Messy Curls
Simple-looking airy updos are fabulous for shorter textured hair. This is a curly version of the vintage Gibson tuck. When your lack length, make your updo more voluminous (and current) with a messy curly texture.
#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: Small Chignon with a Bouffant
Is there any updo more sophisticated than a chignon? Don’t underestimate the length requirements for this hairdo — it’s doable for shorter hair, too! If your hair is not long enough for a classic chignon, it may be compound, i.e. made of two parts and, therefore, looking like a higher sitting chignon.
#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: Asymmetrical Bob with Two Side Braids
Easy hairstyles for short hair can be simple and striking at the same time. Play up an asymmetrical bob with two side braids featuring precise parts. A chameleon style like this can be your saviour to events where you’re unsure about how casual or formal the dress code is.
#24: Curly Updo for Very Short Hair
Lacking ideas because your hair is too short to gather into a bun or chignon? Put aside your worries and curl your hair. Then bring it back using styling products and pin if necessary.
#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: Wavy Bob with Fishtail Braid
A bob with curls instantly looks more ‘done’. This one’s cute and easy! Curls and braids create a Princess-like look even for short hair. Make the ends of the braid melt into the curls, and this hairstyle can work well for any fancy event.
#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: Soft Curly Updo for Blondes
Easy updos for short hair, like soft curly updos, are tender and feminine! They’re a great idea if you’re looking for bridesmaids styles, as they accommodate all sorts of textures, and would look really pretty shown together in a range of different hair colors.
#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: Cute Braided Crown Updo
A hairdo for the hopeless romantic. Braided crown updos work well on shorter hair and they are excellent for ladies who prefer not to worry about their hair all day or evening long. Locked and secured, you can dance, move and shake in whichever direction you want and your hairstyle won’t budge!
#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: Lacy Loose Messy Curls Updo
Loose messy curls are a go-to for many women, and styling them in an inverted updo is a different way to show them off. Style hair without previous combing to achieve this cute piece-y look. Pull strands back and make sure to secure the ends well so the spell isn’t broken.
#36: Loose Updo for Beach Waves in Short Hair
Skip heat styling and go the textured route with hairdos for short hair. Use natural texture or sea salt spray on damp hair to develop soft beach waves. This pretty updo is appropriate for semi-formal events — particularly the ones during warm seasons.
#37: Smooth Bouffant Updo with Pinned Ends
Another example of a stunning bouffant, but with a less elevated crown. Super smooth and clean looking, it’s a perfect choice to sport for any formal occasion. A nice trick for the sleek finish is to comb baby hairs using a toothbrush that has hairspray on it.
#38: Creative French Roll Idea
Ou la la! Take a French twist up a notch by varying the direction of sections on each side. This ‘do is extra remarkable on hair that is multi-toned, with highlights or balayage being displayed phenomenally.
#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: Mohawk Updo with Bouncy Curls
Cute updos for short hair can be spiced with a bit of edge. Dress up the Mohawk with sweet, bouncy curls. When edgy and feminine come together you may get an unexpectedly cool result!
#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: 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.
#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: 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.
#45: 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.
#46: 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.
#47: 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.
#48: 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.
#49: 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.
#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: 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.
#54: 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.
#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: 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.
#59: 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.
#60: 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.
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!