Stunning Updos for Short Hair

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Easy and Cute Updos for Short Hair

Just because you have short hair, doesn’t mean you can’t wear a gorgeous updo! Many girls with shorter hair think that they do not have enough length to pull off an updo, but the great new is that there are actually tons of stunning updos that are perfectly suited for shorter hair lengths. In fact, there are a lot of looks that are actually much easier to create because you do not have long hair, and you won’t need to use as many hairpins since your hair isn’t heavy! Updos are a fabulous way to have some fun with your short hair and are particularly great if you like to add hair accessories to your look. Keep reading, and get your hairpins and hair elastics ready, because you are bound to find a great updo on this list that you want to try out right away!

1Low bun with side twists

Emily Blunt hair updo
Emily Blunt

This beautiful low bun is an elegant and easy updo for short hair! In order to replicate this look, part your hair toward one side and separate your hair into two equal sections. From these halves, separate one small section from the front of each side. This will be the hair that you use to make the twists that go into your bun. Using the rest of your hair, make a bun at the nape of your neck. Now twist the loose front sections of hair and use a bobby pin to secure them inside your bun. If you would like to have a piece of hair framing one side of your face like Emily, gently pull out the desired amount of hair from one of your twists. You can then use a bobby pin to secure some of this hair higher on your head as Emily does. This beautiful soft look is versatile for any type of special event and is also the perfect updo for casual days if you want to look extra stylish!

2Side bangs with a low folded loop bun

Emma Stone hair updo
Emma Stone

This stunningly simple low bun looks glamorous with the addition of a beautiful hair clip! This is the perfect hairstyle for girls who want to try an updo that looks effortlessly stylish. This look consists of a low loop bun with a section of hair wrapped around the top of the bun to cover the fastener. Begin by parting your hair to the side and separating any pieces that you want to frame your face. Next, separate a section of hair that you will use to wrap your loop bun. Using the rest of your hair, fold your hair so that it creates a loop shape and secure it with a hair elastic. Now take the separated section and gently twist it before wrapping it around the top of your bun. Once you have wrapped your bun, secure the ends of your hair with a pin. If you want to add some glamour to this easy updo, add a beautiful hair clip like Emma!

3Messy bun with face framing pieces

Selena Gomez short hair updo
Selena Gomez

Selena looks effortlessly cool with this casual updo! Luckily for you, this updo is incredibly easy to recreate. Keep the pieces of hair that you want to frame your face in front and then pull the rest of your hair back as if you were making a ponytail. Then just loop your hair through your hair band a few times in order to create your messy bun! If you are not good at making buns, you can also make a ponytail first, and then use an additional hair band to create the bun on top of the ponytail base. However, this updo looks gorgeous precisely because it isn’t neat, so don’t worry about being perfect! Depending on your facial features and preferences, you may prefer to style this updo so that you do not have a visible part. If that is the case, just comb your fingers through your hair in order to make it appear that you do not have a hair part before you create your bun. This is a cute updo for doing casual activities, but as Selena shows us, you can also make this hairstyle look more glamorous by adding some statement earrings!

4Sleek and loose low bun

easy updos for short hair
Claire Danes

When you think of sleek hairstyles you probably think of hair combed tightly against the scalp. However, as Claire’s gorgeous updo demonstrates, it is possible to achieve both a sleek and also more casual loose look at the same time. Ensure that your hair part is defined and then pull your hair back into a ponytail that sits at the bottom of your neck. Although this is a loose bun look, you need to tie your hair elastic tight so that you can create long lasting volume in the back of your hair. Gently pull the hair on the side of your head down so that it creates a beautiful rounded drape around your ears. Next, push upward on the hair above your ponytail to create some rounded volume. Spray the top of your hair with hairspray to give your style some hold. With your ponytail in hand, wrap your hair around the ponytail fastener to create a neat bun and then use pins to secure your bun. That’s it! This is an incredibly versatile updo and a great example of how you can create the illusion of having face-framing layers even if your hair is all the same length!

5Thin braids with a low bun

January Jones hair updo
January Jones

This updo is oh-so-cute and oh-so-easy! First you need to create two braids, but don’t worry about making them perfect because this updo is gorgeously casual! If you want, you can finish these braids with small hair elastics, but they should be thin and tight enough to hold themselves together. Either way, use one hairpin to secure these braids to the side of your head. Make sure to angle your braids so that they will flow effortlessly with the rest of your hair. Next, gather your hair into a low ponytail at the bottom of your head. Wrap your hair around the ponytail and secure your bun. This is such a stunning updo for girls who want to add a bit of a bohemian vibe to their style!

6Messy low side bun with a headband

cute updos for short hair
Charlize Theron

Charlize has such a pretty face and this messy side bun perfectly compliments her angelic features! All you need to do to recreate this updo is gather your hair to one side, create a ponytail, bunch your hair into a ball, and then secure your bun with either a hair band or hairpins. After your bun is created, just slip on a beautiful headband and your simple yet stunning updo is complete!

7High front off-center bun

Gwen Stefani hair updo
Gwen Stefani

Gwen is a style icon for girls who like to look feminine but edgy and quirky at the same time! This is a great easy updo style for girls who may think regular buns are boring and want to experiment with something a little bit more unexpected. To begin, you will need to create a very high slightly off center ponytail at the top of your head. You may find that the easiest way to do this is to bend over and brush your hair into your ponytail. Depending on your hair length, you may have some shorter pieces of hair that don’t make it into your ponytail, but you can just use hairpins to secure these flat against your head. Next wrap your bun around the ponytail as neatly as you can in order to create a smooth round bun. This is definitely a unique updo, so don’t be surprised if you get some second glances when you decide to rock this look!

8Casual topknot

Julianne Hough hair updo
Julianne Hough

Topknots are a super cute updo style and they look great on girls with any face shape! All you need to do is gather all of your hair on top of your head and loop your hair through a hair band a few times to create a messy bun. Don’t worry about flyaway pieces of hair because this is a flirty and casual look that doesn’t need to be perfect! If you want to create a small front bump like Julianne, just add a few hairpins to the top of your head. This super cute updo looks particularly pretty when you wear dangling earrings!

9Low messy bun with bangs and volume in the back

Olivia Wilde hair updo
Olivia Wilde

Even though you might not think a messy bun can look elegant, Olivia shows us how easy it is to infuse a bit of glamour into a casual look by adding a voluminous bump. You can still wear this style even if you don’t have bangs, but you can make your updo look just like Olivia’s if you are rocking similar bangs. Before making your bun, you need to create the “bump” at the back of your head. The easiest way to recreate the look of Olivia’s raised hair is to create a half ponytail. Take about one third of your hair from the top and create a ponytail that hits about midway down your head and sits above the rest of your hair. You can use a hair elastic, but if prefer the look of hairpins you can also use pins to secure this section of hair. After you create this ponytail, pull the hair upward and away from your ponytail fastener until you achieve the look of a bump. Now gather all of your hair into a ball and secure it with a hair band. You can also use pins if you want to create your bun using smaller sections at a time. If you have been looking for an elegant yet casual updo that doesn’t take much effort, this easy updo is definitely something you need to try!

10Casual high bun

Karlie Kloss hair updo
Karlie Kloss

This cute updo is so easy to replicate and doesn’t require anything other than your gorgeous short hair and a single hair band! First, finger-comb your hair straight back so that you no longer have a visible hair part. Next, gather your hair high on scalp as if you were making a ponytail and then loop your hair through the hair band a few times in order to create your bun. This versatile style is a great quick and easy updo if you just need hair out of your face or if you want to create the perfect canvas to show off your gorgeous features and earrings!

11Side twist updo

Keira Knightly hair updo
Keira Knightly

You may wish you could magically have Keira’s gorgeous eyes and bone structure, but at least you can have her stunning updo! This look is unique and perfect for girls who want to infuse a bit of bohemian energy into their updo. Start by separating your hair into 4 parts, with the front two sections being thinner than the back sections. Now twist one of your thinner front sections, spray it with hairspray, and pin it to the back of your head so that it slightly covers your ears. Repeat this step with the second section of front hair and then spray both secured twists with hairspray again. Now twist one of your thicker back sections and pin it so that it is integrated with the ends of your front twists. Repeat this step for the second back section. If you don’t want to have the twist look in the back, you can also just create a bun using your hair in the back. No matter you choose to style the back of your updo, your front twists will definitely inspire your friends to ask you how they can make their hair look as great as yours!

12Voluminous updo with face framing layers

Zoe Saldana hair updo
Zoe Saldana

This is a gorgeous and easy updo that will flatter girls with any face shape! Keep the pieces that you want to frame your face in front and then finger comb the rest of your hair straight back do that there is no hair part. Create a mid height ponytail and then push up the top of your hair to create a subtle pompadour look, but make sure the hair on the side of your head stays tight and sleek. Spray the top of your hair with hairspray to make sure that your volume has staying power. Next wrap your hair around the ponytail fastener to create a bun. You can also use a large clip to hold up your ponytail if you don’t want to create a bun!

13Sleek low bun with a middle part

Lily Collins hair updo
Lily Collins

This gorgeously elegant and easy updo is a great way to highlight your facial features and beautiful earrings! In order to achieve this sleek look, you should first straighten your hair if it is not naturally straight. Next, part your hair straight down the middle. Gather your hair in your hands and twist. With your twisted hair, wrap your hair into a bun. Twisting your hair before creating the bun will help ensure that your bun is nice and sleek. If you have a super round face, this may not be the easy updo that flatters you most since the flatness of the hair will emphasize the roundness of your face.

These stunning updos are amazingly versatile and a great way for shorthaired girls to have some fun with their hair! One of the awesome things about these updos is that they bring all the attention to your gorgeous face, which means you have the perfect opportunity to show off your style with fun makeup choices and accessories. We hope that you enjoyed this list and found an easy updo that you can’t wait to try out for your self!


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