3 Updos for short hair and how to get them

/ 06.30.2014
Short hair updos can be easy and beautiful!
Short hair updos can be easy and beautiful!

When you have short hair, figuring out how to style an updo can feel somewhat challenging. There are tons of tutorials out there for long hair but with a cute crop, a fishtail crown braid isn't exactly accessible. The good news is that you don't have to be Rapunzel in order to achieve a beautiful updo. In fact, with shorter hair, the whole process is loads easier because there's less hair to deal with in the first place.

To help you out and maybe introduce you to a couple of ideas you hadn't thought of yet, we've put together a list of three gorgeous short hair updos, each one accompanied by an easy-to-follow tutorial.

Arm yourself with plenty of bobby pins and prepare to get inspired!

Waves on top

This style is full of texture and is perfect for anyone who wants to show off their waves, natural or otherwise. It does a great job of keeping the hair up and under control without looking strict or boring.

What you need:
Advanced Hairstyle CURVE IT Elastic Curl Mousse
Hairdryer and diffuser
Curling iron (optional)
Bobby pins
Advanced Hairstyle LOCK IT Bold Control Hairspray

Step one: After towel-drying your hair, scrunch some Elastic Curl Mousse evenly throughout then blow-dry using a diffuser attachment. Once the hair is almost dry, remove the diffuser and lift the hair by blasting it at the root for some added volume.

Step two: Part your hair deep on one side then pin everything at the sides tightly to your head. At the back, you can create a small chignon or wrap your locks into a French twist. You want to leave plenty of loose hair on top so don't worry if it looks a bit chaotic, you can sculpt it later on.

Step three: If you want more curls, use a curling iron on the top section of hair. Once you're happy with the amount of movement, spray the hair with Bold Control Hairspray and shape it with some more pins.

Step four: Spray more Bold Control Hairspray onto the palm of your hand then run it firmly over the sides to tame any flyaways. Spray the hair all over one last time and you're all set!

Sleek headband updo

Headbands are the perfect accessory to help you cheat your way to a pulled-together short hair updo. They hold a lot of the hair in place for you and they're right on-trend this season.

What you need:
Advanced Hairstyle SLEEK IT Iron Straight HeatsprayFlat ironTail comb
Bobby pinsAdvanced Hairstyle LOCK IT Bold Control Hairspray

Step one: Part your hair on one side using a tail comb for accuracy.

Step two: Spray your hair with Iron Straight Heatspray evenly throughout then flat iron to give it a sleek, straight finish.

Step three: Smooth the hair at the front back behind your ears and pin to hold it in place. Gather the rest back into a small chignon by twisting and pinning sections of hair until it's all up.

Step four: Spray your style generously with Bold Control Hairspray before you put your headband on.

Slick side part

Though the whole wet look thing might seem a little extreme, it's a really easy way to put your hair up and get it to stay up! With a subtle amount of product, you can achieve a subtle sheen as opposed to a gleaming post-shower effect which makes this look a lot more wearable than some of the super high-shine styles we've spotted on the runway of late.

What you need:
Tail comb
Advanced Hairstyle TXT IT Deconstructing Gum
Bobby pins

Step one: Use a tail comb to part your hair deep on one side then warm a small amount of Deconstructing Gum in your hands. Once emulsified, smooth it through your hair. You only need to use the bare minimum so apply more as needed, just be careful not to overload your strands.

Step two: On the side of your head with less hair, flatten your locks against your head using a little more gum then comb it over for a really smooth finish.

Step three: Shape the hair on the other side then smooth it back. Pin the bangs behind your ear to create a curve near your eye.

Step four: To finish, sweep the hair at the back into a small bun and pin.

What do you think? Which updo will you try first?

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