Most ladies tend to have a difficult time when creating short hair updos, and some will even give up on having one. The few challenges that women go through when working on their short hair is what brings about the notion that updos are only a preserve for those with a long mane. However, this could not be further from the truth because short hair works just fine and there are limitless designs that you can create, and you will only need to put in more effort and some extra creativity and also use a few extra pins. Below is a detailed picture gallery to give you some inspiration on what you can create with your short strands.
# 1 Simple Twisted and Pinned Updo
As fancy as this hairstyle may look it is still very easy to create, and you will only need to use many pins. The design starts with highlighting your brown locks to give them a perfect tone. You should then pull the hair to the middle of the head and style by twisting and pinning the locks to form a faux hawk like design.
A mohawk still makes an updo but with a little inventiveness, you can make yours look very distinct. This style has some short curly locks with subtle blonde highlights and to create this deign you should shave one side short and then knit a small braid on the other to form a stylish mohawk design.
# 3 Tight Formal Textured Curls
Some textured waves and curls will always give you a lovely updo regardless of the length of your hair. In this design, you only need to give the hair a lift at the center of the head and then sweep back and pin the curls to create a cute up style that you should accessorize with a beautiful headpiece.
# 4 Twisted Bridal Chignon
The textures on these dark-toned wavy locks are nothing short of perfect, and it is what makes it is possible to wear this refined headdress. The hairdo is also very straightforward because you only need to pull the hair back and twist it into a chignon while leaving a few free strands to spice up the design.
# 5 Funky Braided Updo
A head-turning headdress like this one proves that short hair updos are as elegant as those that you get from a long mane. This design entails wrapping and pinning some of the hair at the top to create a high bun. You should also have two funky braids that start on the side just behind the ear and curve at the back of the head before finishing in the top bun.
# 6 Super Chic Look
Everything from the color to the styling of these soft strands is top notch and with such a hairstyle you will always stand out. It is also a simple design that entails brushing back your short hair, knitting a small braid from the side and then twisting everything into a tight and super chic chignon at the back.
# 7 Easy Blonde Chignon
Blonde is a vibrant color that not only adds a dazzle to your hairstyle but also makes it look classy. However, it does not eliminate the need to have a fresh styling and the textured wavy locks in this style will only require you to twist them into a medium size chignon at the back while leaving a few free locks.
# 8 Chocolate Brown Waterfall Braid
A waterfall braid is another excellent idea for your short hair, and it is also very easy to form once you figure out the pattern. And if you also accessorize your chocolate brown strands (with a brooch) you can be confident of an elegant appearance.
# 9 Messy and Textured Curly Updo
The messy look in this headdress is perfect as it makes the design look very effortless. To create this look, you will need to have some short textured curly locks. You should then pull all of them to the back and twist and pin them in place to create the curly and messy up style design.
# 10 French Fishtail Twist and Loose Curls
Ladies with a long bob haircut should try this hairstyle to create a beautiful updo. The locks in this design also have some loose or brushed out curls and all that you need to create this look is to weave a fishtail braid over the curls starting from one side and finishing in the other.
# 11 Wavy Short Hair Updo
Short hair updos are not complicated, and this is what makes them an excellent choice for you. This particular design has some textured wavy locks, and all that you need to do is to pull them back, twist and pin to form a stylish up style.
# 12 Low and Messy Bun
The simplicity of this hairdo is what makes it an excellent choice for most ladies with short hair. It entails sweeping back your wavy locks and them tucking them into a small loose and messy bun at the back. And to add some flavor to the look, you should accessorize with a beautiful headband.
# 13 Pretty Curly Bun
This fabulous headdress will require you to use a curling wand or curlers, but the look that you get makes it worth the extra effort. It entails sweeping back your hair and twisting it into a simple bun at the back with some beautiful curls protruding from it.
# 14 Double French Braid Updo
Braiding your short hair is also an option when you want to create an updo. It is also a perfect alternative if you know how to knit hair. In this style, for example, you only have to section your hair into two and spin each part into a medium French braid. You should then finish by joining and pinning the two braids at the back.
# 15 Fancy Braid and Knot
An extra effort is all that you need to create stylish short hair updos. If you want a pleasant one like this, you only need to weave a side braid and finish it into a tight knot at the back. It is also important to leave a few free locks at the front and use them to form a cute wave over the forehead.
# 16 Half Up Design for Short Hair
To create a nice half up hairdo like this one you will need to brush back your dark toned hair and then twist and pin a few locks at the back of the head while leaving the rest to flow freely. And to finish the look you should accessorize with some cute pins or a clip.
# 17 Side Swept Hawk
If you are among the ladies with a short, thick hair, then this style will work for you. It involves gathering and pinning the hair in the middle of the head to form a hawk. However, you should also leave the strands at the front free and style by side sweeping them and flip the ends.
# 18 Fine and Curly Updo
An updo can also look fabulous on a thin hair, and you just have to come up with a lovely style like this one. Here you need to chop the strands to a bob length and make them curly. And to finish the design you should weave a few of the strands into a loose braid on the side.
# 19 Soft Textured and Messy Hair
Short hair updos can be as simple as this one and still look very stylish. This style entails chopping your brown locks short to give them a perfect texture and style with pins to create a soft and messy updo. For the accessory, you should wear a vintage hat with some feathers on the side.
# 20 Platinum Blonde Rows
Platinum blonde is a beautiful color that will make your hair dazzle and distinct. And if you also have some lovely braid rows like in this design then you will look exquisite. The style entails weaving four braids that start at the front and flow to the back. To finish the design you should combine two twists on the sides to form a simple knot.
# 21 Thick and Messy Curly Updo
This hair has a perfect volume and a cute brown shade with a hint of blonde, and this makes styling effortless for you. To create your updo, you should pull back your hair and pin it to create a thick curly up style.
# 22 Chic Messy Curly Bun
The golden hint on these strands gives them a healthy gloss, but their styling is still what makes this a top notch headdress. To create this style you should bring your strands to the center of the head and then pin them tight to form a small messy bun.
# 23 Twisted Pink Hair with a Headband
Formal hair can also be colorful, and a bright shade of pink will make you feel and look fantastic. To style your short pink hair, you will need to give the ends some curls and then twist and tuck them around the head while leaving some short curly bangs at the front and accessorize with a cute headband.
# 24 Wavy and Textured Half Updo
These locks have a gorgeous highlighted color and some textured waves that make styling very easy for a woman. A simple brush back of the strands and tying a few locks into a pony like design over the rest is enough to give you a stylish half up design.
# 25 Chunky Dutch Braid
Dutch braids are excellent when creating short hair updos because you do not have to do much to get an elegant design. In this design, for example, you only need to weave a chunky Dutch twist that starts at the front, curves at the back and ends on the side where you should use pins to hold it in place.
# 26 Braided Blonde Bun
Blondes can have more fun with their hair than ladies with other colors because they are almost sure of a refined look, and this is regardless of the hair length. In this style, the blonde locks also have an excellent texture and to create the updo, you should twist the stands on the sides and finish them into a braided bun at the back. You should also leave a few free locks at the front and style them with a side sweep.
# 27 Amazing Balayage Updo
The lovely balayage shade in this design gives the updo an incredible tone that will make any headdress look extra cute. To create the up style you should pin your wavy strands in the middle of the head to form an appealing hawk like design.
# 28 Romantic Twisted Bangs
You do not have to be excellent at styling hair to create an updo because it does not require you to follow a very precise pattern. To form one like this one you only need to twist your strands starting at the front and then pin them at the back. But, to look good in this style, you should have some textured locks with a beautiful shade.
# 29 Glamorous and Easy Up Style
Short hair updos can be your quick fix design when you do not have the time to try out complicated hairstyles. This particular one is very glamorous and also easy to form because you only need to pull back your hair and tuck it into a small bun.
# 30 Simple Side Braid into a Chignon
Thick hair makes updos very easy to create, and this is regardless of how short it might. To create a stylish look like this, you only need to weave a medium size braid on the side that starts at the front and ends in a tight chignon.
# 31 Holiday Updo for Short Hair
To create this holiday look, you need to comb the roots of your hair back and smooth it out and then twist one side of the strands towards the back. You should then bring the other side to meet with your twist and secure it in place with some bobby pins. And to finish the look you only need to bring everything else to the back and create a French twist.
# 32 Stunning Upstyle with Bohemian Flowers
There are no limitations when it comes to short hair updos because even if you have a simple messy and curly updo like this one you can still take its appearance a notch higher with some beautiful accessories. In this hairstyle, the Bohemian flowers make all the difference as they give the headdress a fashionable and elegant look.
# 33 Chin Length Wavy Bob
Blonde and wavy locks like this will look fantastic in any hairstyle, and a few pins are all that you need to create a flawless updo. To create this style you should bring your locks to the middle of the head and then pin them to form a loose updo.
# 34 Funky Faux Hawk
You do not have to chop even an inch of your short hair to create a beautiful faux hawk. To create one like this you should make your dark toned locks curly and then use some pin to hold it in the middle of the head to form the faux hawk.
# 35 Pink Pixie Updo
The pink shade in this headdress is what most people will love about this style. But, the hairdo would not look this chic without the wavy and long pixie cut and the neat French braid on the side.
# 36 Fun Bridesmaid Chignon
These strands already have a beautiful texture and highlighted color, and this makes styling effortless. To give the hair a beautiful bridesmaid updo you simply have to sweep back your hair and twist it at the back before pinning it into a small chignon.
# 37 Adorable Braided Upstyle
Most short hair updos are about keeping things neat and straightforward. In this headdress, the design involves weaving a small twist on the side and then brushing back the rest of the hair smoothly in a wavy pattern. You should then finish the design by joining everything at the back to form a small bun.
# 38 Cute Bridal Hair Knot
The dazzle in these brown locks is amazing, and it gives them a healthy appearance. These strands also have some textured waves, and so a simple knot at the back and above the free flowing locks is all that you need to create a cute half up design.
# 39 Cool Blowout Chignon
A blowout is perfect when you want to wear something simple that requires minimal maintenance. You can also spice it a little bit with an inventive styling that involves brushing back the hair and rolling it into a chignon and accessorize with a cute headband.
# 40 Pinned Curly Bob
A shoulder-length bob is a fantastic haircut, and it is incredible how you can do many things with it when it comes to styling. This particular one also has some beautiful natural curls and to give them a stylish appearance you only need to brush them back and pin them to form a simple updo.
# 41 Cute Blonde Curls with Braided Headband
One should never run out of ideas for short hair updos because you can create them in endless ways. In a style like this one, the hair has some beautiful blonde curls and so you only need to form a medium size braided headband and then hold it in place with a jeweled clip to enhance the appearance of your pinned curls.
# 42 Trendy Mohawk
This style is perfect for a lady that does not have any problem with experimenting with her locks to create a bold look. It entails chopping the hair to a bob length and then weaving some funky zigzag braids on the sides while leaving a thick and upswept wavy hair in the middle to form a Mohawk.
# 43 Adorable Twist-and-Tucks Design
Any woman can create an updo even without using the services of a professional because it is a very simple design. To create one like this, you will only need to twist and pin your strands at the back, but you also have to use a lot of pins.
# 44 Tousled and Layered
A beautiful hairdo is not just about getting the cut and styling right, but you also need to have some fun when creating it. These short tousled strands are a perfect example of this and to create them you only need to pin them at the back and then leave the ones on the front free. You should then style the front wavy locks with a brush back and in subtle layers.
# 45 Short Pin Up Bob
Here is another hairdo that shows the beautiful appearance that you can create with your platinum blonde hair. It entails brushing back the hair smoothly and with a slight twist and using some pins to create some adorable pin-up curls. It is also an excellent idea to leave a few curly bangs hanging at the front.
# 46 Edgy and Messy Curly Upstyle
Modern short hair updos will require you to give your strands a perfect texture and color before you style it. This hair has both and some lovely brushed out curls and so to style it you should have some side-swept bangs at the front and then pin the rest at the back to form a messy curly updo. And to enhance the style you should accessorize with a beautiful headpiece that has some lovely jewelry.
# 47 Charming Tucked Chignon
Chignons work for any lengths, and this is what makes them popular with modern women. In this style, for example, you should brush back and tuck your strands from the side and finish with a chignon at the back. This style also has a beautiful vintage hat accessory that adds to the elegance of the design.
# 48 French Lace Braid on an A-line Bob
An A-line bob is a breathtaking hairdo, but this style proves that you can still take its appearance a notch higher with a little creativity. This design introduces a French lace braid that wraps around the head over the forehead and an adorable headband accessory. The two styles give the A-line hairdo an elegant look, and they help to make it even more stunning.
# 49 Vintage Updo with Braids
Even if you are not sure of how to create a unique updo with your short strands, there is still the option of experimenting with braids. And with a little creativity, you can be able to give your copper locks some cute twists like this that create an elegant up style.
# 50 Exquisite Tight Curls Mohawk
The tight curls in this design are natural, and they also have a dazzling dark tone. To give them their charming design you only need to weave two lace braids on the sides while maintaining some upswept and tight curls in the middle to form a cute mohawk.
# 51 Twisted Blondie Half Up Design
The cut on this platinum blonde bob is fantastic, and it is one of the things that make the headdress look stunning. And for styling you should twist and pin some of the strands at the center of the head while leaving the rest to flow to the back to create a sassy half up design.
# 52 Half Up Style with a Cute Brooch
You do not need to do much to create a fancy hairdo like this one, and this is more so if your strands already have a beautiful copper shade, a medium volume, and excellent texture. Brushing back the locks and tying a few with a brooch to create a half up design is enough to make you look stunning.
# 53 Long Wavy Balayage Bob
If you are looking for unique ways to style your bob then short hair updos are an excellent choice. This long bob has a highlighted balayage shade that gives it a perfect tone and some nice natural waves. And so for styling you only need to pin the wavy strands at the back and then accessorize with some beautiful flowers.
# 54 Massive Blonde French Plait
A massive French braid on the side that starts at the front and flows all the way to the back is enough to give you a stylish updo. And if your strands also have a dazzling blonde shade like these then you can be confident of a unique and refined appearance.
# 55 Stylish Faux Bob
This hairstyle is both a faux bob and an updo, and if you can replicate it on your thick hair, then you can be certain of a head turning headdress. You also need to give your strand a hand painted black to brown ombre shade. And for styling you only have to pin some of the wavy strands at the center of the head.
# 56 Edgy Braided Mohawk
The fancy cornrows on the sides of this upscale design help to form a very chic mohawk that is perfect for any lady that wants a style that will make her stand out from the crowd. The locks in the middle have an amazing texture and a gentle upsweep that gives them a controlled appearance.
# 57 Four Strand Dutch Braid Hawk
Braids are perfect for short hair updos, and they always assure you of a top notch and refined appearance. This fantastic braided updo involves brushing back the highlighted strands and then weaving them into a four-strand braid that flows in the middle of the head to form a tight and cute mohawk.
# 58 Fancily Plaited Upstyle
There are endless ways of creating a braided updo and so you just need a little creativity to create a distinct style. To wear one like this you should have two reverse braids that start at the back and flow to the sides where they curve towards the center of the head. You should then join the two twists and use a few strands to tie them into a small braided ponytail.
# 59 Crimped and Braided Chignon
It is hard to believe that this hair is short and also quite thin because the updo makes it look thick and long. And so this proves that length does not matter with updos provided you can create an inventive style. To replicate this look, you should knit a simple braid that starts at the center part and flows on the side. You should then join the braid with the rest of the hair and form a thick and tight chignon.
# 60 Beehive and Elegant Twist
A beehive is a favorite wedding hairstyle due to its simplicity. However, this hairdo spices it up with an elegant twist to create a very stylish updo. You also need to make your beehive tight if you want to look extra chic.
# 61 Knotted Faux Hawk
Modern hairdos are about breaking away from the norm and coming up with something unique like this one. To create this lovely headdress on your silver gray strands, you should bring them to the center of the head. You then need to use some pins or elastic bands to form knots from the front all the way to the back to create a unique faux hawk.
# 62 Plaited Headband on Golden Blonde Hair
The golden blonde shade on these strands is gorgeous, and it makes the shoulder-grazing wavy strands look extra cute. These beautiful strands also have an inventive style that you can replicate easily. The hairstyle entails weaving two small braids starting from the side and joining them at the center of the head to form a cute headband.
# 63 Beautiful Bridesmaid Half Upstyle
A bridesmaid should look as stylish as possible even though it is not her wedding day. Even if her hair is short, she can still have an adorable headdress like this one that entails sweeping back her textured and wavy locks in a messy design and then spicing them up with a small side braid.
# 64 Plaited Updo with Fun Peek-a-Boos
Color always has a great impact on a hairdo, and it can make or break a style. The fun purple and blue peek-a-boos on this design make a huge difference as they help to transform the simple braided updo in a stylish hairdo. Apart from the color you also have to get the braid right. For this to be so, you should start it on the side and incorporate all the strands before finishing it in a small knot at the back.
# 65 Upstyle with a Fancy Undercut
Short hair updos are very versatile, and so they give you the freedom to experiment with your strands to create a stylish hairdo. You can create a bold design like this one that entails leaving some dark-toned curls on the crown and then shaving the back to form an undercut. You should then pin the curls to create an updo design and then give the undercut some fancy razor lines to enhance the appearance.
# 66 Girly Mohawk with Fancy Undercut
Short hair can also look chic and trendy if you cut and style it innovatively. To create this bold style, you will only need to leave hair on the crown and shave the sides short. You also have to give your strands a bright pink shade and then knit the long ones on the top into a simple braid before finishing with some razor patterns on the short sides.
# 67 Sexy and Loose Short Updo
You will only spend a few minutes to create this hairstyle, but it still looks magnificent. The style entails sweeping back your textured brown locks and pinning them into a loose knot at the back. Also, leave some free bangs at the front and style them with a simple side sweep.
# 68 Classic Brunette Curls
The glossy brooches in this hairstyle are amazing, and they are perfect for a woman who wants to look and feel like a queen. However, there is more to the style than the accessories because the brunette hair also has some lovely curls throughout that make the hair look longer and fuller than it is, and some cute side-swept bangs at the front.
# 69 Blend of Braids and Twist on Beach Waves
Combining different types of braid is perfect when you want to create a stylish hairdo. It also makes things easy for you because all that you need to for a sleek look like this one is to brush back your beach waves and knit some braids and twists. And to finish the hairstyle you should pin your twists at the back of the head to form an updo.
# 70 Extra Cute Bob Upstyle
A wavy bob haircut like this one is very easy to style because you only need to sweep the front bangs to the side and the rest backwards. To finish the hairstyle, you should twist your wavy locks on the side and then tie them into a simple chignon at the back.
The length of your hair should never prevent you from wearing a stylish upstyle because short hair updos still look elegant and trendy. Whether you prefer simple buns or bold mohawks, there are many options available for you and the 70 designs above will give you some ideas for different hairdos that you can try out.