The weather’s been hot and you’ve gone for a shorter haircut inspired by the likes of Jeanette Aw, Song Hye Kyo and these other celebs, but you feel kind of limited in the way you can style your short ‘do. You might think to yourself: what can I do with my short hair, except to let it down?
Well, fret not. We’ve got 20 different hairstyle ideas to try. They are easy ways to can create glamourous-looking updos for shorter hair that are perfect for a business meeting or a special date night with your loved one. You’ll be surprised with all the different ways you can wear your short hair differently. Eager to find out? Keep scrolling.
A simple braid on each section creates this updo that even the shortest hair can pull off.
This simple low bun is simply a sectioned low ponytail that’s pinned up into a messy bun.
A braid on the front controls and contrasts the messy waves at the back of the head. This is also a good look to keep your long bangs from falling into your eyes.
An easy way to attempt this hairstyle would be to wear an elastic hairband and have sections of hair looping through the elastic. Do so until all your hair meets at the centre.
Updos on short hair is definitely possible as demonstrated by this hairstyle, but it requires plenty of product and practice. This particular style sections hair into four parts and is then pinned to hide the ends.
Starting with two sections of twisted braid meeting in the middle, secure with a thin hair tie and repeat until you’ve reached the base of your head. Then twist the hair at the bottom and tuck it in before securing with pins.
Different sections of hair are twisted and pinned until everything is secured. Then, hair is carefully pulled to create volume and texture. Spray on loads of hairspray for good measure.
Essentially a half ponytail, this variation uses sections of twisted hair which are then loosened to create volume.
This hairdo works best for short hair with a uniform length. Tie two fishtail braids from both sides of hair and have them meet in the centre. Loosen the fishtail braid to create volume.
Braided hair which runs down the side of head looks beautiful and feminine, even for short hair.
This style is basically just a pony tail, but you can add interest by criss-crossing some bobby pins on the side to hold up loose ends. Don’t forget to loosen the hair on your crown so it doesn’t look too flat.
Using gold thread to wind hair sections, this method is an easy way to braid shorter hair and keep layered hair looking neat. The gold thread would also help to jazz up the look.
A softer and more feminine version of the side braid, this one tidies up the fringe and is perfect for keeping hair off your face.
Short hair doesn’t have to be boring. This style proves that you can braid shorter pixie styles too.
Duchess Kate has been widely photographed in her favourite hair accessory, her hairbands and thick regal headbands. For a more subtle look, go for a thin hairband and then loop your hair through the elasticized bands to keep the hair off your neck for an easy chic updo.
Separate three sections of your hair and tie them each into ponytails first. Then, tie each of them into a bun each. Keep the buns close together to complete the look.
Separate the top half section of the hair into three sections on top of each other. Tie these sections together and gently loosen the hair on each tied section to achieve this look.
The ponytail is a versatile look favoured by many. The low ponytail style is especially a favourite amongst the korean celebrities and you can do your own version of it easily. For this look, apply a mousse to first add volume and texture to your hair. Then, curl it to create waves to frame your face. Gather the hair into a low ponytail before adding a statement hair accessory to finish the look.
If you have a short pixie cut with long bangs (read also: “Fringe Benefits: 5 Important Questions Ask Yourself Before You Get Bangs“), try braiding it from the roots to the tips before pinning it back behind the ears if it is long enough.
For the adventurous and bold, try this faux mohawk look that is perfect for both the work and gym. Start by sectioning the hair off into three sections, then Dutch-braid the middle section of the hair tightly. When you reach the nape of the neck, gather the rest of the hair and fasten it with a hair tie.
This article was first published in Singapore Women’s Weekly.