31 Cute & Easy Updos for Short Hair for Special Occasions

Cute and easy updos for women with short hair

There are so many great ways to style shorter hair and here, we will arm you with an arsenal of some of the best updos for short hair for those special occasions. Grab your bobby pins, hot tools, and hairspray, and get ready for some amazingly fun new styles that you’ll definitely want to add to your “I need to try this!” list! These easy short updos are guaranteed to make you look and feel sexy!

Before your next salon visit, check out these inspirational photos of updos for short hair.

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Short Curly Hair Updo
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#1: Short Curly Hair Updo

Add dimension and body to your short curly hair by adding a little texture to your hairstyle. This messy pinned updo isn’t complete without the small white flower hair accessories.

Elegant updo for older women
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#2: Elegant Updo for Older Women

An elegant updo for older women gives a playful and youthful look. A loose low bun is a great way to style short hair for a formal event. Leave a few hairpieces out to drape softly over the ear and neck. It will give a modern look to the formal updo.

Bouffant half updo for bob
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#3: Bouffant Half Updo for a Bob

A bouffant half updo for a bob gives new light to a haircut that can tend to get boring when styled the same daily. If you have short hair, a bob, an asymmetrical bob, or any similar cut will give you a fresh look and spice up the style. Thick hair cut in a bob can be managed by utilizing a half-up hairstyle as it takes width away from the face. For fine hair, make sure to add a dry texture spray and pull the curls or pinned parts out to expand them and give a fuller look.

Feathered updo for short bob
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#4: Feathered Updo for a Short Bob

A feathered updo for short bob hairstyles is perfect for the carefree “I woke up like this” elegance. Feathering makes messy look elegant and thin or fine hair look fuller. If you don’t know how to style your bob this is perfect because any mistakes or flyaways can really lend themselves to the overall relaxed elegance style. Fine-haired ladies should try a volume powder for fullness, volume, and longer lasting hold.

French twist updo for shorter hair
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#5: French Twist Updo for Shorter Hair

A French twist updo for shorter hair gives a timeless elegance to a more mature client. If you are attending a black-tie event or like to dress up with timeless elegance, a french twist is a perfect style. Make sure to use a very light finishing hairspray to tame flyaways for a more polished look, and avoid heavy or wet hairsprays that will separate pieces and take away from the overall smooth polished elegance.

Asymmetrical braided updo
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#6: Asymmetrical Braided Updo

An asymmetrical braided updo is an excellent choice for women looking to give the illusion of a full head of luscious long locks. Short hair lends itself really well to messy hairstyles and adding an asymmetrical braid brings an element of class and romance to the overall look. By using the shorter layered pieces to add volume and texture to the braid you are able to avoid flyaways while keeping a disheveled elegant updo.

Low-maintenance updo for shorter hair
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#7: Low-Maintenance Updo for Shorter Hair

Try a low-maintenance updo for shorter hair if your hair is hard to style or loses curl quickly. If you have very layered, very coarse, or very hard-to-style hair, a low-maintenance updo is an easy and effective way to go. Fine-haired women should use texture spray or a texture powder for grit, hold, and volume. Coarse-haired women should use a blow dry cream and use a round brush to smooth flyaways and unruly hair.

High Ponytail for Short Locks
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#8: High Ponytail for Short Locks

A high ponytail for short locks is a bold and powerful hairdo that can be worn sleek and dramatic or messy and casual. The everyday businesswoman could easily utilize a sleek high ponytail on dirty hair to keep it professional and dynamic. Pair with your favorite office outfit and you’ll be ready to show the world who you are. To maximize a sleek look, the natural oils from greasy hair can help, or alternatively, apply a shine oil and tame flyaways for a bold and polished look.

Short messy updo with headband braid
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#9: Short Messy Updo with Headband Braid

Give a short messy updo with a headband braid a try if you are looking for an updo that looks like you have long hair. Braids are fantastic for giving the illusion of length and thickness because they can be pulled apart or ‘pancaked’ to appear bigger. Styling short hair with a braided updo allows for an elegant look that goes beyond the basic curls. Try adding a colored extension to the braid for a temporary pop of brightness and interest in the updo.

Twisted Buns Updo
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#10: Twisted Buns Updo

An elegant twisted buns updo can be a fantastic way to create a chic hairdo with the ability to be worn for both classy, elegant events like a prom as well as a relaxed everyday style. Simple twists and buns are perfect for short hair, fine hair, or a busy lifestyle. If you have long hair, start with a low ponytail before making it a messy bun.

Top knot for short hair
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#11: Top Knot for Short Hair

Try a top knot for short hair for that perfectly carefree style. Half up styles are perfect for second day hair and can add height and volume to the style. Try pulling some small pieces out to frame the face and give an even softer, more natural appearance. Try dressing it up with some soft waves and pulled pieces around the face for a romantic and elegant hairstyle that is still care free and natural. If you have very thick hair this is a great way to reduce bulk and lift the overall appearance of the face.

Twisted bouffant updo for short hair
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#12: Twisted Bouffant Updo for Short Hair

Try a twisted bouffant updo for short hair to give the illusion of full hair. If you are looking to add the illusion of long hair done up in an elegant updo, the twists in the updo create the illusion of length. Customizable to match your hair length and your style needs, this is a quick and beautiful way to add elegance to your style. To add lots of volume use Puff me Powder while twisting and gently pull the twists apart to expand them.

Short hairstyle with fishtail braid
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#13: Short Hairstyle with Fishtail Braid

A short hairstyle with a fishtail braid is a perfect way to do a simple and elegant style than can be done on fine or thick hair. Fishtail braids are a fantastic style for short hair because they do not require a lot of length to stay in place. Dress it up with beautiful accessories or keep it casual by pulling the braid a bit to mess it up slightly. Finish with beachy waves and you’ve got a perfect short style.

Messy Updo for Short Curls
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#14: Messy Updo for Short Curls

Flaunt your golden brown hair and curls in an intriguing short hair updo that will be perfect for a formal event. A loose messy curls updo like this can make your thin hair seem fuller.

Loose Side Braid Updo for Short Hair
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#15: Loose Side Braid Updo for Short Hair

This charming pastel pink hair weaved through blonde highlights and brunette roots creates an enchanting loose side braid updo hairstyle on short hair that has various dimensions.

Chic and Formal Updo
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#16: Chic and Formal Updo

Wow your guests on your special day with glistening short hair. Finishing such updo hairstyles for short hair with a cute accessory for a flirty look!

Twisted Chignon Low Bun for Shorter Hair
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#17: Twisted Chignon Low Bun for Shorter Hair

This chignon updo for short hair is a popular choice. The best thing about this low bun style is that it’s effortless and beautiful at the same time. Created by stylist and braider Nata Chivadze of Georgia, it looks elegant and it’s really comfortable to wear.

“I would recommend this chignon updo for shorter hair to ladies for the following reasons: it’s suitable for any kind of event where you want to look classy and it can be done on any hair type or length,” Chivadze states.

To recreate this hairstyle, start by doing one or two low ponytails to twist them together. Curl the hair if needed to add texture and slight movement.

#18: Short Wavy Updo

This textured swept-away short hair updo was made by bridal stylist Leah Mooney of Oregon, and it looks very feminine and romantic. It gives you detail through the texture and keeps things soft and elegant throughout.

Mooney explains, “This chic updo for short wavy hair is achievable when using the right combination of products and technique with hot tools. Evaluating face shape, accessories, and style of the dress will help determine whether this formal look is best for you!”

Whimsical & Fun Updo
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#19: Whimsical & Fun Updo

This unique but casual updo for shorter hair is whimsical and fun. It can work for a casual or formal occasion. It was created by stylist Ashli Shade of Severna Park, MD.

“If your hair is thin, this style may look different and will need more effort and possibly more product. The look consists of a combo of twists and braids that are pulled out a tad to create a fuller look or to fill any gaps,” Shade explains.

#20: Romantic Braided Crown Updo

This short hairstyle is a fun and romantic braided crown updo with pinned ends. It’s polished enough to ensure it would hold up for a night of dancing! Having shorter/fine hair can be a challenge to create an updo with. However, using braids that show off the dimensional hair color, while adding texture and hold to the hair, can be the perfect solution!

Stylist Emily Miller of Williamsburg, VA says that this is such a great hairstyle for almost any event. “I always take the outfit and setting into consideration before choosing a hairstyle. Hair length and texture make a huge difference, but if you have at least shoulder-length hair, I’d say you could achieve something close to this look. Products are amazing in helping achieve any short updo hair styles,” she adds.

Edgier Braids on Short Hair
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#21: Edgier Braids on Short Hair

The best thing about this braided updo hairstyle on short hair is that it boosts super textured hair! The talented stylist who created it was Rozi Clarey from Dubbo, NSW.

For such a hairdo for short hair, preparation is key! Clarey’s number one tip is to get the braids to look neat as possible, so it won’t be very difficult to smooth the hair out later.

“I used a ‘dust’ product to make her hair ‘dirty,’ so it had some grip. Use enough to hold the style in all day because short hair braids tend to fall out if not in tight enough or if enough product isn’t used,” Clarey explains.

All-Occasion Fancy Updo
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#22: All-Occasion Fancy Updo

This updo for short hair can be used as a look or for a special occasion. Hairstylist Kaylie Aichner of Michigan loves how this style looks great on girls with shoulder-length to long hair.

“For styling, have a good hairspray and a smaller barrel curling iron. I used the Aveda Air Control hairspray for this look,” Aichner states.

If you’re the type of woman that likes the messy but elegant look, then this is for you! It’s so much easier to achieve this style if you have a strong base of the hair to secure your hair pins and your bobby pins.

Aichner adds, “To make it look like you have more hair, start the style further down on the head and make sure the ends of the short pieces are tucked in and secure.”

Stylish Short Pixie Updo
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#23: Stylish Short Pixie Updo

This is an easily styled short updo that can be worn casually or even formally on a night out. Hair designer Grace Seo from Bellevue, WA, she says “Most women with short pixie hair don’t believe anything can be done other than a nice blowout or some beach waves. But, with a couple of bobby pins and hairspray, it can be easily done.”

Seo continues, “keep the natural hair dirty (textured naturally, meaning curly hair or even with some dry texture spray). “I recommend Oribe Swept Up or Dry Texture Spray.”

Hairdos for short hair like this can give anyone the feeling that they took a good amount of time doing their hair, even though it really only takes a quick five to ten minutes. Whether you’re late to work and you have bedhead, you can easily cover it up by adding curls or waves and some braids on both sides and bobby pinning them up.

#24: Princess-Like Laced Style for Short Mane

This short hairstyle is a laced updo style with long side bangs, designed by Australia-based stylist Michael Duckenfield.

“I love how the shortness of the hair didn’t affect the detail of the style. Due to the layering of the individual pieces over each other, it gives it a floral twist to the style rather than an overly structured feel,” Duckenfield notes.

Duckenfield didn’t want to add more height but wanted the hair off the face to keep it feeling comfortable. Soften your updos for short hair with a sweeping side fringe.

Twisted Chic Updo
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#25: Twisted Chic Updo

This is a twisted chic style by stylist Colleen Hayes from Louisville, KY. “This look can be dressed up or dressed down and is best for shorter hair,” says Hayes.

This is one of those easy updos for short hair. If a woman with long hair is considering this hairstyle, Hayes says the back would look fuller and would need more twist to it.

This is one of the easy hairstyles for short hair that’s going to last. If you need something to stay all day or all night, Hayes says this should be your go-to! Because of the twist in the back, it helps to secure the hair so you don’t have shorter pieces of hair falling.

#26: Cute and Fun Braided Updo

Who says you can’t have fun and cute updos for short hair? This style works great on shorter hair! “This an elegant updo that’s suitable for all sorts of occasions,” says stylist Ashley Brinker.

Part off a rectangular section at the top of the head, starting wide at the forehead and gradually narrower until stopping a couple of inches past the crown. Then use a texturizing powder and tease the section lightly.

Now it’s prepped to do your French braid. Keep the braid loose and use a clear rubber band to secure it. Pull apart the braid to make it as thick as you’d like it. Roll the end of the braid and attach it with bobby pins.

Brinker adds, “Section off both the front sides from ear to ear. Loosely pull the hair from both sections back and secure. Loosely braid the ends of those sections and twist and secure how you’d like. Part off three sections at the nape of the neck. Stagger the sections a little to hide the part lines. Braid each section and secure it with a clear rubber band. Pull apart the braids to loosen and attach.”

#27: 40s-Inspired Victory Roll Style

This is a 1940s-inspired victory roll style with a side part. It’s an old Hollywood updo for short hair, created to mimic the fighter plane maneuvers. Women wore it to support their husbands at war, as well as to keep hair out of their face when they first entered the workforce.

Stylist Michelle Corpus of Las Vegas explains, “Victory rolls are commonly associated with the “pin-up” look. I love what this style represents and I love how something so classic looks great with short hair.”

For shorter hair, you want to make sure to curl the hair with a smaller iron (3/4-inch) to get the needed hold to create the roll. For the back, you want to keep the small curls almost intact without brushing them out to give it that pin-curled look.

#28: Simple Short Bohemian Updo

This is a simple half up half down style with a small pop of boho flair. It was designed by hair artist Charisse Holliday from Charlotte, NC.

A good texturizing powder is a game-changer for any braided style. Holliday states, “we used Kristin Ess Working Texture Loose Styling Powder at the crown, followed by a small tease for volume. After the braid was created, I applied more texture powder directly to the braid and pulled it apart to get a thicker and fuller appearance.”

This bohemian updo for short hair is perfect for any lady with fine hair density that’s looking for something simple with a little twist.

“Women that are limited on time but want to add a little pop of fun to a simple style is the perfect candidate to try this DIY look,” Holliday adds.

Textured and Braided Updo for Bob
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#29: Textured and Braided Updo for a Bob Cut

This braided look is having texture, is versatile, and is great for women who need their hair off their face. It was created by Minnesota-based stylist, Jennifer Wright.

The braid is an inside-out braid, or the Dutch braids. Each strand is brought under one another instead of over. The tighter you braid in the beginning, the more likely it will stay. Once you’ve finished the braid and have it pinned, you can gently pull the hair to give it a bigger, more textured style. Have extra bobby pins handy in case you need to pin little pieces that stick out back into the braid.

Updos for short hair like this work well for any hair type and texture (fine to coarse, straight hair or curly, etc).

Wright notes, “Sometimes it’s hard coming up with a sophisticated updo that works with a longer pixie cut or a short bob, but with the look of this braid, short-haired girls don’t have to be left behind!”

Elegant Date Night Side Bun on Short Tresses
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#30: Elegant Date Night Side-Bun on Short Tresses

Here’s an elegant side bun with movement by hair artist Jenna Peddie of the UK. Updos for short hair are for wedding days!

After looking at various ideas, of updos for short hair Peddie decided to do the plaited style made into roses. The best thing about it is the movement and how it swirled, which is used to finish the ends. The result is simple, yet not boring at all.

Peddie recommends short hair updos for ladies wanting to make the most of short layers at the sides rather than gluing them down with hairspray. The back of the hair could be for any length, but it would do best on shorter hair.

Easy Low Messy Bun Hairstyle
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#31: Easy Low Messy Bun Hairstyle

Go for an easy low messy bun that was created by twisting the hair. It’s an idea by hairdresser Taija Pitkänen of Oulu, Finland.

Pitkänen recommends that the hair is not too long or short. The shoulder-length cut was enough, if only it’s not too layered. Huge amounts of super sleek and thick hair are even kind of tricky to work with when it comes to updos for short hair.

Volume products are the key to styling fine hair. The products that Pitkänen used included sugar spray, dry shampoo, hair powder, a light hairspray, and shine spray.

This short hair updo was made for a female guest going to a lovely summer wedding. Looser buns are perfect for so many occasions and styles since they can be personalized in many ways.