13 Super-Chic Updo Ideas for Short Hair
All you need are a few bobby pins (and almost no additional skill!) to wrap the ends of your strands into tiny, knot-like twists and pin them in place, creating a faux chignon look like Jennifer Lawrence’s.
Natural curls are in — and Lily Collins embraced hers by leaving a few pieces out of her bun to embrace the effortless feel. Want to amp it up a bit? Add a metallic hair accessory, like her silver bun cuff.
No time to wash your hair? Extend your strands an extra day by pulling your strands into a super-tight bun like Miranda Kerr’s. To lock it in place, use a tiny bit of light-hold gel, and then smooth a drop of hair serum all over to add a shot of shine.
MINI SIDE PONYTAILS
Do your part for your part by trying Kristen Stewart's intricate "quadruple vertical mini ponytail," created by celebrity hairstylist Kylee Heath. "[Kristen] looks so great with a deep side part, so I thought this was a different way to pull the side back and give the front lasting volume," says the pro of the knotted look. "Knots are so easy to control and manage and bring [edge] into any traditional hairstyle."
Sleek and slicked back was the motto for this Met Gala look seen on Miranda Kerr. Her center-parted strands began with two tiny braids and ended in a loose ponytail at the nape of the neck, resulting in one seriously cool style.
Inspired by a floral updo moment from the spring 2014 Dolce & Gabbana show, Lucy Hale's hairstylist Kristin Ess created the star's "romantic AF" style with five braids — three inverted French plaits and two fishtail twists -- and then added her own creative touch with a handful of colorful silk flowers from her craft box and a Lelet NY Heart Crystal Topknot headpiece. The result? A gorgeous, Pinterest-worthy hairstyle.
The pixie-to-bob transition is a rough one, but Kate Mara's petite pony, which features small accent braids, is elegant and easy to DIY.
Every fashion girl's favorite hairstyle (short for "half bun") also comes in mini form, as seen on Kate Hudson, who demonstrates how versatile the tiny topknot can be. Wear it while running errands or dress it up with a smoky eye for an on-trend take.
Can't quite get your short strands into an elastic band? Try Kristen Bell's textured updo. After adding subtle bends with a curling iron, gently pull back strands and pin pieces for a controlled (but appealingly messy) faux pony.
This red carpet mainstay never goes out of style (literally), no matter your hair length. Try Emma Roberts' relaxed version by sweeping strands back, twisting at the neck and pinning into place. And remember: The key to this look is in the wispy, face-framing pieces, so don't stress if your cut comes loose in front!
RELAZED MILKMAID BRAID
The easiest way to keep that hair blanket off your neck? Channel your inner Heidi by pinning two braids across your head à la Vanessa Hudgens, and go even more romantic by pulling out a few front strands to frame the face.
CHIC CENTER TWIST
While Gabrielle Union technically has a "lob" (a long bob), her slicked-back center twist is still easy enough to execute with shorter strands. To replicate the polished style, smooth on a lightweight smoothing cream to tame flyaways after twisting up tresses and pinning into place.
Jennifer Lawrence's distressed, pinned-up do is what lazy girl dreams are made of (and will look great no matter where you're headed — the beach, the gym or even the office). All you have to do is pin freely and where necessary until all of your hair is out of your face and off of your neck!