You did it. You cut your hair off and you’re loving it because it’s super healthy and sassy — but now you’re panicked that you can’t wear it up, ever. One of the biggest hair myths is that short hair can’t be worn up. Martha Lynn here, and I have some great news for you bob babes: you can put it up! I will admit that it takes a little more work than throwing it into a ponytail but it’s totally worth it. A twist here and a curl there and this simple updo will prove that short hairstyles are versatile, too!

  1. Your first step is to get the front and top hair (likely the longest hair you have) out of the way. This is what’s going to help you fake the length and create a good base. On Whitney, we clipped away all of the hair from the ear forward and then split the back half in two sections.
  2. Starting with the bottom section, start twisting and pinning the hair up and out of the way.
  3. We did a total of three twists. This part doesn’t need to be super neat because it will be covered up in the end.
  4. With the top section on the back you will tease the hair to create volume at the crown and then lightly twist the hair to the right while pushing it forward slightly to create that “bump” that will create balance and will give it something special.
  5. Twist and secure this middle section down over the bottom section (where you did your twists and pins to start) and pin with bobby pins.  See — it’s already starting to look like an updo!
  6. Using a 1 inch curling iron curl all of the remaining hair away from the face (this was the hair from the ear forward that we clipped away in the beginning).  Run your fingers through the curls to create separation and to avoid that 80’s crispy tendril look. Gently take the ends of some of the longer pieces and secure them with bobby pins over the “bump” and let some of the shorter pieces fall out if they want to for a romantic feel.
    Finish with hairspray and voila: you’ve tricked everyone into thinking you have long locks!

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Comments (30)
  1. 1
    karin September 3, 2014 at 1:15 pm

    Whitney looks absolutely adorable!

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    Chanel Dror September 3, 2014 at 1:56 pm


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    Vanessa @ Living in Steil September 3, 2014 at 3:04 pm

    Great updo! Can’t wait to try it on my short hair.

  4. 4
    Lily September 3, 2014 at 3:31 pm

    So cute to see how people can still do this on short hair!

    x Lily

  5. 5
    Kiri September 3, 2014 at 5:38 pm

    I LOVE this. I made the cut a few months ago and I am enjoying all these new styles to try. Thanks for sharing!

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    Adél September 4, 2014 at 1:18 am

    I’m currently in the inbetween-phase! Going to try this – thanks for posting!

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    Sayeh, The Office Stylist September 4, 2014 at 12:52 pm

    I’m sure this can also work with a little bit longer hair!! Such a simple, yet beautiful way of making your hair look gorgeous!!-
    -Sayeh, The Office Stylist

    • Carolyn September 29, 2015 at 8:50 am

      My hair is longer but I tried this yesterday and it worked good..looked a little different but still cute and cool for a hot day.

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    Loverly September 4, 2014 at 2:10 pm

    Love this! Short-hair brides are always looking for ways to rock an up-do & this such a perfect simple style to try!

  9. 9
    kimathellowedding September 5, 2014 at 12:36 pm

    Love this!

  10. 10
    Kim September 7, 2014 at 8:04 pm

    Thanks for posting. And love the hair color too.

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    Courtney Conway (@BreakfastVogue) September 10, 2014 at 8:33 pm

    My hair is on the shorter side so I’ll definitely be trying this one out!

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    Cristela October 3, 2014 at 10:28 pm

    Loved it! It took me less than 10 minutes to create on my hair! 🙂

  13. 13
    Emma Jayne October 14, 2014 at 5:33 pm

    I will definitely try this up-do style. I have the same length of hair and have been looking for different ways to achieve ‘dressy’ looks. Just fab!

  14. 14
    mary March 24, 2015 at 1:12 am

    That is so so preddY!!????

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    nag?o?nienie_domowe May 19, 2015 at 7:57 am

    This updo is really nice 🙂 I like this kind of updos and sometimes try this on my medium length hair 🙂

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    Monique May 23, 2015 at 12:50 pm

    Your instruction is so easy to follow for this kind of up dos with short and thin hair. it is the best web I have seen for thin hair up dos.

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    Ellie November 7, 2015 at 3:41 am

    By far the best updo tutorial for short hair — that actually works! I modified my ‘do slightly — pinned back the two side sections for a more sleek / less wispy look. I also had trouble making twisty bits underneath / at the very back as my hair is quite thick — so I simply tied this section in a ponytail which I then tucked and pinned. Same effect and worked perfectly for me. Thank you!!!

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    Anna September 22, 2016 at 12:06 pm

    Hi Love the hairdo but it is possible to do short video– I can’t quite do step #5 🙁



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