What are the Best Short Hair Updos?

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An updo is a hairstyle in which most or all of the hair is held on top of the head. Updos are a style that can work with both short and long hair. Creating short hair updos is not as simple creating as long hair updos, but with a variety of styling products and accessories, as well as some patience and practice, an assortment of different short hair updos are achievable. The best short hair updos are ones that flatter the wearer's face shape.

One of many available short hair updos is the knotted updo. If the hair is at least 3 to 4 inches (7.62 to 10.16 cm) long all over, this trendy style can be accomplished simply by tying small sections of hair into little knots all over the head and then securing them with jeweled or colorful pins. It is best to begin this process from the hairline and work inward toward the crown. This short hair updo should be sprayed thoroughly with a maximum-hold hair spray as soon as it is complete.

Another fairly easy-to-accomplish short hair updo can be achieved by curling the hair all over the head. Once curled, small sections of hair can be pulled up and back toward the crown, then clipped into place. This gives the impression that there is a lot of hair piled on top of the head.


Half short hair updos are ideal if the hair is cut into a short bob, which means that the hair is short at the nape and longer up top. These can be done two ways. First, the top two-thirds of the hair can be secured in a large clip or barrette, then the shorter hair around the nape can either be flipped up and out with a flatiron or simply allowed to hang. A second version of this style can be created by curling the hair with a curling iron or hot rollers, then securing the hair at the back of the head with a rubber band or barrette. The curls can then be fluffed out and arranged to cover the short hair at the nape of the neck, then sprayed to hold it all in place.

Short hair updos can also be created by utilizing clip-in hair pieces or hair extensions. To use these for short hair updos, all or most of the hair should first be secured with a single rubber band at either the nape of the neck or at the back of the head. Pins and clips can then be used to hold stray hairs in place. Once all of the hair is secured, a maximum hold hairspray should be used all over the head, especially near the rubber band, as this is where the hair piece will be attached; the extra adhesiveness will help the clip stay in place. Once the hair piece is secured, it can be shaped and styled to the user's liking.


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