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Quick Hairdos for Short Hair

Lauren is a busy mother of two magnificent children and loves music, food, and experimenting with her hairstyle.


My hair is on the shorter side, and I’m often at a loss with how to style it. When I had longer hair, I could just pull it up in a ponytail or a bun, and I’d be ready to go, but it’s not so easy with short hair. There are a wealth of hairstyle videos and tips and hacks out in the universe, but they all seem to be geared toward longer hair. So here are some quick and easy styles for those of us with shorter locks.

Hairstyles Across the Board

This first video is a compilation of all sorts of hairstyles, from a simple high ponytail and straightened teased hair to more elaborate styles integrating curls and braids. Some take a few seconds, and others require preparation the day before. If you're looking for basic, go-to styles, with a flair every here and there, then these are perfect for you.

Materials needed:

  • Brush
  • Clips
  • Straightening iron
  • Comb
  • Dry shampoo
  • Hair ties
  • Bobby pins
  • Curling iron

Using Bobby Pins

These are some fun and unique hairdos that showcase using bobby pins in dual functions: to secure the hair and also to add to the artistry of the hairstyle. They're great for anyone wanting to experiment or have a bit of fun with their hair, as a few of them go off the beaten path of hairstyle ideas. I especially appreciate that a few of these styles pin the hair all the way up since so many hairdos for shorter hair only pull the hair halfway up.

Materials needed:

  • Bobby pins in varying sizes and styles
  • Comb or brush
  • Hairspray


This video starts with a very clear tutorial on how to French braid, which is very helpful since it is a staple for hundreds of different hairstyles. These braided styles are more intricate and elaborate, but the instructions are very easy to follow, and they yield great results. With some practice, you’ll be able to do these hairstyles in just a few minutes.

Materials needed:

  • Texture spray
  • Hair ties
  • Bobby pins
  • Hair clips
  • Comb

Heatless Hairstyles

If you’re averse to heat on your hair or don’t want to take the time to use blow dryers or irons, this compilation of 15 styles will give you plenty of ideas without using heat, which is always optimal when you're trying to keep your hair healthy. Some of these hairdos are geared toward younger girls, but they would also work for women with a playful or free-spirited personality. This is also a great video if you’re already proficient at various braiding styles.

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Materials needed:

  • Brush
  • Hair ties
  • Bobby pins
  • Texturizing spray
  • Headband or scarf


Styling your hair with a scarf is always a fantastic idea when you have shorter hair. On those days when you only have a few seconds to get ready, a scarf can be a real lifesaver. They are extremely quick and easy since most of the time all you need is the scarf, and they usually add volume and variety. Plus, depending on the type of scarf, they can be congruent with casual and formal styles.

Materials needed:

  • Scarf
  • Hair tie

Using a Men's Tie

Alternately, you can use a men’s tie instead of a scarf. I've found that these are generally inexpensive at second-hand stores (often less expensive than a scarf), or you could always borrow one from your favorite male friend. I usually just wrap the tie around my hair and secure it with a simple knot, but if you’re feeling ambitious, you could tie it in the traditional way to give it a classier look. Since ties are generally slick, you might want to secure them with a few bobby pins.


Clearly, I am not the best hair model, but you get the general idea. Also, it'd probably be optimal to choose a shirt that matches your tie, and also be prepared to have the tie ends hanging down. It can be fun, but it also might be a bit cumbersome.

Hopefully, you now have a full arsenal of ideas when it comes to styling your short hair. Whether you do a twist on a classic or go for something completely new, these tips and styles will help save you time or help you stand out. What are your favorite hairdos for short locks? Comment below!

© 2018 Lauren Flauding


Lauren Flauding (author) from Sahuarita, AZ on December 19, 2018:

Thanks Nira! (I actually got a lot of good ideas while writing it!)

Nira Perkins on December 19, 2018:

This is such a great article. I love it and needed it!

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