Instyler Style Guide

Love at First Sight: 15 Short Hair Updos & Haircuts

As Spring is quickly approaching it has become a noticeable trend that more and more celebrities are lobbing off their luscious locks. With warmer weather and a new season upon us, why not freshen up with a new look? Shorter hair equals lower maintenance and for any busy woman that is a huge selling point. However, it doesn’t mean you can no longer style your hair just because you have less to work with. Instead, it means you can rock styles like short hair updos, but it will not take hours to perfect as it did with a longer mane.

Heading to work? Running errands? Or hitting the town for a night out? No problem. Each hairstyle is quick, easy, and stylish. The best part is that it does not take a salon professional to achieve these updos and styles, and you can do them from the comfort of your home. Short haircuts for girls have never been easier to style and execute in minutes with the MAX 2-Way Rotating Iron ¾” barrel.

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Faux Side-Shave

Shaving part of your head is a huge commitment especially if you are the type that can’t even commit to weekend plans. The look, however, is too cute not to try. A simple solution is just to fake it! Celebrities like Rihanna, Pink, and Miley Cyrus pull the real deal off flawlessly and now you can too without having to take a razor to your head. For this look, it is best to style the day after washing it but you can also use dry shampoo to absorb the oil from your roots and give it better styling texture. First, section off one or both sides of your hair into one to three parts, twist or braid the strands and pin them back to achieve the side shave look Ashley Benson rocks so effortlessly. Finally, you can leave the remaining hair natural, add volume by curling and using hair spray, or straighten for a sleek look.

Slick it Back

For this look, you’ll want to have pin straight hair and pomade. All you have to do is straighten your hair (if it is not straight naturally) and brush it back. You can also use a teasing comb to add volume. Use the product to hold everything in place by rubbing pomade between your hands and running it through your hair. Celebrities like Juliane Hough, Emma Watson, Shailene Woodley have been known to sport this look on the red carpet a time or two.


Do not be afraid of short hair and bangs. If done correctly and styled with the right tools this look is classic. The key is to have them cut in a way where you can push them off into a side bang when need be, which also makes the hair cut more versatile. Taylor Swift made a statement with her bangs at the 2016 Grammy’s showing that this trend is truly timeless. Straightening your bangs at an angle to slightly curl them under will keep them out of your eyes and volumize the look.

Middle Part

Even though incredibly effortless, a deep middle part makes an extreme statement. Once the hair is parted, the remaining hair can be styled however you want or just left alone for a natural look and a day off from the hot tools. Try loose curls or uber straight hair for an extra punch. Lucy Hale and Zozia Mamet have made this simple look stunning, and it is an easily attainable hair style that you can do yourself.

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Beachy Waves

If you saw Kaley Cuoco at the Grammy’s, you’re probably dying to try her look at home on your own short locks. Her ombre adds dimension to this style, but any hair color can pull it off because it is so relaxed and natural. Khloe Kardashian, Dakota Johnson, and Jennifer Lawrence have also chopped their locks and have been frequently seen with this beachy look. With a waving tool like the MAX 2-Way Rotating Iron and a texturizing product, like sea salt spray, you can create loose curls that will set into a wavy look. Separate messy sections for curling as this style is not meant to be perfect. Finger through the strands and tousle the hair while adding more texturizing and hair spray for finishing touches.

Braided Updo

Braid your hair into a crown across your hair or a side braid on one or both sides. Bobby pin the braid in place and proceed to pin the rest of your hair up in a messy fashion. We recommend going with a bun or simply twisting the hair into coils to give more dimension to the back of the updo. Juliane Hough and Scarlett Johansson have perfected this look and have proven that just because you have short hair does not mean you can no longer put your hair up.

Faux Hawk

This rocker look can be dressed down with jeans and leather jacket or dressed up with a dress. Its’ versatility is what we love about it and why we see it on the likes of Rihanna, Miley Cyrus, Pink, and even Scarlett Johansson. Not only is it a popular flirty look, but it also gives your short hair tons of volume. To achieve this look, you will want to slick back the sides of your hair with mouse or any holding styling cream. Use a teasing comb and hair spray on the center of your hair to add volume. You will want to flip your hair over and spray underneath your hair for extra oomph. Comb the center all the way back making sure not to brush through it and lose the volume you just created. Add more hair spray, and voila!

Messy Bun

It is a common misconception that short hair cannot be put up into a bun. Victoria Secret Model Karlie Kloss defeats this myth by sporting short hair in every style possible. You too can make a messy bun look high fashion even if you are not walking the runway. Simply twist your hair into a bun and pin it in place in a low or mid bun. With short hair, there is going to be some fly-aways and hair sticking out of place, but just a couple extra bobby pins and some hairspray will keep everything in place. The key is to remember that it is supposed to be messy, so some misplaced hair is okay!

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Top Bun

This chic updo always looks sleek and sexy. You will want to pull your hair up tightly and apply pomade to slick everything back and hold it in place. Use a hair tie to arrange your hair into a knot using a strand of hair to wrap around the base of the bun. Use bobby pins to control fly-aways and apply hair spray as a finishing touch. It does not need to look perfect, and if hair is sticking out of the bun, it will look like you did that on purpose. Kylie Jenner, Hayden Panettiere, and Fergie frequent this hair style on both the red carpet and the streets of Los Angeles.

Messy French Braid

Even though Kylie Jenner has her own line of hair extensions, it has not prevented her from embracing her naturally short hair. She frequently shows off her fun, messy french braid on Instagram making this simple look extremely fashion forward. The trick is starting the braid off loosely at the top and braiding tighter towards the bottom. The top of your hair should have a tousled look with the end of the braid tout and sitting at the base of your neck. A small clear rubber hair tie and hair spray hold this style together.

Hollywood Glamour

There is nothing quite as timeless as recreating 1950s Hollywood hair styles. For this look, you will want to create a deep side part in your hair and slick the opposite side of your hair half way back by pinning it or using holding cream. Let the rest of the hair fall then part it into larger sections. Using the MAX 2-Way Rotating Iron create large, loose curls. This style will give off that Marilyn Monroe vibe that Jennifer Lawrence has been able to achieve with her short do.

Straight and Simple

Straight hair can be negatively referred to as flat but if done the right way it can be elegant or edgy depending on the outfit you pair it with. Between Beyonce, Kate Bosworth, and Sarah Hyland we see this hairdo frequently done yet it is quite underrated. It’s simple to style and always produces fabulous results, making this one of our favorite do’s for short hair. On long hair, it can appear stringy but with shorter and thicker hair, it looks voluminous and chic. You can achieve this in one of two ways: by straightening your hair with a styling tool straight down or at an inward angle giving shape to your face. Use a frizz easing serum and hair spray to finish off this straight style.

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Sleek Pony

Women with short haircuts like Emma Stone show that wearing your hair in a ponytail is not just for girls with long hair or extensions. For optimal results, it is best to sport the updo the day after you washed your hair. Pull your hair into a low ponytail resting at the base of your neck. To achieve this sleek look, pull the hair tight and use pomade for holding. For day-after washed hair, you can also use dry shampoo at the roots while styling to absorb the oil and give it the extra texture to make it easier to pull it back. You can wear your pony curly or straight just as long as you get that sleek look at the top of your hair. To add volume, tease the back of your hair before tying it up then use mouse or hair spray to smooth everything out.

Side Swept

Anne Hathaway’s super short hair may scare some people away from trying this short haircut out for themselves. Yet it can still look feminine especially with side swept bangs. Simply part your hair with a deep side part and straighten the hair and bangs all to one side. A little hair spray to hold the fly-aways and you’re done. It’s that easy!

Crimped Curls

For this look, you want to use subtle curls to mimic the appearance of crimps. Take small strands, from the root to the end of the hair, curl so that you have created small loose curls all over the entire head. If you’re looking for extra volume, flip your hair over and apply hair spray. Then continue to spray the rest of your hair so that the curls do not fall out throughout the day. Beyonce has been known to show off this look on the red carpet. But just because Queen B dons this style does not mean this is not achievable at home. Using the MAX 2-Way Rotating Iron ¾" barrel you can easily do this on your own.

If you have short hair, these hairstyles are sure to make you love your shorter locks. Looking to make the crop? These style options will further convince you to make the cut as this trend is starting to heat up as we head into Spring and Summer. The best part? It will not take hours for you to try these styles yourself. Whether you are wearing your short hair up or down the MAX 2-Way Rotating Iron is a perfect tool to get that star-studded look in minutes.