In the past few years, short hairstyles have well and truly come into their own – bobs, lobs and pixie cuts have entertained the mainstream, sported by everyone from our fave celebs and it-girls to our coworkers and friends. We love the low-maintenance, casual-chic vibe of shorter hairstyles (not to mention the hours you save hairdrying), but it can definitely be a challenge styling them up for formal occasions.
Never fear, we’ve combed the beauty pages for ideas and inspiration, and are ready to share four gorgeous yet easy-to-create looks. Perfect for the next time you have a wedding, graduation, or are just feeling a little fancy!
With a few waves of the curling wand and a bit of texture, you can make a simple half-up hairstyle look positively angelic. The possibilities are endless – weave two mini braids from the front of your face and fasten them with a cute pin at the back of the head, or fashion a loose, messy bun. Elevate this hairstyle by using a statement jewelled clip, or adorn your braids with flowers for a festival-ready look.
2. Simple and sleek low bun
It doesn’t get easier than this classic, effortlessly sophisticated look. When you’ve got short hair, it’s far easier to pull it into a bun at the nape of your neck than at the middle or top of the head. The trick to elevating this style is making sure that you’ve got it as sleek as possible, so make sure to use a smoothing cream to tame flyaways or lock it all down with hairspray.
Side braids do double duty for fancy short hair updos. Not only do they look gorgeous, they keep particularly short pieces of hair and flyaways away from the sides of the face, eliminating the need for dozens of bobby pins (that you inevitably lose).
To ensure the braids stay in place, texturise your hair first with sea spray or dry shampoo. Then, simply braid along the sides of your head until you reach the nape of your neck. Secure the remaining hair with bobby pins, and voila – now you look like you’ve just stepped out of a fairytale.
The prohibiting factor encountered by us short-haired gals when it comes to many traditional bun updos is that our hair simply isn’t long enough to pull into a single bun. So here’s a fun hack that solves this problem while providing a zany twist on this classic look – mini stacked buns! Simply separate your hair into three ponytails, one on top of the other running down the back of the head, and then wrap them into miniature buns before securing with pins. It gives a great casual, freewheeling style that’s perfect for a cocktail party or beach wedding.