One of the biggest draws of short hair is that the upkeep is super easy: I can just get up, make sure there are no weird pieces sticking up, and be out the door.
But sometimes, we chicas with cropped ’dos want to shake up our looks. And in those cases, it can feel like we don’t really have much to work with.
Luckily for you (and me), plenty of fashion vloggers out there have found ways to work with the locks they’ve got. First, go out and buy a stockpile of bobby pins—they’re short hair’s best friends. Then, watch these videos for some easy updos for your chopped-off tresses.
1. The Faux-Ballerina Bun
Ever get a little jealous of girls who can just pile their long locks on top of their heads in big ballerina buns? Kate from ghostparties. found a way to create the same effect with chin-length locks.
Perfect For: Lazy weekends and after-work errands
What You Need: An elastic, a fine-tooth comb, and bobby pins
2. The Framing Braids
Braids are another thing you may feel like you’re sacrificing by cutting off your hair, but think again! In this video, British blogger Meg from Lips so Facto shows how she created mock milkmaid braids.
Perfect For: Date nights and weekend outings with your girlfriends
What You Need: Two elastics and bobby pins
3. The Twist-Back
Sometimes, a girl just wants to get her hair out of her face, and unfortunately, those of us with short hair can’t resort to the ponytail. This easy solution will take you two minutes and a handful of bobby pins, and keep your hair out of the way while still looking sleek.
Perfect For: Busy days at work when you don’t have time to worry about your hair
What You Need: Just bobby pins!
4. The Basic Bump
This is another easy solution for keeping your hair out of the way, but it adds a little volume around the face as well. And with only three simple steps, you’ll have this look together in no time.
Perfect For: Looking simple and sleek for an interview or important meeting
What You Need: Bobby pins and hairspray (optional)
5. The Pixie Solution
Don’t think we forgot about you, super-shorties! While you’re definitely more limited in your options, this video shows you six different styles—ranging from sleek to rocker—that you can easily style with your pixie hair.
Perfect For: Everything from the boardroom to the dance floor—this video has looks for any situation.
What You Need: Gel, pomade, a fine-tooth comb, and a blow dryer
6. The Easy Up-Do
Everyone needs a go-to solution for those days when your hair isn’t quite cooperating, and this one is mine. It’s so simple that it doesn’t even need a video! Head over to the ModCloth blog for instructions and two more great short-hair styles.
Perfect For: The mornings you decide last-minute that your hair can’t be down
What You Need: A hairband, bobby pins, and hairspray (optional)
Photo of woman with short hair courtesy of Shutterstock. Photo of easy up-do courtesy of ModCloth.