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How to Do a Braided Updo for Short Hair

Short Hairstyles

Bobs and lobs are two of the most popular haircuts of the moment. But while these ‘dos are super-stylish and on trend, it can oftentimes be tricky to put your hair into an updo with a shorter length. When you have longer hair, it’s easy to throw your mane into a ponytail or top knot and call it a day. But if you’ve recently made the chop and opted for a shorter haircut, you may be wondering what you can do to style your strands without having to use a ton of bobby pins to help keep everything in place. The good news is, it is totally possible to rock an updo when you have shorter hair, whether it’s shoulder- or chin-length. It’s all about finding the right style for your short haircut—and we’ve got just the one for you.

Whether you have a party to go to or are just heading out to shop with your BFFs, styling your short hair into a pretty braided updo can be all that you need to take your hair from looking ho-hum to looking gorgeous. In fact, there’s just something about braids that seem oh-so-chic, right? Yep, braids can basically transform any hairstyle into something a little more sophisticated-looking. Keep reading to learn about one of our favorite braided updo styles for short hair and how to pull off the look yourself. Let’s get right to it!

How to do a braided updo for short hair: Have short hair but not sure where to start when it comes to styling it into an updo? No problem! Just watch the video above for step-by-step instructions for creating a braided updo for short hair. Not only is this style easy to do—the braids give it a textured touch that’s anything-but-boring. Plus, braids are a great style to try when you don’t have time to wash your hair. So, if you have plans and are running late, turn your attention to this simple style. Because who has to know you’re on second-day hair? We won’t tell!

The L’Oréal Paris styling products you need for this braided updo for short hair: To create the braided updo in the above video, you only need two styling products: the L’Oréal Paris Advanced Hairstyle LOCK IT Clean Style Gel to help and grip and hold and the L’Oréal Paris Advanced Hairstyle LOCK IT Bold Control Hairspray to help keep your new ‘do in place. That’s it! Just make sure to keep a handful of bobby pins and a couple of clear mini elastics on hand as well to complete the look.

And there you have it! A totally sophisticated yet easy-to-do hairstyle for short hair. Pair it with your favorite floral summer dress and strappy sandals for a day out with friends or with casual streetwear for an outdoor brunch—it’s up to you! This style is versatile, so it really works with just about any outfit. You’re now ready to take on the day—so go have fun!