It's a common misconception that updos for short hair are a rare breed. Sure, you might not be able to achieve a super-long, flowing high pony or thick, bountiful, wrapped-around topknot with your shorter strands, but that doesn't mean you have to resign yourself to a life of wearing your hair down.
As we're about to prove by way of a whole heap of updo inspiration, there are approximately a gazillion (or thereabouts) ways to wear your short hair up—which will come as great news if your Christmas party is right around the corner or you're just looking for something to extend your hairstyle repertoire. From curly loose buns to retro sculpted quiffs via tight and neat chignons, keep scrolling as we call upon a lineup of short-haired celebrities to prove that there's just so much that can be done with short hair.
Kristen's style has the look of an '80s pop star about it, which is helped along with the blonde pieces throughout her naturally darker hair. Here, she pinned the front section back to give it some height and then teased the sides down behind her ears.
A great example of an updo for short Afro hair, here Nyong'o had super-cropped sides that made way for loosely sculpted hair on top.
Pulled in at the sides and left a little loose at the top, Jennifer Lawrence's quiffed style's pretty similar to Kristen Stewart's before, but as she had slightly long hair, it's tucked under and pinned up at the back. Try Oribe Dry Texturizing Spray (£41) to get that windswept texture up top.
With a strict side parting and glossy finish, Kerr's low bun looked super polished, but with a little lift at the front courtesy of a slightly looser section, it took away some of the strictness of the style. Tigi Bedhead Headrush Shine Spray (£13) is really good for getting that mirror-like gleam.
Even if you don't have hair that flows right down to your hip bone, a high pony can be super flattering. Here, Bella Hadid swept hers back with a tight grip and ironed over the lengths with a straightening iron (we'd always recommend GHD V Gold Classic Styler (£135) to form this curtain of glossy hair.
It's rare that you see Alia Shawkat's hair up, but we love this half-up, half-down style that's created by using only a handful of kirby grips. Simply pin pieces back from the hairline, allowing them to remain slightly loose to give the crown of the head height. A comb like GHD Tail Comb (£8) will help you tease everything into place.
Cleo Wade's curls looked cute left loose around the hairline and tied into a loose bun at the back. Try Boucleme Curl Defining Gel (£15) to give curls a fighting chance at holding their shape.
There's something rather retro about Samira Wiley's rockabilly quiff, which happily works on all hair textures. What you'll need is plenty of hair grips, hair spray and a whole heap of elbow grease to sculpt hair into that wave formation.
Another low bun here on Rooney Mara, but this time she opted for a strict centre parting, and the bun itself is like a knotted plait. Not sure if a centre parting will suit you? We can help you there.
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