How to Put Short Hair Up

Updated July 20, 2017

Short hair can often cause some styling problems. Updos can help push hair out of your face or just tame it when it refuses to behave. No matter what length your hair may be, there is an effective way to look attractive as well as have your hair up and out of your face. The following tips will guide you in finding the perfect look for your short hair.

Work with wet hair. Whether you shower at night or the morning, if your hair has dried by the time you want to put it up, use a spray bottle to dampen your hair.

Work with a styling gel. If you have hard-to-manage hair, gels will work wonders with getting your stubborn hair into place.

Tie your hair back. Depending on the length of your short hair, you may need a ponytail to put most of it up. Use a comb to pull the hair comfortably back. This will let as much hair as possible stay inside the ponytail.

Using either pins or clips, fix the wisps of hair back in the direction of the ponytail. Even though your short hair may appear to be secured in the ponytail, it's quite possible it will slip out if it is short. The clips and pins will allow for either a decorative or an understated look while holding your hair up in place.

Spray with hairspray after your hair is set in place.

Add a scarf or headband to spice up your short hair. It can also make a great accessory to any outfit.


Match your decorative clips, scarf or headband to a complimentary colour in your outfit. A small colour addition will pick up the other colours in your outfit, eyes and hair.


When using hairspray, make sure you do not spray your scarf, headband or decorative clip.

Things You'll Need

  • Spray bottle
  • Comb
  • Styling gel
  • Ponytail holder
  • Hair clips
  • Clips
  • Scarf
  • Headband
  • Hairspray
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Susie Keenan began writing professionally in 2007. She attended the Rochester Institute of Technology studying psychology, music and American Sign Language. Currently she is pursuing her master's degree in primate behavior at Central Washington University. She interns and researches at the Chimpanzee and Human Communication Institute, where she cares for chimpanzees who communicate using signs.