7 Cool (and Easy) Buns That Work for Short Hair
As a girl with bob-length hair, I deeply relate to the struggle of waking up late and wanting nothing more than to throw your hair up in a messy bun, only not being able to do so simply because you don't have enough of it. Don't get me wrong, I love having short hair. But the messy-bun life is a life I sometimes miss.
The bad news is that creating buns with short hair isn't quite as effortless as it is for those with 12 inches to work with. The good news is that it is possible. In fact, it's more than possible. As long as you have an arsenal of dry shampoo, elastics, and bobby pins (the short-hair updo's best friend), your options for buns are wide open.
My fellow short-haired sisters, this one's for you. We put together a roundup of super-easy tutorials that will give you an adorable bun in five minutes or less, no matter your hair skill set. On the days when you don't feel like whipping out your curling iron or straightener, just turn to this list. Keep scrolling for your guide to pulling off buns for short hair once and for all!
1. Evenly apply a dry texture spray, like this one from Oribe ($44), throughout hair to add extra grip.
2. Gather your hair into a super-high ponytail, and secure with an elastic. Don't worry about making it neat!
3. Braid the ponytail all the way down, and tie it off with a clear elastic.
4. Starting at the base, coil the braid around itself, stopping every so often to secure with a bobby pin.
5. Once the braid is coiled all the way into a bun, secure with a few last bobby pins.
6. Pull out a couple of stray hairs to enhance the relaxed vibe.
7. Mist with a flexible-hold hair spray ($26).
8. Throw on a cute knotted head wrap, like this Urban Outfitters pick ($18), and prepare for all-day compliments.
Steal the Look
1. All the cool girls are rocking space buns this summer, and now it's your turn. Part your hair down the middle, and spritz Rusk's Texture Dry Finishing Spray ($18) all over.
2. Gather the hair from each side into a high, tight ponytail.
3. Coil each ponytail around itself, and secure with a few bobby pins.
4. The messier the better! Yank each bun outward for volume, and pull out a few loose strands to frame your face.
5. Mist all over with a flexible-hold hair spray, like this one from DevaCurl ($25).
2. Part your hair into four equal sections, two on either side of the front and two on either side of the back.
3. Take a section from the back and coil it around the base to create a bun. Secure with bobby pins.
4. Repeat with the other back section. You should be left with two untouched sections up front.
5. Pull one front section toward the back bun so it drapes over your ear. Coil the tail of that front section over the back bun, and pin in place.
6. Repeat on the other side.
7. Pull out a few face-framing pieces, et voilà!
1. Haven't you heard? The low bun is the infinitely cooler, chiller sister to the topknot of yesteryear. To achieve the look, lightly backcomb the hair at your crown for lift.
2. Gather your hair into a loose, messy ponytail on the nape of your neck. Just hold it for now; don’t secure with an elastic.
3. Using your other hand, twist the ponytail around itself to create a bun shape, and secure with pins.
4. Tousle the hair on top, and leave out a few short pieces in front for a no-frills bedhead look.
My Style Vita
1. This is the ultimate bun for short-haired girls. Start with unwashed strands. Doesn't matter how dirty.
2. Create two parts in your hair on either side of the crown. Try to keep the parts straight, since they'll be visible in the final look.
3. Pull the hair between the two parts into a high ponytail right on top of your head. Don't pull the ponytail through the elastic on the final loop; this way, you're left with a loose bun.
4. Tug the bun to make it fuller and messier. If you don't like the ends poking out of the bottom of the bun, simply coil them around the base, and pin!
The Right Hairstyles
1. This might be more of an updo and less of a traditional bun, but it gets the hair off your face in a chic way all the same. Start by parting your hair down the middle, and split it into two equal sections.
2. Backcomb the hair at the crown of your head to add a bit of extra volume.
3. Create a french braid on one side of your head, starting close to your face and finishing it out so you have a braided pigtail. Secure with a clear elastic.
4. Repeat the third step on the other side of your head.
5. Pull the end of the first trench braid behind your head, and secure with a bobby pin.
6. Do the same with end of the second braid, so it overlaps with the first, and secure with a final bobby pin.
7. Mist the braid with a medium-hold hairspray, like L'Oréal's Tecni.Art Infinium 3 Medium Hold Working Spray ($26).
Cupcakes and Cashmere
1. Polish meets effortlessness with this relaxed take on the traditional ballerina bun. First, gather your hair into a ponytail at the very top of your head. If shorter pieces fall out, pin them up to the back of your head with a bobby pin.
2. To make the topknot appear fuller, open the elastic and pull the hair up halfway through to create a loop.
3. Take the excess length left over from the loop and coil it around the base to hide the elastic.
4. Secure with pins, and add a spritz of your favorite hair spray!
Which short-hair bun is your favorite? Tell us in the comments below!