Easy Updo For Short Hair {Tutorial} {Video}

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simple 5 minute updo perfect for short hair or long hair

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It’s Summer- and that means my hair is-  a.) constantly dried out and damaged from the sun, pool, and beach, and b.) pretty much up off my face all the time. It’s just too hot to wear my hair down, and when the kids aren’t in school, I have a lot less time for getting ready. Besides, why do my hair everyday when we end up in the pool most of the time anyway?

simple 5 minute updo perfect for short hair or long hair

I do think it important to look my best, and it seems like Summer brings lots of fun events. That’s why I love this simple updo for short hair- it looks great wet or dry, it’s super versatile (I can wear it with my hair down, half up, or in a full ponytail), and it takes 5 minutes. What else could I want from a hair style? (Nothing, actually.) (Although, for a more complicated short hair style, check out my beach waves tutorial!)

all the supplies you will need to create a simple updo

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • 3 bobby pins
  • brush and comb
  • hair tie (optional)

Instruction for Updo:

  1. I prepped my hair by shampooing and conditioning with Schwarzkopf Gliss™ Ultra Moisture Shampoo and Schwarzkopf Gliss™ Ultra Moisture Conditioner.
  2. My hair was extra dry from a trip to the water park, so I also did theSchwarzkopf Gliss™ Ultra Moisture Anti-Breakage Treatment on my hair for added moisture. It was awesome.
  3. Air dry, blow dry, or just leave your hair wet. I flat ironed my hair this time because I wanted it extra smooth, but I often leave my hair curly or wavy and the look is super cute that way too. Here’s the tutorial:

First, part your hair naturally, or you can pick a side part too.

parted hair for updo


Section off about 2 ” of hair along the bang line. I start where my hair parts naturally, and then just take some more from the side.


sectroned hair for quick updo


Twist the hair away from the part, adding in pieces from behind as you go. Go as far back as you want.


twisting hair for easy updo



With one bobby pin, anchor the twist by pushing the pin forward in your hair. This will keep the style in place through almost anything (like an Enrique Iglesias/Pitbull arena concert. I swear- my hair did not move through 4 hours of dancing!)


anchor updo with a bobby pin


To further anchor the bang roll updo, push in two more bobby pins horizontal to your hairline, forming an ‘X’ with them on the top of your head.


x bobby pins for updo


Style as desired- you can leave the rest of your hair down, leave it half up, or put it in a full pony. Look how cute this is!!


final hair shot of easy updo

If you are still having trouble with this style, I created this short video that recaps everything. Check it out- and don’t forget to subscribe to the Pura Vida Moms channel too!

I prepped my hair for this style by using the Gliss™ Ultimate Moisture products because they are perfect for repairing dry hair (like mine gets in the summer!) I found the products right at Walmart in the hair care aisle. I used the Ultimate Moisture Shampoo and the Ultimate Moisture conditioner as directed, and then used the Ultimate Moisture Anti-Breakage Treatment as a deep conditioner for my hair. I left it on for about 5 minutes and then rinsed it out with cool water. The cumulative effects of the regimen left my hair super moisturized and easy to manage- perfect for styling!

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What is your go to summer hair style? Let us know in the comments below!

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  • Stephanie
    July 31, 2017 at 1:26 pm

    What a fun summer look. My hair is always pulled back straight into a pony tail or bun. I could definitely do something similar to this look even with long hair! #client

    • Christa
      July 31, 2017 at 2:51 pm

      Hi Stephanie- thanks for visiting! Yes- I love that it’s great for long or short hair, and switches things up a bit from the straight back ponytail that was my go-to for too many years to count! XO Christa