Easy Updo For Short Hair

simple 5 minute updo perfect for short hair or long hair

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 every day 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!)

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 
  2. My hair was extra dry from a trip to the water park, so I also put on a leave-in conditioner. 
  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!

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What is your go-to summer hairstyle? Let us know in the comments below!

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  • Reply
    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

    • Reply
      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