Easy Messy Updo for Shorter Hair

Easy messy updo for shorter hair (click-through for the full tutorial) Whenever I cut my hair shorter, people inevitably seem to say, “Oh that will be so much easier!” The idea is usually that shorter hair will lead to a shorter morning routine and less upkeep.

But in fact, I find shorter hair is so much harder to deal with—and I don’t think I’m alone! With short hair, you can’t just throw it up in a bun or ponytail (unless you deploy an army of bobby pins), which means you have to style it every morning.

Sure it doesn’t take as long to dry, but a bad hair day is also harder to hide! I do have a few quick styles I learned though that will give you a chic ‘do with minimum time and effort, like today’s messy updo that only needs a few bobby pins and will actually work better if your hair is a bit on the messy and dirty side.Easy messy hair updo (click-through for the full tutorial)Step One: Take a section of hair from the top of your head and twist it. You want less hair than if you were doing a half updo.

Step Two: Back comb the twist a bit, and then twist it into a messy bun. Insert a bobby pin or two to hold in place. If it feels loose, take it down and backcomb it a bit more, then try again. The backcombing really makes this style hold.

Step Three: Take another section of hair under your first twist and twist that. Backcomb it, spin it into a messy bun, and pin in place.

Step Four: Take your remaining hair, twist, backcomb, and pin.

Step Five: Insert any additional bobby pins if necessary, and mess up the hair a bit to keep it looking soft.

Easy messy updo (click-through for the full tutorial)That’s it! I only have to use around five bobby pins, and this look holds all day long. The backcombing is definitely the trick to keeping everything in place. This look really works even when your hair is super messy or more textured and doesn’t take much longer to do than a regular bun.

So in this case, you can have your cake and eat it too, or rather your shorter hair and your easy morning routine! Cheers, Rebecca.

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Credits//Author and Photography: Rebecca Stice. 

  • It’s beautiful, I love Updo hair styling. Thanks Rebecca for sharing these tips

  • Love this, where do you get your hair inspiration from?

  • Thanks for the great tip. The hair color is beautiful and the overall outcome is quite impressive.

  • Love this post! Thanks for sharing and please take a minute to check out my lastest post too if you can.

    Looking forward to your next one 🙂 xxx”

  • This is beautiful! And you’re right, shorter hair is much more exhausting than long hair!

  • This is so fun and cute! I totally want to try and do this!


  • Such a cute look! Love your hair colour as always!

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  • This is such a classic look I love it! I always find it hard to get the right kind of styles when I cut my hair, but this is lovely!


  • Love this hair colour!!

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    Have a lovely day! MG

  • So true – a couple years ago I chopped off my hair and even though I LOVED how quickly it dried, I had to style it every day or else it would be a big pouffy helmet on my head. It was cute but too much work, haha.

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