Short hair looks carefree and chic, but after chopping off their tresses, most girls are faced with a lack of hairstyling options. Especially the go-to hairstyle of almost every girl - the good old bun. It's very versatile, you can wear it to the gym, while going grocery shopping and even on a date, because let’s face it, no one can ever go wrong with a bun. This quick and easy hairdo goes with every outfit and hair length. Yes, that’s right, short hair buns exist, all you need is a little inspiration and a step-by-step tutorial to get it right.
Calling all short haired sisters! We’ve put together not one, but seven amazing and easy to achieve buns for short hair that are anything but boring! You can achieve each of these hairdos in five minutes or less, so bookmark this list right away!
- 1. Low messy bun
- 2. Sleek top knot
- 3. Textured low bun
- 4. Half-up undone bun
- 5. Space buns
- 6. Accessorised bun
- 7. Loose side bun
1. Low messy bun
Image courtesy: @polishedstylejustine
Messy buns can be as casual or classy as you like, the best thing about these buns for short hair is that the messier it looks, the better. It is quick and can be easily achieved in five minutes or less.
Step 01: If you have silky straight hair, start by spritzing some texturizing spray, this will give your hair bun a messier look.
Step 02: Use your fingers to comb through the hair, avoid using an actual comb or hairbrush as doing so will make your hair look structured and therefore sleek.
Step 03: Grab all the hair into a ponytail, don’t worry if you leave out a few tendrils, it will only amp up your final look.
Step 04: Divide the ponytail into two sections, then wrap the first section around the base, secure with bobby pins.
Step 05: Take the second section and wrap it around the base too, but in the opposite direction, secure this in place.
2. Sleek top knot
Image courtesy: @racheljanefisher
It might be hard to imagine your hair being away from your face in a sleek hair bun when you have short hair, but it's not impossible. With the right tutorial, you can definitely ace the sleek short hair bun.
Step 01: Start by combing your hair to remove knots and tangles, if you have slightly wavy hair, you will first need to straighten it using a flat iron.
Step 02: Apply a good amount of hair gel or styling mousse to get that sleek look.
Step 03: Now gather all your hair at the top of your head. Comb carefully and hold tightly. Secure with a hair tie.
Step 04: Twist this small ponytail around the base and secure using bobby pins.
3. Textured low bun
Image courtesy: @lindavsalon
There’s nothing quite as classy as a textured low bun. This bun for short hair requires no products or styling tools. In fact, it's so simple you can do just looking in the rearview mirror of your car, of course, after you’ve parked.
Step 01: Using your fingers, gently comb through, then part your hair at the centre or on the side, as you wish.
Step 02: Gather your hair at the nape of your neck into a loose ponytail and secure using a hair tie.
Step 03: While taking your hair through the second loop of the hair tie, don’t pull it out completely, let it hang slightly like an undone bun.
4. Half-up undone bun
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Half-up buns for short hair are quite the trend right now. We’ve seen so many girls with short hair sport this look on Instagram. After all, it's easy, looks effortlessly stylish and can be done in two minutes or less.
Step 01: Comb your hair using a brush to remove knots and tangles.
Step 02: Part your hair into two sections, roughly gather the front section at the crown and secure using a hair tie.
Step 03: Don’t pull out your hair completely through the second loop of the hair tie. That will give it the undone look.
Step 04: Leave the rest of the hair loose.
5. Space buns
Image courtesy: @mina1003
What’s better than one bun? Two, of course! Don’t worry, no one is too old to sport the space buns hairdo. In fact, we believe it is the perfect bun for short hair. Don’t believe us? Try it for yourself!
Step 01: Start by parting your hair into two sections, one on top and the other, at the bottom.
Step 02: Now part of the top/crown section at the centre to get two more sections.
Step 03: Take the first/left section and tie a ponytail, twist it at the base to form a bun and secure with bobby pins.
Step 04: Repeat step 03 on the other section of hair. Let the lower section of hair loose.
Step 05: Spritz some hair spray to keep it in place.
6. Accessorised bun
Image courtesy: @drea_darling
Here’s a fun updo you can wear on a casual day out with your girls. Accessories can be a fun and easy way to spruce up any hairdo. Especially if you have curly or wavy hair. Want to know how to achieve this fun looking bun for short hair? Read on.
Step 01: Gather all your hair at the top of your head, keep it messy.
Step 02: Using a hair tie, secure it into a ponytail, then twist the length on the ponytail around the base and secure again with bobby pins.
Step 03: Take a bandana or colourful head scarf and gently tie it around the bun.
Step 04: You can leave the look at that, or use the space below the bun to stack more accessories like stylish, bling-y hairpins.
7. Loose side bun
Image courtesy: @marlahounshell
Now, this hairstyle requires some effort, but it looks classy and can be worn on special occasions too. Have an event or special date coming up? This is the hairstyle you should go for. Get your tools and styling products because this side bun is gonna turn you into a hairstylist!
Step 01: If you have thin or limp hair, start by spritzing some volumizing spray all over your hair.
Step 02: The top section of your hair needs to look smooth and polished, so grab that flat iron and straighten the top half section of your hair.
Step 03: Leave the front section loose, about 2-3 inches, and gather the remaining hair at the side to tie a loose ponytail.
Step 04: Backcomb the ponytail to tease and create volume, then tuck the ends into the hair tie around the base and secure using bobby pins.
Main image courtesy: @anushkasharma
Written by Sanya Hamdani on Sep 29, 2020
Sanya Hamdani is a skincare enthusiast and lipstick hoarder, she truly believes no two red lipsticks look exactly alike. With a Master's degree in Communication & Journalism and 5+ years of digital writing experience up her sleeve, Sanya has some of the biggest beauty experts in the country on her speed dial. When she's not swatching products or writing about the latest trends in beauty, you will find her watching F.R.I.E.N.D.S. or cooking up a storm in the kitchen.