15 Cute Hairstyles for Short Hair to Try ASAP

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This post will show you 15 cute hairstyles for short hair.

Cute hairstyles for short hair - photo of a woman wearing her short hair half up in a claw clip
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Are you tired of just wearing your short hair down every day? If this sounds like you, it’s time to get out of your hairstyle rut — there are so many cute hairstyles for short hair that you need to try!

When thinking of some new hairstyles to try, you should always figure out which ones will work best with your hair length. I’m sure you’ve watched hair tutorials and been frustrated that they would only work on long hair. It’s definitely hard to switch up short hair sometimes.

But, don’t worry because we are here to help. There are actually so many trendy and fun hairstyles that you can totally wear with a shorter hair length. You just have to know right ones to try!

Looking for some super cute hairstyles for short hair? Don’t worry because this post will show you 15 of the cutest hairstyles that everyone with short hair will love!

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15 Cute Hairstyles for Short Hair:

1. Space Buns

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You probably have seen this hairstyle recently! Space buns are a very trendy hairstyle right now.

If you are wondering if you could pull them off with short, layered hair, you totally can! It may seem like this hairstyle is for people with longer hair, but if you follow this tutorial, you will have space buns for short hair in no time.

To get this look, spray some dry shampoo and brush out your hair. Then part your hair down the center and make two pigtails with clear elastics on top of your head. Pull your hair out a little and tease the pigtails for volume.

To create the buns, just twist the pigtails around and pin in place with bobby pins, then spritz with hairspray. So easy!

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2. Waterfall Braid

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If you love the look of braids, you may also be wondering what kind of braided hairstyles you can do on short hair. Don’t worry because there are so many different kinds!

For example, one hairstyle that includes braids that totally will work for short hair is the waterfall braid. I think that this hairstyle is so adorable and it is the perfect hairstyle for everyday outfits and looks!

If you have straight hair, you could even add some curls to your hair to spice this hairstyle up even more.

3. Front Dutch Braid (AKA Crown Braid)

Crown Braid Tutorial for Short Hair

If you are looking for a braided hairstyle for short hair that would work for fancier events, you should totally try the crown braid. This kind of hairstyle combines a braid with an updo to create an elegant hair look.

This may sound difficult to do, but don’t worry because this tutorial will show you exactly how to get the perfect crown braid on short hair! If you know how to french braid, you’ve got this.

4. Elegant Bun for Short Hair


For those of us who like wearing our hair up, a bun is always a good option. However, wearing a bun if you have short hair may seem impossible. You might be surprised to learn that there are elegant bun hairstyles that work for short hair!

It all depends on what kind of bun you are doing. If you have short hair, I highly recommend going for this rolled bun hairstyle. This will make putting your short hair into a bun so much easier!

Also, if you are worried about a bun hairstyle looking too casual, this hairstyle will be perfect because it creates a more fancy look for your hair that isn’t too prim or proper.

5. Scarf Hairdo for Short Hair

3 SCARF hairstyles for SHORT HAIR | Tutorial

If you are also looking to add accessories to your short hair, you totally can! In particular, I love rocking scarves with short hair.

You may be wondering how this would work with short hair, but there are actually a couple of different ways that you can style your hair with a scarf. For example, you could tie part of your hair up into a half updo using the scarf as a bow.

You can also check out this tutorial, which shows a couple of different ways of styling short hair with a scarf.

6. Beach Waves for Short Hair

How I style my short hair| Beach Wave - Hair Tutorial

If you have straight hair or if you are just obsessed with curls, you may also be wondering how to curl short hair. Sometimes curling short hair can be tricky because you don’t want to make your hair look too thick.

Therefore, you will have to pick the correct kind of curls for your short hair! I would recommend going for beach waves like in this tutorial. Beach waves are more of a subtle curl, but they will still give you that curl that you will love for your short hair.

7. Half Updo

Quick Half Up Hairstyle for Short Hair

Another great hairstyle that has been around for while that would totally work for short hair is the half updo!

Half updos are a great hairstyle to wear when you are going to a fancier event because they are so elegant. But, you could also totally wear them for your everyday activities. I love wearing a half updo because it is super easy to do and takes no time!

And, don’t worry because for those of us with short hair, this hairstyle will also work for you! Just watch this quick tutorial on how to do a half updo with short hair and you will be good to go.

8. Hair Clip Hairstyles for Short Hair

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One other kind of hairstyle that has become popular recently is using hair clips or hair barrettes. It’s so trendy and we’re obsessed with this look here at CF.

This is one of my personal favorite hairstyle ideas for short hair because there are so many different kinds of cute hair clips and barrettes to choose from.

Not sure how to rock those barrettes? If you are looking for some cute hair barrette hairstyles to try out for your short hair, watch this tutorial which shows you multiple ways you can use hair clips or hair barrettes on short hair!

9. Short Hair Ponytail

My 5 Minute Ponytail Routine (Short Hair) - KayleyMelissa

Everyone knows that one of the most popular go-to hairstyles for everyday looks is the ponytail! If you have recently cut your hair short, you may have already given up on the idea that you can pull off a cute ponytail.

But, surprise — you still totally can, you just have to know the right way to do it to make your short hair look super cute in a ponytail!

If you need a quick and easy way to do this hairstyle, watch this tutorial which will show you how to get the ponytail hairstyle for short hair in no time.

10. Dutch Braids for Short Hair

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If you really like doing hair and want to try out something a little bit more complicated, you could totally go for a more intense braid for your hair!

Dutch braids are definitely an option because they look super cute and will even work on short hair!

However, if you are not as familiar with doing braids, you will definitely want to watch a tutorial like this one to figure out how to do them on your hair.

What’s great about dutch braids is that they work perfectly for short hair because most of the braids are close to your scalp. Therefore, even if you have super short hair, this hairstyle will still work for you!

Make sure to watch this tutorial a couple of times to get the technique down. You’ve got this.

11. Messy Bun for Short Hair

Short Hair Messy Bun Tutorial

Another great hairstyle for everyday looks is always the messy bun! This type of bun look is not only look perfect for everyday looks, but also, if done just right, it can work for dressier events.

Even though this hairstyle sometimes looks as though there was little to no effort put into it, it can be difficult to get the perfect messy bun. (I know you all know the struggle.)

To get a voluminous, messy bun with your short hair, start with dry shampoo, brush, and then follow up with hairspray for extra volume and texture. Then, pull your hair up into a standard messy bun with a hair elastic. Finally, use a clear elastic and bobby pins to pin up any hair that is still hanging down in the back. So simple!

12. Elegant Updo for Short Hair

Simple Updo For Short Hair! (2023)

Everyone knows that updos are always a great option for fancier events, such as prom or weddings. These hairstyles are a bit more detailed, but that doesn’t mean that you can’t achieve the perfect updo hairstyle for short hair!

What’s great about updo hairstyles is that there are so many different kinds of updos that you can do. You just have to figure out which one works best for your hair length and the type of hair that you have.

One great option is including braids in your updos. For example, this hair tutorial shows a super cute updo option for short hair which includes a pretty braid going up the back of your head.

This is just one of the many options of updos that you could totally try on your short hair! If you love braids, you could even incorporate more braids into your updo looks to spice it up even more. Or, you could also make your hair look even fancier by adding some fun accessories like hair pearls or flower barrettes.

This will be the perfect hair look for whenever you need to go to a fancier event, even if you have short hair.

13. Bubble Braids


You probably have seen this kind of hairstyle a lot recently. I have never seen this hairstyle before, but the bubble braid hairstyle is super popular right now and it is so adorable!

All you will need to get this hairstyle is some regular hair elastics or you could even go for some fun hair elastics like the colored ones to make this look even more fun! You also need a teasing comb to make really precise parts in between your hair sections.

To get this look, you basically part your hair into sections going backwards and put a hair elastic on each. Then, you start to pull out hair from the sections to create the “bubbles”. Finish with hairspray.

This is my favorite kind of bubble braid hair look because you will be able to incorporate the braided style, while also being able to wear part of your hair down to create a girly look!

14. Half Up Top Knot


If you love buns, another way that you can incorporate the bun hairstyle into your hair looks for short hair is by putting your hair up into a half updo with a bun.

This is another super easy hair look that will look great on short hair and is perfect for everyday activities!

If you want to get the perfect half up top knot for your short hair, just watch this tutorial for all the steps.

15. Half Up Ponytail


I am sure you have seen this hairstyle before, it is the half updo with a ponytail. If you love Ariana Grande, you know that she made this hairstyle super popular!

And, while Ariana has her trademark extensions (You like my hair? Gee thanks, just bought it.), don’t worry because it will totally look adorable on short hair as well! I honestly think this hairstyle looks even better on short hair because it creates a cute, youthful, and girly look.

If you want to know how to get the perfect half-up ponytail on your short hair, watch this quick and easy tutorial! All you need is a brush and a hair elastic.

Which of these cute hairstyles for short hair is your favorite?

What hairstyle are you excited to try? Where will you be wearing this hairstyle?

6 thoughts on “15 Cute Hairstyles for Short Hair to Try ASAP”

  1. So every time I need to brainstorm some last-minute hairstyles, to spice up my look, I never have any good ideas. When I try to look some up, the hairstyles don’t really work with my type of hair, and most of them look really complex and “too much” and look like they take too much time. So I end up with what I had originally. If anyone has any suggestions for me, please help and reply. I would greatly appreciate it. I’ve been dealing with this for a long time now. I have shoulder-length hair, naturally curly, with loose curls, hair type, dry. aaand I’m lazy. Thank you!


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