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Pinned Up Styles for Short Hair

Pinned Up Styles for Short Hair
Trendsetting: rather than fully pinned up, actress Sarah Paulson wears her wavy bob pinned back on one side
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Short hair, grand entrance! From weddings to summer parties to barbecues – you are invited but in need of hair styling inspiration? After all, you hair is short and the possibilities are limited... Wrong. Presenting fantastic pinned up styles for short hair: braided, clipped, twirled and really easy!

  • This summer, your hairdo is the leading element of your style! From an open centre parting to the popular boho chic or a sporty braided hairdo (such as boxer braids) in the popular athleisure trend – you can set the right fashion accents with a suitable hairstyle.

    But on hot days, pinned up hair is still an ideal option. You think women with short cuts don't have as many styling options? Not so! Sophisticated updos are possible even with short to mid-length hair. Sarah Paulson is a prime example. The actress keeps reinventing herself and her chin-length bob. From glamorously twirled to casually tied, her short haircut is anything but one-sided. Our absolute favourite among Sarah's looks for hot summer days and cool summer nights proves it: the wob with faux side cut.

    Another benefit of pinned up styles for short hair: they are quick and easy to style thanks to the reduced length.

  • Step-by-Step Instructions: Pinned Up Style à la Sarah Paulson


    1. Knead volumising foam into towel dried hair.

    2. Form a low side parting, apply heat protectant to your hair and blow dry it. Run your fingers through the lengths rather than using a brush. 

    3. Then create gentle waves with a curling iron.

    4. Once you have finished curling, run your fingers through your hair again and shake it up a bit to make the waves appear softer. 

    5. Rub a pea sized amount of hair gel between your fingers and use it to style the right side of your hair back several times – only at the hairline, leaving out the ends so they stay nice and wavy.

    6. Secure the hair you styled back with hair clips, apply hairspray to the hairdo and you are done!
  • Have you developed a taste for pinned up styles? Visit our gallery to see the best ideas for short hair.

  • Pinned Up Styles for Short Hair

    Pinned Up Styles for Short Hair

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    Elena Perminova: Braided and Tied

    Model Elena Perminova demonstrates how impressive shorter hair can look with a playful pinned up style. The blonde bob with sophisticated braiding at the crown transitions to a hip hair knot. No long mane required, quite to the contrary: loose strands that are chin length at most make this hairstyle that much more modern and cool.

    How it's done: work some dry shampoo into your hair for added grip and easier styling. Part off the fringe and pin it aside for now. Gather the lengths at the back of the head and tie them high up into a hair knot. Comb the remaining fringe hair straight and braid it back into a French (or Dutch) braid. Pin the end of the braid so it is hidden. 

    Pinned Up Styles for Short Hair

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    Kate Mara: Side Braid

    Looks like Kate Mara just cannot choose between a pixie and bob. The actress merrily switches between the short cut and chin length hairdo. She is a true styling pro with both lengths: while she tends to wear the pixie with a natural look, she is open to playing around with the bob. Small braided inserts on the sides and at the hairline romantically frame the look – the perfect hairstyle for events like a relaxed summer party!

    How it's done: apply a tennis ball size amount of mousse to your hair for extra grip. Form a low side parting and part off a strand, respectively from the hairline and on the left side. Braid both sections along the scalp in the French style. Secure each braid with a hair clip and tuck the rest of the hair behind your ear with some gel.

    Pinned Up Styles for Short Hair

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    Lucy Hale: Twirling Technique

    Quick twist: 'Pretty Little Liar' star Lucy Hale twirls her short hair for all she is worth! Styling her chin length bob into a creative pinned up hairdo makes her look sensational. The actress adds an extra twist with the messy look: the wilder the twirling, the more exciting the hairdo! This hairstyle works for big events too (and on the red carpet).

    How it's done: prepare your hair with some dry shampoo to make the twirled strands last especially well. Divide the hair into small sections and start twirling. Secure the individual strands with hair pins (tip: in the hair colour) around your head and let this short pinned up style work its magic!

    Pinned Up Styles for Short Hair

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    Rachel Evan Wood: Retro Look

    Rachel Evan Wood balances an exciting retro look with romantic summer styling. The actress styles her blunt cut bob into a glamorous, voluminous half-up that looks discreet yet highly fashionable with the short haircut. A fabulous look for your best friend's wedding!

    How it's done: work some dry shampoo into your hair for the right grip. Apply some volumising spray and pin the fringe to the side. Then tease the top hair up strand by strand using a styling comb. Slightly brush out the teased hair and secure it into a loose half-up with hair clips. Finally brush (and perhaps blow dry) the fringe and the rest of the hair at the back of the neck and apply gloss hairspray to finish!