I’ve received a lot of requests for styles for short hair. While I’m willing to help you all out, I specifically started this site as a blog for long hair tutorials because all the styles I could find online were for shorter hair that didn’t work for me.
I’ve tried to do some short-hair tutorials, but my shorter-hair friends and family aren’t available for tutorials pictures that often. And I’m just better with long hair because that’s what I have and can play with whenever I want. ; )
In answer to some of your questions, I have never donated my hair, and it’s always been long. Well, as far back as I can remember. For proof, here’s a picture of me when I was nine years old. (Because I’m the only redhead in my family, and neither of my parents have red hair either, they didn’t want to cut it. My blond sister, on the other hand, grew up with Shirley Temple ringlets.)
I’ve done styles for my short-hair friends for plays, reenactments, and formals, and there are ways to adapt long hair techniques. So, for those of you who want to try my styles with shorter hair, here are some ideas to try.
- Any of my styles with pinrolls/pincurls will probably work.
- Try the buns as half-ups or any of the regular half-ups.
- Use ropes instead of folded twists.
- For a larger braided bun, start with a french braid, and then wrap the tail next to it like this.
- If regular updos don’t work because your hair has layers, secure it in 2-5 ponytails on the back of your head where you want the bun. Twist, braid, or rope braid each section and wrap them around each other. (I did this once on a girl with barely shoulder-length hair, and it turned out like a really cool Edwardian up-swept chignon.)
To show you some of these ideas in practice, this is a style I did for my friend Jordan who’s hair is below-shoulder length.
Photograph courtesy of Jordan’s dad
I divided her hair into four sections with a center part and an ear-to-ear part and rope braided each section. With each of the back ropes, I made a bun. I crossed the front ropes to between the buns and then wrapped them down and around.
For more tutorials, these sites are helpful.
- In Timely Fashion— Edwardian and Regency
- Jessamyn’s Regency Companion–Regency
- Strawberry Koi— 1930s-60s and one Titanic-inspired
- Graceful Lady— Really cool crown braid for ultra-short hair (link in side area for part 2)
If you have anything to add, please leave a comment!