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A Simple Braided Updo for Short Hair

Some #hairspiration for your next summer wedding.

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I have short hair not because it looks better on me than long hair, per se, but because short hair is easy. Most days, I air dry it and go. It's a little wavy and has plenty of volume.

Friends with long hair often tell me they don't want to go short because there isn't much you can do with it. But there is! French twists are far easier to do with short hair. So are updos like this

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The latest addition to my repertoire is this braided updo from YouTube vlogger team BeautyByAlyssaAndNic. You start by side-parting your hair (though I'd probably go with a center part) and French braiding each side, then pinning it under. So simple, you almost don't need to watch the video, depending on your level of skill.

As an FYI, you will need hair that hits the top of your shoulders — which is longer than mine at present, but give me six weeks.