How to Style Short Hair with Bobby Pins, Part 1

Learn how to style short hair with bobby pins from stylist Joy La Rosa in this Howcast short hair tutorial, part one of a two-part series.


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So, I'm going to show you today how to style short hair using bobby pins. We're going to create a little up-do today. What I did is I already curled the majority of the hair. I think that's the best thing that you can do for short hair if you're trying to do any kind of an up-do look, would be to start with curly hair. The more texture, the better, and I would the focus the curl emphasis kind of on the top. If you can't reach, or you can't get any of the bottom to curl up, don't worry about it so much because we know that we're going to be pinning it. Just wanted to add a bit more texture here through the top. Because we're going to pin everything else up and this is what the majority of what we're going to see is. Whenever I use a curling iron, I always heat the center and the root of the strand the most, and I leave the ends for the very last piece. Helps you to get a longer-lasting curl that way and a more consistent curl, and a little bit more curl up top here. Remember, in this look, you focus the curls on the top section of the hair. Alright. So, now I have curled the majority of her hair. What I'm going to do now is I’m going to section it off into three different sections. I'm going to spin her around and I'm going to section the front off of both sides. Sort of this kind of large section here in the back. I'm going to then separate the hair into two sections back here. They don't have to be perfect sections. And I'm going to take the hair, and I'm going to start on one end, here, right behind the ear, and twist. Each time I twist, I'm going to add a little bit of hair in from the bottom. And then I'm going to occasionally take a bobby pin, and pin the hair in. I'm just going to keep doing that until I get to the center. So, all I am really doing right now is I am taking this hair on the very bottom and I'm tucking it in. And then this hair that falls over the top will kind of conceal everything that we're doing here. So, I'm going to take hair from the ear on this side, just twisting it really low here. And with short hair, the way I know I need a bobby pin is it starts to spring out and become a little bit too much for me to handle, it gets a bit unruly. So whenever all the layers start to flip out, that how you know you need a bobby pin. Then, I'm just going to take this very last section here in the center and pin it, too.


  • Joy La Rosa

    Known for her fiery red curls, Joy La Rosa is a vivacious and versatile stylist based in New York City. Her penchant for curly hair doesn't limit her creativity; she enjoys a variety of styles from the most carefree to the very bold. Her open-mindedness allows for a broad clientele, which she relates to with genuine amiability. As much as she loves to create, she also loves to teach, ensuring each client understands how to recreate the look at home. Inside the salon she’s a busy makeup artist and brow expert while outside she’s always seeking inspiration and new artistic outlets.