It is misleading to think that women with short hair are permanently deprived of the chance to have a stunning updo just because they lack proper hair length. It is true that long hair will allow the stylist to experiment on different braids and knots. However, shorter hair will allow you to experiment with lines and spikes that could give your updo a modern edge.
A word of caution: because of your hair's short length, they have the tendency to be "stubborn." That is, you may end up using a lot more elastics, pins, and styling gels to keep your hair in place. Patience is a virtue, especially in styling your short hair into an updo.
Short hair updos are usually more beautiful when made with curly hair. Before experimenting with a short-hair updo, prepare your hair by using rollers or a curling iron to create tight or soft curls - depending on the style and look you want to achieve.
For chin-length hair, you have the option of creating a half-updo, in which only half of your hair is secured at the back of your head while the rest frame the lower side of your face up to your neck. The hair at the back of your head may be wound around a spot to create a bun or fastening it in such a way that some of the ends stick out.
There are also ways to make your short hair appear longer when styled in an updo. You can do this the easy way by adding accessories such as scrunchies that are made to look like real hair. You may also want to have hair extensions, or a veil that can conceal the back of your head. For those who are feeling more courageous, you can fasten all your hair at the back of your head by sectioning it into small clumps first. Position the clumps in such a way that they are close to each other, and secure each clump with elastics. Pin those clumps together and style the "tails" any way you want.