Crafting a braid is a lot like creating a masterful sculpture: It takes a certain amount of time, patience, and arm muscle. Whether you recently underwent a drastic haircut or have always been a fan of short hair, we love braids on shorter cuts because they’re cute, spunky, and take less time to execute.
That’s why we gathered 18 of the best braids for short hair to try this year. From bohemian styles to elaborate zig-zag braids, we picked a variety of braids to help you channel your inner diva. Keep on scrolling if you want to slay new styles.
It’s no shocker that cornrows have remained popular for a very long time. The long-lasting and versatile braid is perfect for women of all different hair textures and lengths. For the best results, we recommend using the Mizani 25 Miracle Milk Leave-In before you begin braiding to help moisturize your strands.
If you’re someone who likes to keep your hair out of your face, this look is perfect for you. To begin, part your hair down the middle and craft two Dutch braids. Instead of braiding to the ends of your hair, however, secure each braid with a hair elastic at the nape of your neck to create cute little pigtails.
Faux-hawk Bun Braid
If you’re going to an interview or work event, this look is the perfect combination of style and sophistication. To put it simply, it’s a slicked-back bun with a cornrow down the middle of your head. We love this look because it allows you to add some personality to your everyday office style.
There are very few styles that can take you from the office to happy hour. Side braids, however, are a fun way to slay at your morning meeting and at the bar. If you’re looking to add extra flair, try accessorizing your look with metallic bobby pins.
Half Braided Space Buns
The year 2018 was all about space buns. In 2019, we’re taking that look up a notch with half braided space buns. This embellished rendition of the original look is super easy to create on short hair.
This braided bun is the epitome of bohemian style. It’s an effortless look that doesn’t take much time to recreate. Don’t worry if a few strands fall out making your bun appear messy! It’s part of the aesthetic.
If you want to get in touch with your inner rock star but are fearful of committing to a full-on mohawk, try a mini faux-hawk instead. It has all the edge of a traditional mohawk, but it allows you to keep all of your shoulder-length locks.
Wrap Around Braid
When in doubt, braid it out. This wrap-around braid is a quick style for anyone who pressed the snooze button one too many times. Your bed head waves are the perfect texture to complement this easy braid.
Peekaboo braids are the flirtatious sister of side braids. The two side Dutch braids give a similar effect of tucking your hair behind your ear—except you don’t have to worry about it continuously falling in your face.
There is no piece of art more beautiful than an intricate braid design. If you have a couple of hours to spare, ask your stylist to recreate these zig-zag braids. The time spent in the chair will be well worth it once you’re swimming in compliments.
If you’re an indecisive hair guru, this look combines two of the most favored styles. Meet the Dutch bun, which is merely the love child of Dutch braids and a messy bun. To recreate this look, part your hair down the middle and create a Dutch braid on each side of the part. Wrap the bottom parts of your braid into a messy bun, secure the bun with several bobby pins, and you’re good to go.
Half Up Braid
Having short strands doesn’t mean you get excluded from all the hair styling fun! You can still slay a gorgeous style by creating a half up braid. This particular braid starts and ends at the middle of your head and is a lovely way to style your shorter strands.
If you’re a braid enthusiast, you won’t mind taking the time to create this Victorian-inspired braided ponytail. If you really want to amp up the regal vibes, make sure to pair your style with statement earrings to pull the look together.
Voluminous Side Braid Ponytail
If you want to make your short hair appear more voluminous, start by adding a spritz of Matrix Biolage Styling Complete Control Hairspray and gently backcomb your mane. Then, take a small piece of hair from the side of your head and create a standard French braid. Lastly, tie your hair into a ponytail and let the compliments pour in.
If you’re having trouble mastering the art of braiding, don’t worry. Even those with the most clumsy fingers can recreate this look. Check out our step by step tutorial on how to style a half-up fishtail braid!
This braid looks like a gorgeous waterfall cascading into a blanket of lush hair. The best part about it is you don’t need long locks to show off this stunning technique.
We promise this style isn’t as intimidating as it looks. Start by parting your hair down the middle, creating two equal sections. One at a time, take a section of hair and create a standard French braid. Take one of the braids and wrap it around your head until the tail is laying on the crown of your head. Secure the braid with a bobby pin and repeat the same process on the other side.
If you like using hair accessories to amp up your look, try something new and make your braid your new accessory. A braided headband gives a gorgeous halo effect that will have everyone asking you for styling tips.
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