A few weeks ago, I chopped off my long-ish hair into a short/medium-length lob. Getting rid of my dead ends felt great, and I love my cut – it’s trendy, it’s fun, it’s simple to work with, and it looks a whole lot healthier. My main issue? My hair, which is layered, is now too short to do much with. Updos are difficult without a minimum of 100 bobby pins, buns are nearly impossible, and even my ponytails look stubby. But the worst thing is that I haven’t been able to braid my hair in a long time. I love braided hairstyles, but they don’t exactly mix with short hair.
Or… do they? After seeing a few snaps of some cool braids in short hair on Instagram, I decided that it definitely couldn’t be impossible. I searched Pinterest for the best options, and I found a bunch of different tutorials and photos for inspiration that proved to me that you can definitely do braids with shorter hair, as long as you’re willing to get a little creative. The following list is a collection of cool braids for short and medium-length hair to show you that, if you have this cut, you don’t just have to leave it down all the time. Here are a few easy and cute braided hairstyles for short hair that you definitely need to try – I know I’m going to!
1. A Messy Braid Crown
The easiest way to do braids for shorter hair is to do a half braid, or to only use part of your hair, which makes it easier for it to stay together instead of falling out. This braid crown is easy and cute.
2. Dutch Braid Pigtails
Yes, you can still do this super trendy look with short hair. Your Dutch braids will just be messier and a lot tinier. Let some strands poke out as needed, and use bobby pins to keep things in place. Stop behind your ears instead of braiding further down.
3. Dutch Braid Updo
You can also try a similar style, which is using half your hair to create two Dutch braids, then clipping the shorter bottom half up, and then tucking it all in. This is a super versatile hairstyle to know.
4. A Small Side French Braid
Instead of trying to get your layers into a larger braid, focus on a smaller one that will be easier to manage. To get this look, do a side part. Collect as much as you want on the side, then tightly braid it into a tiny French braid, going back to just beyond your hair. Clip it into place, then let strands fall over it.
5. Side French Braid
Or you can try this very similar style that’s basically just flipped. Do another side part, but instead of braiding the side with less hair, braid the side that ends up with more hair. Take your hair along your forehead and do a French braid back to just beyond your ear. This one should be more loose and messy, and you can pull at the pieces to make it look bigger.
6. Half Up Braid
A small half braid is super simple. Pull your hair back on either side of your face, then collect it all in the back and do a small braid, stopping wherever you’d like.
7. Side Braid
If you don’t know how to French or Dutch braid, just do a regular side braid like this one. You can clip it under the hair or over it.
8. French Braided Ponytail
This style is good for more of a medium length. Part hair into three sections, then French braid each section tightly, ending them right in the middle of your head. Keep each in place with a small hair tie, then collect all the leftover hair into a ponytail.
9. Waterfall Braid
A loose waterfall braid is unique and surprisingly easy to do with shorter lengths.
10. Ladder Braid
You can also do a half up ladder braid, which looks sophisticated and so pretty, especially with shorter lengths.
11. Side Fishtail Braid
For something more unique, try a side fishtail braid using a small section of hair.
12. Braided Top Knot
For something even more different, try doing a small French or Dutch braid down the middle of your head into a messy half top knot. So cute!
13. Half Up Fishtail Braid
If you can, do a half up fishtail braid. It looks cooler than your average half up braid, and it’s easier than you think.
14. Two Dutch Braids
The video in the link above shows you how to do this tousled updo, which is great for second day hair.
15. Double Braided Buns
Even short pixies can be braided! Try these two French braids into tiny little top knots. Bonus points if you have a dog this cute.
16. A Braided Headband
Lastly, a braided headband is great for getting hair off your face and still looking cute.
Which one of these braided styles for short hair is your favorite? What did we forget to add? Share in the comments.