5 Easy braids for short hair

All Things Hair Team | 12 February 2019

Add texture, body and playfulness to your short and flat tresses. Here are easy braids for short that can do just that. Let’s get you started!

It’s not just long-haired gals who have all the fun. Short hair is in, and there’s a lot you can to do to keep your look fun, hip and fresh!

Braids, in particular, never go out of style. They also have a feminine flair about them. With so many kinds of braids to choose from, what are some of your best options? We handpicked five easy braids for short hair to add oomph to your chopped locks.

Look amazing with these easy braids for short hair

Easy braids for short hair: Closeup shot of a Vietnamese woman with short dark hair
Braids for short hair? Totally possible and totally chic. Credit: Shutterstock

1. Side French braid

This braid is best for you ladies on the go. Simply do a side part and do a small French braid by gathering your hair on one side. Once you reach four to five inches worth of braids, stop and secure with a bobby pin. This instantly creates a no-fuss look that’s neat, pretty, and understated—perfect for any event, even for a job interview or a presentation!

Easy braids for short hair: Closeup shot of an Asian woman with short black hair with micro braids looking to the side
Tiny side braids make for an edgy short hairstyle. Try this ‘look now.

2. Micro braids

Kind of like cornrows but not quite, these micro braids are perfect if you’re about to paint the town red. They keep the side of your hair away from your face, while letting the other side dangle, thus giving your hairstyle bounce and movement. If you’ve ever thought of getting an undercut but weren’t sure if you’re ready for the big change, then this style might just be your key to the transition.

TONI&GUY Sea Salt Texturising Spray

Editor’s tip: The key to a well-defined braided hairstyle is texture. TONI&GUY Sea Salt Texturising Spray lets you style damp and dry hair with ease, so don’t forget to spritz this on your locks before styling. 

Easy braids for short hair: Closeup shot of an Asian woman with short black hair in crown braid
Make your hair your very own crown by creating this braid.

3. Crown braid for short hair

If you grew up reading fairy tales and fantasized of being a princess, then a crown braid brings you a step closer to looking more like your favorite heroines. Simply gather hair from the top of your crown and start doing a loose plait on each side. Secure with a bobby pin and voila! Cinderella, is that you?

Easy braids for short hair: Girl with purple short hair in Dutch lace half braid
Chic and laidback, this hairstyle also jazzes up colored hair. Credit: Shutterstock

4. Dutch lace half braid

This is probably the next best thing to a half-ponytail, since it still lets you show off your hair’s length, while adding oomph with an accent braid. Looks even more amazing if you’ve got highlights that peek through the plaits.

TRESemmé Instant Refresh Dry Shampoo

Editor’s tip: Did you know that day-old unwashed hair is braided hairstyles’ best friend? Clean hair and add body without water with TRESemmé Instant Refresh Dry Shampoo.

Easy braids for short hair: Closeup shot of a woman with short dark hair in two braided buns
Not a hair out of place with two neat braided buns. Credit: Shutterstock

5. Twin braided bun

Clean and slick, this look pulls hair away completely from your face, letting your features claim the spotlight. Do small braids on both sides of your hair and coil and tuck at the back into small buns. This hairstyle lets you move without worrying about moving a hair out of place!

TRESemmé Freeze Hold Hairspray

Editor’s tip: Keep your braided bun from unraveling by finishing with TRESemmé Freeze Hold Hairspray

Create these braided hairstyles with the following products:
TONI&GUY Sea Salt Texturising Spray
TRESemmé Instant Refresh Dry Shampoo
TRESemmé Freeze Hold Hairspray

Simple and sophisticated, braids are an effortless way to incorporate girlishness and spunk without requiring a lot of tools. It turns your hair into your very own best hair accessory! There’s no limit to the many combinations you can do for your tresses. Have fun and experiment!

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