You don’t need us to tell you that braided hairstyles are highly coveted these days, with everyone who’s anyone rocking a woven look, especially over the summer festival season. Yet while you gaze around, you’ve probably realised that it’s mostly those with Rapunzel-worthy locks who have braids – but with our round-up of easy braids for short hair, we’re proving that no one has to miss out this season!
Easy hairstyles, braids, short hair; not exactly words you would associate together, but once you’ve seen our gallery, above, you might just have a change of heart.
13 (actually doable) easy braided hairstyles for short hair
1. Half-up, half-down double Dutch braids
Boxer braids are a summer staple, but if your hair is too short (or you’ve got layers), it’s not always so easy. If you’ve been struggling, you’ll find you can get the same effect (and not have to worry about it falling out!) by tweaking it into a half-up version like this one instead. Problem solved! Credit: @hannahh_b00o
Editor’s tip: You may not know this, but braids are actually great on day-old, unwashed hair. Just spray the TONI&GUY Sea Salt Texturising Spray to give your hair a little more grip and add more texture.
2. Accent braid ponytail
When it comes to easy braids for short hair, accent braids are a good one to have up your sleeve on days you’re feeling uninspired. Whether you’re wearing your hair up or down, adding in a quick micro braid detail is sure to add a stylish edge. Credit: @alex_haircraft
3. Headband braid
4. French pigtail braids
They look great, obviously, but did you know that French braids are also pretty much life-proof? The tighter you do it, the more durable it’ll be (great for the gym), but for a more casual finish, you can do it a bit looser. Credit: @melangesalon
5. Pull-through half-up bun
If you get frustrated when braids don’t go your way, the pull-through braid might be a mane-changer for you. They basically give you the look of a braid, but with no actual plaiting required – the dream, right?! Credit: @beckahere
Sound too good to be true? It’s not! Learn how to do a simple pull-through braid with our how-to.
6. Twisted bun
Another easy braid for short hair is this twisted bun, it’s super effective when you’re short on time but still want your hair to look ‘done’.
Just start twisting two sections of hair together, adding in a little more hair from the surrounding area as you twist. Then, just tie it all together in a bun for a classy updo. Credit: @hair_do_salon
7. Mix and match half-up
What do you get when you mix all of your favourite braids together? A masterpiece, that’s what! The next time you have a spare couple of minutes to do your hair, get creative by working 2 different braid looks together and see how it turns out. Twists and a fishtail? Waterfall and Dutch? So many combinations, so little time! Credit: @linguagem_feminina
8. Chunky side braid
If you can tear your eyes away from this Instagrammer’s fab pink hair hue for a second, you’ll notice how incredible her chunky braid is. By opting for a thicker weave for her braid, she’s showing off her gorgeous hair colour to the max and creating a true statement style – kudos! Credit: @roc_coco_salon
Editor’s tip: For a flawless frizz-free finish, we’d recommend trying the TONI&GUY Shine Gloss Serum. Giving your mane control and shine, the lightweight formula won’t leave your hair feeling weighed down.
9. Braided bridal hair
Simply create a single braid from a middle parting and secure the tips discreetly under your curls. It’s sweet, subtle and oh-so-romantic! Credit: @emmaellalouisecox
10. Double braids
Are you looking for easy braided hairstyles for short hair that can be created in a matter of minutes? Then look no further than this stunning double braided style.
Created side by side along the top of your head, these simple 3-strand plaits make for double the fun and double the style points! Credit: @onelittlemomma
11. Half-up, half-down braid
Just because your locks are slightly shorter, that doesn’t exclude you from having unruly strands! So when you want to keep it under control (and show off your styling skills) we suggest trying this half-up, half-down look.
12. Twisted braid
Make your braided hairstyle stand out by going for the uber-popular rope braid. Not sure where to even start when creating a rope braid? Then once again you’re in luck as we have a step-by-step guide to show you how. Credit: @xandervintage
Editor’s tip: Lock your braided ‘do in place with a generous spritz of the VO5 Wave Creation Hairspray. Not only will its lightweight, ultra-brushable technology help you create sultry texture and bouncy waves, it also gives an invisible, workable hold that’ll last all day long!
13. Cornrow braids
Cornrow hairstyles may not be anything new, but this hard-hitting style has recently seen a huge resurgence with celebrities – and even on the catwalks.
Draw inspiration from this Instagrammer and team your short hairstyle with a single cornrow braid on the side or, if you’re really in need of a steadfast ‘do, go for a full head of cornrows like Kylie Jenner. Credit: @annarussett