How to braid short hair like a true stylista

Beth | 11 November 2018
How to braid short hair: Collage of three photos of All Things Hair Global Senior Producer Elise with a half-up Dutch braided bun on her short wavy bob hair
10 mins Style Easy

And there you were thinking you couldn’t braid short hair 😉

All signs show that the short hair trend isn’t going anywhere. So whether you’re a recent convert to the short hair life or you were rocking a bob long before J Law and the Kardashians made it cool, you’re probably wondering how to braid short hair – or whether it’s even possible in the first place.

First of all, to answer your question, yes it’s completely possible and to prove it, here’s one of favourite ways to braid short hair, a half-up braided bun.

So, if you like what you see and want to recreate it yourself, hit play on the video above or read on for the step-by-step.



8 steps to creating a stylish half-up braid on short hair



How to braid short hair: Photo of All Things Hair Global Senior Producer Elise using a comb to section her short dark wavy hair
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Section your hair.

Ready to learn how to braid short hair? Start things off by using a comb (fingers are fine, too) to section off a horseshoe-shaped area of hair, from your crown to your temples.

 

How to braid short hair: Photo of All Things Hair Global Senior Producer Elise using a comb to backcomb her hair to add texture
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Tease your hair.

Next, tease this section of hair with your comb from the ends of your hair towards the roots. This will give your locks more volume and added texture. 

You can read all about how to tease your hair here, if you’re not sure.

 

How to braid short hair: Photo of All Things Hair Global Senior Producer Elise dividing a section at the front of her hair into 3 sections
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Divide the front section into 3.

Take a 2-3 inch section of hair from the front and divide this into 3.

 

How to braid short hair: Photo of All Things Hair Global Senior Producer Elise doing a half-up Dutch braid on her hair
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Start braiding

Start to braid your hair by passing the right section of hair under the middle section (this is known as the Dutch braid method) and repeating this with the left strand.

Continue braiding, adding in more hair from either side as you weave.

How to braid short hair: Photo of All Things Hair Global Senior Producer Elise with a half-up braid on her short dark wavy bob hair
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Secure with a hair tie.

Once you’ve reached the back of your head, tie the loose ends of your braid into a cute messy bun and secure with a clear hair elastic.

Don’t worry about being too neat with this as it’s as it’s meant to be a casual hairstyle, after all.

 

How to braid short hair: Photo of All Things Hair Global Senior Producer Elise pulling apart her half-up braids
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Pancake your braids.

Don’t worry, we’re almost there and it’s pancake time! No, we’re not talking about those kinds of pancakes (sadly).

Pancaking is a way of making your braids look thicker and more plumped-up (those braids you love on Pinterest? they’ll all have been pancaked). All you need to do is gently pull on your braids from either side until you’re happy with them.

How to braid short hair: View from behind of All Things Hair Global Senior Producer Elise spraying VO5 Ultimate Hold Hairspray on her half-up braided short dark wavy hair
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Spray with hairspray.

Now all that’s left to do is to spray your hair with the VO5 Ultimate Hold Hairspray to make sure it’s locked in place and lasts all day. You can leave the rest of your hair as is, or use a curling wand to add in a few tousled waves

How to braid short hair: Side profile photo of All Things Hair Global Senior Producer Elise with a half-up braided bun and wavy bob
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Final look.

And there you have it, a fun and stylish way to braid short hair for every day, and all in under 10 minutes. So, the next time you don’t know what to do with your hair, try this!