Short Hair Braids: 12 Cute Styles for Your Hair Length

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All Things Hair

Got short hair? We’ve got braids! Add all of these short hairstyles with braids combos to your hair style arsenal this season.

Looking for a way to mix up your short hair? We love the way stunning braided hairstyles can liven up your short locks without doing much work. Plus, who says you need more hair in order to create an eye-catching look? This is where braids come in to save the day on your shorter mane. No matter the length of your hair, with a few under-over weaving motions you’ll be rocking an array of short hairstyles with braids. So keep reading to check out some of our favorite ways to rock braided hairstyles on short hair.

Short Hair Braids: 12 Easy and Stylish Looks to Try

Short hair braids: chunky accent braid on short hair
Embrace boho vibes with a loosely woven accent braid.

1. Loose Accent Braid

We’re suckers for braids for short hair that evoke some serious Bohemian vibes and this loosely woven braid will do just the trick. To bring this look to life add a texturizing product, like the Bed Head by TIGI Joyride Texturizing Powder Balmto your damp hair. The product will start off as a balm and quickly turn into a powder as you massage it into your roots and down the length of your strands. Once your hair is prepped, simply loosely weave a braid and tug it apart for a thicker look. In order to keep up with carefree boho vibes either use a clear mini elastic and wrap a thin strand of hair to conceal it, or simply let your braid hang naturally.

short hair braids: headband braid on short hair
A headband braid gives your short style a simple stylish update. Photo credit: Dvora

2. Braided Headband

We know we’re not the only ones who hate that mid-day headache that’s pretty much inevitable with a typical plastic or metal headband. And that’s exactly why we’re huge advocates of short hair braids like this braided headband. All you’ll need is a pack of bobby pins and a little hairspray–we recommend the Dove Style+Extra Hold Hairspray to lock this style in place.

short hair braids: cool underneath braids
Cool underneath braids you’ll want to show-off. Photo credit: Verity Jane Smith

3. Braided Messy Bun

Some days you just want to whip your short hair back into a messy bun and go on without a care in the world. We’re all about lazy day braided hairstyles for short hair but we’re specifically into styles that are easy to create with minimal additions. And what better way to make a messy bun more eye-catching than with a couple accent braids wrapped around the hair tie? Easy peasy.

short hair braid: waterfall braid on purple hair
Want a girly braid for shoulder length hair? Try this waterfall option.

4. Waterfall Braid

Despite how difficult this medium-length hairstyle appears to be, it’s actually quite simple to master after your first attempt. To get the waterfall look, you simply start weaving a french braid and after each link of the braid, gather new hair for the next. If you need a bit more of a walk-through, check out our article how to do a waterfall braid.

short hair braids: cornrow style on natural hair
Sporty and chic braided style. Photo credit: Verity Jane Smith

5. Thick Braided Cornrows

Cornrows have a rich history in natural hair and are the perfect everyday look. To keep your rows extra nourished, be sure to use a hair oil, like the Suave Professional Moroccan Infusion Styling Oil, which will provide your hair with extra moisture and shine.

short hair braids: fishtail ponytail
Stylish idea for basic ponytail hairstyles on short hair.

6. Fishtail Braid Ponytail

Ponytails are a go-to look for any day or time but sometimes they don’t seem quite dressed up enough. To nip that issue in the bud, weave your pony into a fishtail braid and secure it with a mini elastic that is clear or matches your hair color.

short hair braids: under braids on short hair
Party at the back braided style.

7. Underneath Braids

We’re all about making statements. What better way to ensure everyone will watch you as you go than with this triple upside down braided ‘do? This is such a cool short braids style! What looks like just a pony in the front is quickly upended as soon as someone gets a peek of that party in the back.

how to get short hair braids with cute braided bangs
The original braided do.

8. Braided Bangs

Braided bangs are the ultimate in easy pretty braids for short hair. They are so great because your hair really only needs to be a few inches long to do it. Bonus: they are awesome for second or third-day hair. Just spritz in a little bit of the TRESemmé Fresh Start Basic Care Dry Shampoo to help refresh your hair. Then, once your hair is prepped, follow our braided hair tutorial to help you to create braided bangs.

short hair braid: curly updo with braid
Spruce up your curly updo with a fun braid.

9. Itty Bitty Braided Updo

If you have shoulder length hair you can totally do create updo short braided hairstyles. The tricky thing with doing any kind of updo, including top knots and ponytails on short hair are those short little hairs around your neck. They are a little bit too short to reach the top of your head! So, combat that problem by utilizing braids for this little-known benefit. You’ll need to braid your hair upside down. Which isn’t all that hard really. You’ll just need to be confident enough in your braiding abilities to do it without a mirror. Then once you’ve braided your hair upwards you can style it however you like. We’re partial to the mini bun, it’s just so cute!

Twisted short hair braids
Do the twist (on your hair). Photo credit: Dvora

10. French Twisted

This French twisted braid means business. It’s got that extra polished look that regular braids can sometimes miss. We like French twisted braids for short hair because they look sweet but, mature at the same time. They are perfect! They do tend to be a little slippery though, especially with straight hair. To make sure your hair will stick in this perfectly twisted style all day, prep it with a little bit of S Factor by TIGI Creamy Molding Wax. It’s got enough hold to make a difference without making your hair stiff.

Then, just like our first braid you’ll part your hair and choose a small section from the front. Then, instead of doing three strands, you’ll do two. Twist the strands, then add a small section of hair, and twist again. Keep on going till you reach your ears then secure with a bobby pin. Quickie style, big effect.

Messy short hair braids
Cute braided hairstyle trend we are all about.

11. Messy Braided Bangs

The one thing that can get tough with braiding styles for short hair, is that they are hard to shake up! What can you do that is dramatically different than a braid or a twist? Well, you can always mess it up. We’re totally into the messy hair don’t care look for 2017. It’s like model off duty hair, but with a little more effort. To get this look, follow our short hair braid tutorial.

Before you braid and call it a day, mess up the style a little bit! We like to tug a little bit on different strands to create an uneven effect. You could always start with extra textured hair by gently teasing the strands of the braid. Whichever technique you choose, rock it with style!

short hair braid: accent braid on blonde hair
Add a teeny-tiny accent braid to your short style. Photo credit:

12. Skinny Accent Braid

If you’re looking for cute braids for short hair, try out this totally sweet accent braid. And yes, you can get it to look this neat, too. This simple three-strand short hair braid creates a cute and subtle statement in your hair. Pro tip: After creating your accent braid, finish up with a hearty spray of the TRESemmé Tres Two Freeze Hold Hairspray to set it with a strong hold.

Love short hair braids but want to know a few other fun ways to rock short hair? Check out our feature on some of our favorite short hair ideas for fall. And be sure to find more braiding hairstyles for short hair on our Braids page!

All Things Hair
All Things Hair
13 April 2017