Tutorial: 3 Easy (and Stunning) Braids for Short Hair

by Katharine McEntee

No matter your hair length, braids are a great way to highlight texture, create a polished updo or style second-day tresses sans heating tools. And while braids are commonly associated with medium- to long-haired locks, that doesn’t mean that short-haired gals have to miss out on all the hairstyling fun.

Contrary to popular belief, ladies with short tresses can rock a braid just as well as the rest of us, if not better. Take, for instance, Ruby Rose, who has worn her asymmetrical pixie in cornrows, or Sienna Miller, who has been known to sport a plait or two with her short ’do.

While braids may seem more intricate when woven into shorter tresses, we’ve made it easy for ladies rocking lobs and bobs, with step-by-step instructions for three different short hair–specific braids. Watch the video below to learn how you can re-create them:

1. Macramé Braid

1. Part your hair: Depending on the look you are going for, you can start with a middle part or do like the model above and begin with a naturally parted ’do.

2. Add texture: If you have smooth silky hair, add Amika Perk Up Dry Shampoo ($10) to the area you are braiding, as this will give your hair grip making it easier to braid your tresses.

2. Create a three-strand braid: Start a braid near the front of your part by grabbing three small sections of hair and intertwining the outer sections over the middle, until the braid nears two inches from your ends.

3. Scrunch the braid: Once you finish your braid, hold the middle section of your braid while simultaneously pinching the outer sections and sliding your fingers in an upward motion to create a slightly shorter, more voluminous braid.

4. Secure the braid: Fasten your braid with a bobby pin or decorative clip like this Jen Atkin x Chloe + Isabel Crystal Pavé Fan Pin Set ($24).

6. Loosen the braid: Gently pull on the outer edges of your braid to create a more lived-in look.

2. Wraparound Braid

1. Part your hair: Depending on the look you are going for, you can start with a middle part or do like the model above and begin with a naturally parted ’do.

2. Create an inside-out three-strand braid: Start a braid near the front of your part by grabbing three small sections of hair and intertwining the outer sections under the middle section while simultaneously adding hair from outside the braid with each loop. Do this till the braid nears two inches from your ends.

3. Secure the braid: Wrap the braid around your head, and fasten with Conair Curved Bobby Pins ($3).

4. Repeat on the other side: On the other side of your part, repeat steps 2 and 3.

5. Loosen both braids: Gently pull the outer edges of each braid for a more lived-in look.

3. Dutch Braid

1. Part your hair: Depending on the look you are going for, you can start with a middle part or do like the model above and begin with a naturally parted ’do.

2. Create a three-strand braid: Grab three sections of hair near the front of your part. Following your hairline, intertwine the outer sections over the middle section while wrapping in new hair from the left and right with each new loop.

3. Keep adding hair: Wrap in new hair with each new loop until you’ve reached the ends of your hair or the back of your head.

4. Secure the braid: Fasten the braid at the nape of your neck by pinning it in place with bobby pins. Finish off the look with R+Co's Outerspace Flexible Hairspray ($29).

Voilà! Three gorgeous braids for short hair. What hairstyles do you want to see in our next video tutorial? Let us know your thoughts below!

Credits: Director and Editor: Clarence Fuller, Videography: Eric Foster, Producer: Adam Hammer, Model: Chloe H at Industry Model Management, Makeup: Afton Williams, Hair: Justine Marjan, Styling: Morgan Bogle, Nails: Destinee Handly

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