Braids always make a major impression, highlighting your hair's natural texture and color while masking any signs of a bad hair day—without washing or heat-styling your hair.
However, there's a common misconception that braids only work for medium-length to long hair, keeping those of us with bobs, lobs, and pixies from fulfilling our full braided potential. Our job is to dispel that myth. Below, we've collected some major short-braid inspo—proof that girls with short hair don't have to sacrifice the style.
Keep scrolling for 10 inspiring short-hair plaits to try.
There is a special place in our hearts for crown braids, and this braided headband is no exception. Tame flyaways and make sure your strands are shining with OGX Renewing Argan Oil of Morocco Penetrating Oil ($8).
Ruth Negga looked so beautiful in cornrows at the 2017 Met Gala. Celebrity hairstylist Lacy Redway explains her process: "I started out by sectioning her hair into 1 1/2 inch sections with Harry Josh Pro Tools Carbon Tail Comb ($20), I used a bit of water on each for section to add grip on her type 3 hair-type which is also short along with R + Co Motorcycle Flexible Hair Gel ($26) to make sure the braid would not unravel or loosen."
This macramé braid is a gorgeous extra accessory to any piece-y lob.
For those of you growing out a pixie cut or managing a short bob, try a loose French side braid. Before braiding, be sure to apply John Frieda Luxurious Volume Thickening Mousse ($7) for volume.
Give the standard half-up hairstyle a cool-girl upgrade with this half-up braided topknot.
Issa Rae can do know wrong in our eyes—she's constantly switching up her hair and showing off her awe-inspiring glow. Here, she wears cornrows along each side and highlights her natural texture on top.
To secure bangs out of your face, try this plait with your short 'do for an unexpected twist. To keep the style frizz-free, comb through with Living Proof No Frizz Nourishing Styling Cream ($37).
A solo side braid is always a reliable option when you're stumped for ideas. We love the super-sleek shine of this look. Replicate it with Kenra Professional Platinum Silkening Gloss ($22).
What are your favorite braids for short hair? Tell us in the comments.
This story was originally published on April 26, 2015, and has been updated by Kaitlyn McLintock.