Short hair is great to have. It is easy to maintain, effortless if you want it to be, but can also be glammed up if you’re into type that of thing. Sometimes the same simple lob or pixie cut can get boring though, so why not amp up your style by adding in some braids. That’s right, you don’t have to have long flowing hair to rock an awesome braided look. These looks can go from really simple, to something amazing and Instagram worthy that all your friends will bu buzzing about. In the end braids are fun, decorative, and super functional so we can see why you would want to incorporate one into your hairstyle ASAP.
Take a look at our 30 favorite braid styles you can wear with short hair.
1. The Half Braid Pony
This style looks great on almost anyone and is perfect to wear if you have a nice lob. The braid starts off as a french braid and then you tease your ends so they stick out a bit. You can use a little hairspray to help hold everything in place but part of the look is to have that messy feel. Leave a little bit of hair out around your ears and curl it forward to keep that messy feel going. Secure the ends of your braids with some clear pony tails, and your look is complete.
2. The Braided Bob
3. The Dutch Braid
The dutch braid is a really cute style and will draw a lot of attention to your hairstyle. Wear this dutch braid off to the side of your hair to help keep your hair away from your face but still looking cute. Part your hair to one side and then begin to braid the long side. Start from the fron and work your way to the back until you are out of hair. Secure with a small elastic band and pin under the rest of your hair to hide the end of the braid. Curl the rest of your hair to give a glam feel and you are finished.
4. The Waterfall Braid
5. The Front Braid
This braid works great if you have a Bob haircut and looks awesome on any hairstyle. Grab the front section of your hair and even part it on both sides, think like you are starting a pony tail out. Weave the front section that your grabbed into a french braid and then secure with a hair tie. You can either put the rest of that section of hair into a bun or leave it in a pony tail. Let the rest of your hair stay down and enjoy your simple style.
6. Pigtail Braids
7. Workout Queen Braids
If you love working out but your tired of the same old hairstyle, we have something for you. Section your hair into four parts, two parts on top and two on the sides. French braid each of the sections until you reached the crown of your head. Secure each section with a small elastic band and then gather your hair and pull it into a ponytail. And that’s it! You have an amazing hairstyle for the gym that looks great but also keeps your hair off your face and neck.
8. The Pixie Braid
9. The Twisted Crown Braid
The twisted crown is a braid that we have been seeing a lot lately and we see why. The braid is simple to achieve but super cute and effective. Start off by taking a section of hair from each side of your face. Starting from the top, braid your hair down and around your head in a french braid style, grabbing additional strands are you braid. Secure the braids tat the back of your head with a small elastic band and finish off with some hairspray to keep it all in place.
10. The Simple Side Braid
If you aren’t sure if you like braids or want to wear one, then start off with a simple side braid. Take a small section of hair front the front of your hair and braid it back towards your ear. The braid is nothing special, just your classic braid. Secure the braid behind another strand of hair with a pin and that is all there is to it. You can wear the rest of your hair pencil straight or wavy, either way will look adorable with this braid.
11. The Loop Braid
12. The Rustic Dutch Braid
This dutch braid looks beautiful on any short hairstyle and doesn’t take a lot of time to do. Pull your hair towards the back of your head so it all meets and begin your braid. Let some strands hang out if they want to, it’s okay if it looks a little messy. Once you run out of hair, secure the braid at the nape of your neck and you’re finished. It’s a great braid to get all your hair out of your face but still look great while doing so.
13. The Waterfall and Fishtail Braid
14. A Soft Braid
This soft braid can look elegant and beautiful and isn’t horrible to achieve. Curl your hair to give yourself an even more elegant look and grab a top section of hair to braid. Create a classic braid that isn’t too tight and braid it towards the back of your head. Secure it behind some hair with a pin and you’re finished. This braid is super easy to achieve and looks great with short, wavy hair.
15. The Dutch Twist Combo
16. The HeadbandBraid
If you are rocking a lob or a bob, then you can totally wear a headband braid and amp up your hairstyle a little. Start from one side of your head and french braid your hair straight across, essentially creating a headband out of your hair. When you have reached the other sider secure your hair with a pin and you’re done. You can wear your hair both wavy or straight with this look, it’s going to look amazing regardless.
17. The Pixie Bubble Braid
18. Braided Top Knot
Top knots are popular today and even with short hair you can still rock one yourself. Add in a few cool braids and you will really elevate your top knot to the next level. Start by sectioning off part of your hair in the front. Add in two small cornrow braids on either side, keeping them close to the head and tight. Finish off by securing the rest of that section into a bun and pinning it in place. The rest of your hair can be worn straight or wavy and you will be in style.
19. Two Braided Twist
20. Front Row Updo Braid
Get your hair out of your face with this braid and still look cute while doing so. Part your hair down the middle then french braid both sides towards the back. When you reach the crown of your head, secure the braid with an elastic tie but don’t pull all the hair through. This look is cute, fun, and functional and you can wear the rest of your hair straight or curly.
21. The Stacked Dutch Fishtail Braid
22. The Swept Fishtail Braid
This braid is almost as classic as the original fishtail braid and looks awesome. Sweep the front of your hair back and braid it into a fishtail braid, finishing it off onto one side. Secure it with a clear elastic band and fan the edges of the braid out to truly look like a fishtail, hence the name. Use a little texture spray in your hair and tousle it around and your braid is finished.
23. The Fishtail Mohawk Braid
24. The Milk Maid Braid
This braid may look complicated to do but it is really simple and works perfectly with short hair. Grab a section of hair in front of your head and braid two piece together in a big, chunky style. Wrap the braid around to the back of your head and secure it with a few pins and that is all you need to do to have an amazing look.
25. Half Up French Braid
26. The Double Fishtail Braid
If you’re looking for just a little something to make your hairstyle pop, then go for this double fishtail braid. Take two sections towards the middle of your head and create two fishtail braids. The braids don’t need to long or perfect, just something small that will catch the eye. Pin them under a little bit of hair and that is all you need to do to make a stylish but simple look.
27. Side Cornrow Braids
28. The Simple Crown Braid
If you aren’t a braid expert, then this braid is for you. Take two small strands from the front of your hair and create a classic braid. Wrap the braid around either side of your head and secure it in the back with an elastic band. That’s it, this braid is simple to do but looks awesome. Wear the rest of your hair wavy or straight and it will look fabulous.
29. The Side Part Braid
30. The Boxer Braid
Boxer braids really have been making a scene this year and they are cute to wear. Dress up a look with your braids or wear them for an easy workout hairstyle. Part your hair down the middle and french braid your hair from the front all the way to the back on both sides. Secure your hair with a band at the nape of your neck and spray from hairspray to catch any loose hair.
Braids are a great look to wear to almost anywhere. They can easy going and fun or you can really dress them up and make a statement with your hairstyle. Regardless of how long your hair it, we really encourage you to try one of these awesome short hairstyle braids yourself and see just how easy and fun they are to do. We promise you’re going to love your look no matter what.