8 Cool and Easy-to-Pull-Off Braids for Short Hair

No matter how long or short your hair is, braids always make a major impression, highlighting your hair's natural texture and color while masking any signs of a bad hair day-no washing or heat-styling necessary. And isn't that kind of the ultimate hair dream? Maximizing our manes with minimal effort yet winding up with a finished result that looks so much better than when we begrudgingly woke up this morning?

That said, there's a common misconception that braids only work for medium-length to long hair, keeping those of us with short hair via bobs, lobs, and pixies from fulfilling our full braided potential. So we've made it our personal mission to dispel that myth. Below, we've collected some major short-braid inspiration-eight pretty visions of proof that demonstrate girls with short hair don't have to sacrifice style and beautifully braided polish. Keep scrolling for eight inspiring braids for short hair to try ASAP this season. (Trust us, these can remedy even the most stubborn of bad hair days!)

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Headband Braid

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).

OGX Renewing Argan Oil Of Morocco Penetrating Oil $8Shop Getty Images


RuthВ Negga looked so beautiful in cornrows at the 2017 Met Gala. CelebrityВ hairstylistВ Lacy Redway explains her process: "I started out by sectioning her hair into 1 1/2 inch sections withВ Harry Josh Pro Tools Carbon Tail CombВ ($20). I used a bit of water on eachВ section to add grip on her type-3 hair, which is also short, along withВ R+CoВ Motorcycle Flexible Hair GelВ ($26) to make sure the braid would not unravel or loosen."

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French Side Braid

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 MousseВ ($9) for volume.

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Half-Up Braided Topknot

Give the standard half-up hairstyle a cool-girl upgrade with this half-up braided topknot. Not only is Kristen Stewart's spellbinding topknot braided but so too are the strands sitting on either side of her pulled-back part. For the perfect dose of roughed-up texture, we recommend a quick hit of texturizing spray. We'll never be over this cult-favorite from Oribe, below.В

Oribe Dry Texturizing $46Shop Getty Images

Side Corn Rows

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 sideВ and highlights her natural texture on top. To keep edges super sleek and smooth, we recommend this affordable pomade you can handily snap up on Amazon.В

Smooth 'N Shine Polishing Olive & Tea Tree Oil Edge Smoothing Pomade $6Shop Byrdie

French Braid

Keep it simple with this artfully messy French braid. Spritz a texturizing dry shampoo throughout your strands (we like Elizabeth and James Nirvana Black, $28), secure the ends into place in the back with some pins, and you're out the door. If you need some help, we've got you covered with this guide on braiding short hair.

Elizabeth and James Nirvana Black Dry Shampoo $28Shop ImaxTree

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's foolproof styling cream.В

Living Proof No Frizz Nourishing Styling Cream $28Shop ImaxTree

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 glossy pick from Kenra Professional.

Kenra Professional Platinum Silkening Gloss $22Shop

This post was originally published at an earlier date and has since been updated.В