The 15 Easiest & Cutest Braids for Short Hair

Braids for short hair are a flirtatious style that adds fun and texture to your locks! Even when you’ve got limited length, braids are surely achievable and even easier to create and maintain compared to long manes.

Having one of those bad hair days? Too busy to style your hair with tools and products? Feeling hot under the summer sun and wanna keep your hair out of your face?

The reasons to pull your strands into pretty plaits are endless, and so are the number of exquisite braiding techniques invented through time. Dutch braids, braided crowns, pull-through twists – you’ll never run out of pretty ideas on how to amp up your everyday hairstyle with just a tad of effort.

Plaits and twists are sure to spring up your chopped locks and add natural depth and highlight to your hair. You might be confused at first on what braiding styles to crown your head with, but after scrolling through these up-to-date photos of braids for women with short hair (and some practice!), I’m 100% sure you’ll turn into an impressive braid master!

Lovely Crown Braids for Short Hair

Lovely Crown Braids for Short Hair
Instagram @beautybykmb

Weave your hair up into this style that’s fit for royalty! It’s so simple yet elegant and is ideal for any formal or casual event.

Double Dutch Braids

Double Dutch Braids
Instagram @hairby.ashrichter

If you want your hair to look the prettiest in just under a few minutes, this cute hairstyle is the answer! Perfect for gym or jogging, this classic cute style will keep your hair out of your face while making you look adorable. Braided hairstyles might take some effort but are definitely worth it.

Lovely Waterfall Braid

Lovely Waterfall Braid
Instagram @hairbyalexisjaye

A totally easy and recreate-able look – this interweaving pattern is possible on any hairstyle as long as there is some length to it. Perfect for a wedding event or a date night!

Box Braids for African Americans

Box Braids for African Americans
Instagram @segenhm

Put an edge to the typical lengthy style and feel the advantages of having low upkeep hair with these sexy locks! You’ll surely be unique without putting much effort!

Short Braided Ponytail

Short Braided Ponytail
Instagram @braidsbylina

Q&A with style creator, Lina Snyder
Master Braider @ Twisted Pretty Braiding Studio in Detroit, MI

How would you describe this look?

I absolutely love a simple braided ponytail because it’s an everyday hairstyle. What I love most about it is that it looks great on adults and children. It is versatile, so you can wear it hanging down casually or dress it up by wrapping it in a bun and pinning a cute flower or some type of hair jewelry in it.

Any advice for someone considering it?

This braided ponytail is perfect for busy women who don’t have time to style their hair every day. It’s very low maintenance, just get up and go. If you have recently done a big chop on your hair this is a great protective style to kickstart the growing process. If you’re the outgoing type, add a pop of color to your braids to stand out from the crowd. Very minimal products are needed – maybe just a little oil sheen to give it that freshly done shine. Whether you work a 9-5 or you’re a stay-at-home mother this ponytail will fit your lifestyle perfectly. Braided hairstyles for short hair can be low maintenance.

Twist Braids for Natural Hair

Q&A with style creator, April Lynn
Master Cosmetologist @ C & M God’s Hair Bar in Atlanta, GA


How would you describe this look?

This is a flat two-strand twist look with individual two-strand twists at the back.

The greatest thing about this look is it last for at least 2 weeks, and you can separate the twist in the back to create another style.

Any advice for someone considering it?

This is an easy to maintain style, only needing a hair bonnet to secure while sleeping. The only product needed is some oil sheer or spray to give it a shine and some moisture.

Sporty Pixie Braid

Sporty Pixie Braid
Instagram @salon_amelieb

Q&A with style creator, Amelie Berthelette
Independent Hairstylist & Colorist in St-Hubert, QC


How would you describe this look?

I describe this style as a Pastel Unicorn 3D Braided Pixie. The coolest thing about it is how unique it looks and the combination of soft colors (Guy Tang #Mydentity Vibrant Pastels) with an edgy cut and style.

Any advice for someone considering it?

This fun look is ideal for pixie cuts with very short undercuts. It is perfect for Christmas Party Season and will make heads turn for sure! Here’s how to recreate this look:

1. On dry hair use a texture spray, then part in 3 vertical parallel sections (central bigger, sides smaller), isolating the central one with clips. Apply on the two remaining sections a light hold paste and create a small dutch braid, after securing with elastics, loosen the braids delicately, add texture spray if needed.

2. For the middle section create barrel curls with a curling iron using a heat protectant spray. Once the middle section is curled, use a light hold styling spray. Let it cool. Separate in two each curl and crisscross them to imitate a braid. Choose how high you want your braid considering it will elongate your morphology. While creating this fake braid use a light hold styling spray.

3. Hide the elastics of the two smaller braids under the central braid using small pins.

4. Finish the style with a maximal hold styling spray.

Side French Braids for Short Hair

Q&A with style creator, Erin Phillips
Stylist @ Salon D’Paul in Kansas City, MO


How would you describe this look?

This look is cute yet casual. I love how much the little braid can dress up her whole look and it’s something she can recreate at home.

Any advice for someone considering it?

This look was something we did because this guest is low maintenance. She wanted a cut to give her style when she didn’t feel like fixing her hair. We went with an inverted bob. I then showed her how to do a simple 3 strand braid (not French) and pull it apart to look a little messy. Also giving the illusion that it took more effort! Cut short braids for short hair like these are eye catching.

Easy Halo Braid

Q&A with style creator, Vanessa Ospina
Bridal Hairstylist in Miami, FL


How would you describe this look?

What I love most about the halo braid is the fact that it’s so versatile! The style can be worn with something modern or even something classy. You can wear it to a wedding or a simple day at the park!

Any advice for someone considering it?

Make sure to tell the stylist what kind of braid they like best. The great thing about a halo braid is that you can do your favorite braid and still have the halo effect! Instead of a 3 strand braid, they may like a fishtail going all around instead!

Feed-In Braids for Black Hair

Q&A with style creator, Marianne
Hairstylist @ Dahlia The Beauty Lounge in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania


How would you describe this look?

This style is called box braids in a bob style. It is one of the popular protective styles for natural haired people.

What I like most about this style is that, it is a timeless style, never goes out of fashion. It caters for all looks, professional, casual look as well as smart. This style is also suitable for all age groups, and it frames the face beautifully. The braids come also in different colors giving everyone a wider selection.

Any advice for someone considering it?

If you don’t have time to deal with your natural hair, this protective style is a great solution. It doesn’t require much maintenance except regular normal conditioning of the hair by spraying a mixture of water and some leave-in conditioner. If you are going to keep the braids for longer than 2 weeks, you can wash the scalp by cleaning it with a cotton pad and a mixture of apple cider vinegar diluted in water.

Before braiding, it is important to take into account the condition of your hair first. If you have thinner hair, you shouldn’t wear braids that are too tight or too heavy. Alternatively, you could leave your baby hair on your hairline to protect edges, and brush the baby hair with hair gel for a clean look.

If someone is looking a simple and yet chic hairstyle, this is your go-to hairstyle as you don’t have to style it every day once you are wearing it!

Ghana Braids for Black Women

Q&A with style creator, Oshundiya Folashade
Chief Beauty Stylist @ Furla Studio in Ogun State, Nigeria


How would you describe this look?

This look is native to Africa. Its beauty depends greatly on the creativity and initiative of the braider/stylist. The best thing for me about this look is the fact that it requires minimal maintenance. It is my “easy-go-to” look because of my busy daily routine. Combing stress is out of my list. It helps me save more cost and manage my time yet gives me a neat, beautiful look

Any advice for someone considering it?

It’s a very fantastic idea as you can own this look wearing a wig. It saves you the number of hours spent creating the look, saves you cost, improves the life of the hair (zero disturbance and or stress on the scalp), and leaves you with a beautiful, younger face.

Bohemian Braid

Q&A with style creator, Dannielle Robeson
Stylist and Boutique Manager @ Vanity Belle Beauty Boutique in La Jolla, CA


How would you describe this look?

This is a sassy and refreshing take on the classic braided half up half down hairstyle.

Any advice for someone considering it?

This style is super versatile, as in it can work for almost any hair length. Although, this style is not suitable for very thin hair. Try adding some texturizing in your braid to get more fluff.

Half Up Fishtail Braid

Q&A with style creator, Susanne Frioli
Hairstylist @ Perfect Hair & Make-up in Bregenz, Austria


How would you describe this look?

First of all, I want to say that I love braided styles so much. They are so diverse and for every client, there is one style, even if she is sporty, like this client, or elegant and romantic for a bridal style.

This is a “curly faux hawk”. This client is really sporty in her normal life, and normally she wears her hair straightened because it is the most uncomplicated style for her to do.

She wanted a special style for an occasion, that fits her personality but shows one of her other sides. It was an inspired look by Chloe Brown, who we both adore a lot for her hairstyles. She always gives great inspos for what you can do with short hair.

I tried to figure out how to braid her hair in a way that fits her profile, where she needs the volume of the curls, and how to make the style elegant for the wedding where she went but still look naughty and sporty to fit her personality.

She was my favorite braided style this year because the result fitted her so much and showed even herself how many faces she has and how different the looks are she could wear.

Any advice for someone considering it?

For me, the most important thing for braided styles is to note the volume and the form the complete style needs to fit you perfectly. You need a product to manage the hair, to eliminate frizziness but leave the hair manageable. It should be not too hard in its hold and gives lots of shine. My most liked product for that is Artego fingerprints. It is a smooth shiny hair wax, and even if you have braided the complete style you can change the volume of the braid. Also, the smell of the product is really lovely.

First of all, I did the braid and then I did the curls around. With the curls, you can play so much with volume and shape, and I love that. To fix the style I used Artego Hot Shot spray, as it gives perfect hold and does not dry out the hair so much. Even if you brush it out in the evening or next morning a little, it won’t get flaky.

Cute Dutch Braid

Cute Dutch Braid
Instagram @abbs.does.hair

Q&A with style creator, Abby Runyan
Hairstylist @ Golden Rule Salon in Mesa, AZ


How would you describe this look?

It’s a flirty casual look. It’s a quick simple style that goes with almost every occasion and every hairstyle. From long locks to pixie cuts, you can always add a fun braid to bring some personality to your hair.

Any advice for someone considering it?

Great products for this style is a good texture spray. This helps give some grip when doing the braid and finish off with a good hairspray to keep everything in place.

Simple Side Braid

Simple Side Braid
Instagram @houseofhair_ny

Q&A with style creator, Melisa Kudic
Owner / Stylist @ House Of Hair in New Hartford, NY


How would you describe this look?

This look is an edgy style on a pixie cut. It was done a bridesmaid and I love that it’s not a traditional bridesmaid look. It’s different and unique!

Any advice for someone considering it?

This look could be achieved on any length hair, however short hair gives it that flare. The braids are easy to do and could be done alternatively as cornrows or even twists! A thin straightener can give these loose waves in the hair and add volume. There isn’t much maintenance with this look since after it’s hairsprayed, it’ll stay all night!