Short Braided Hairstyles

Posted 5 months ago by Vani Kambali in

You go to the salon and the stylist accidentally cuts your hair shorter than you had imagined. While you were planning to rock the shoulder-below hair cut by styling it in every possible way, now you are just left hanging by the cliff deciding what to do. Or maybe this never happened and you opted for shorter hair cause, well, low maintenance. In any which case, you have short hair and you find your hairdos come to a halt after every third day. Well, we understand that it is not a great feeling. That is why we are here to help you with your short hair. Imagining braids on a short hair seems almost impossible right? Well, like everything else in the world of fashion and trend this also isn't. There are endless possibilities and opportunities with short hair and all you have to do is try! Here is a list of braids that you can rock with short hair for varied occasions and face type. Opt for the one that best screams your personality and be ready to answer where you learnt them from, cause well, people will ask.

Short Braided Hairstyles

Inside Out Side Braid

Face type: Ideal for a heart-shaped face 

Inside outside braid is the perfect hairstyle to look princess ready with short hair. There are a lot of variations that can be bought to this based on how short your hair is. There can be two inside out braids right on top of your crown as a band or there could be just one on the side. Your hair is the play area and all you have to do is a lot of experiments. If you are someone with straight hair[1], add a few curls to get a fuller look and secure it using a gel or a cream. 

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Halo Braid

Face type: Ideal for a round shaped face. 

If you are someone with really short hair, don't get disheartened by the thought that there is nothing you can do with your hair. You have halo braid to your rescue. This requires bare minimum hair[2] and it beautifully wraps up around your face, reminding of ancient Roman and Greek hairstyle. You wouldn't need any accessories to amp this hairstyle up as it is enough in its own. You can carry this with dresses, skirts and even denim. 

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Messy Braided Ponytail

Face type: Ideal for a round shaped face. There are a lot of variations you can do with the messy braided ponytail or keep it as is. In all cases, it will leave an enthralling effect on everyone. You can wear it with denim for a casual look or pair it with your favourite LBD for a night with your girls. The possibilities are endless. You can also decorate your hair[3] with studded pins to amp it up or add a thin band if you want to accessories while keeping it minimal. 

How to do it: While there are endless possibilities to it, our most favourite has to be the mid parting and braids.

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Braided Low Bun

Face type: Ideal for all face shapes 

The braided low bun is very similar to the pony braid except for the fact that here you will have to make a bun and keep it low. The name gives it away, doesn't it? This is very easy to achieve and can be done even when you have hair that is not too long. This is much more casual than other braids that would make you look straight out of a wedding. You can rock this with skirts, denim and even formals. Mess the hair a little after you are done to give it a lived-in feel. 

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Half up Braid

Face type: Ideal for a square-shaped face 

Are you bored of tieing your hair up or leaving it as is but you don't have the time to experiment? Well, the half upbraid is here to save your day. It will not even take 5 minutes but will do enough to amp your style up. Teaming it up with a gorgeous A-line pastel dress, small drop earrings and kitten heels will make you look like a million bucks. You can choose to accentuate your hairdo furthermore by adding a scarf or a thin band or stud it with beads. 

How to do it: Now again, there are a lot of variations you can do with your hair but our most favourite is this particular one.

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Waterfall Braid

Face type: Ideal for a round-shaped face 

If you have a dinner date planned, you wouldn't want to show up with your casual hair. If you are worried about the money that you will have to shed to get a hairdo that will define the night, you are absolutely wrong. A waterfall braid is a perfect hairdo for a romantic night. While it looks supremely complicated, it is quite easy. You can pair it up with a bodycon dress, an A-line dress or even a gown. 

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Gibson Tuck Braid

Face type: Ideal for an oval-shaped face 

The Gibson tuck braid is a very dainty and feminine braid which international singer Jain has been seen rocking in a lot of her albums. Even if you pair with denim or a dungaree you will leave a feminine essence behind. It works wonder for events like engagement parties or a friends bachelorette or even on a trip to some beach. It is effortlessly beautiful and takes less than 5 minutes to achieve. 

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Braided Updo With Volume

Face type: Ideal for a heart-shaped face 

While braids can be a little too dramatic, you can always play around them to make them work in all circumstances. A braided updo with volume is the perfect hairdo for work hours or even for daily lectures at college. It will provide a different look but wouldn't look over the top. Pair it with formals, skirts, denim or even summer dresses. Try to leave it as is to not glam it up but if you fail to resist, you can always add a thin scarf to accentuate the volume even more. 

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Messy Braided Crown

Face type: Ideal for all face shapes 

We all love our hair tamed and manageable, but when it comes to certain hairdos, we like the idea of it being a little messy and all over the place but in moderation. This look is something you can wear every day. However, it is powerful enough to become your signature thing. It is the perfect hairdo for the ultimate girl next door who wants to look different but without taking the effort for it. 

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Side Braid

Face type: Ideal for round-shaped face  

This is a great hairdo for someone who has short but thick hair. This will give a sense of dimension and depth to the hair rather than being all over the place. It also makes the hair neat and is a super versatile hairdo. It can ease your way out through an interview and also through a night out with friends. You can add in fancy studs or clips to accentuate it but it looks pretty chic without anything as well. 

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Fishtail Braid

Face type: Ideal for square-shaped face  

If you are looking for something that would add flair to your everyday look, the fishtail braid is the way to go. It is the perfect balance between sassy and something classy. If you want a casual look you can always braid your entire hair into this hairdo. However, that would need at least a shoulder-length hair. While it might look super difficult in the beginning, once you get a hang of it, it will become your staple style. 

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Low Side Pull-Through Braid

Face type: Ideal for a heart or oval-shaped face 

If you want to make your hair look fuller, the low side pull-through braid is your best friend. It is super easy but looks like hours of work has gone into it. If you are on a beach and want to make something fun out of your boring short hair that would compliment even your exaggerated hats then this is it. Get ready to look rad and become the fashionista of the group with this easy to do hairdo. 

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Balmain Braid

Face type: Ideal for an oval-shaped face  

If you have always dreamt of becoming a model or even looking like one, the Balmain braid could be your cheat sheet. This braid has become a patent for all the Balmain ramp walks and provides an edgy look to your overall attire. This braid paired up with an all-black outfit will give you the exact punk look that you have been searching since forever. 

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Double Dutch Braid

Face type: Ideal for a round-shaped face  

Cutting your hair doesn't mean you are saying a forever goodbye to braids. Until braids like the double dutch exist, there is absolutely nothing to worry about. With summers approaching, the double dutch braid can be your staple choice as it takes all the hair[11] away from your face and neck and leaves you with a neat look. While it might be a little tricky to achieve, in the end, it will be worth it.

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Braided Top Knot

Face type: Ideal for a square-shaped face  

If you are the woman who wants to conquer the world in style but doesn't have the time to stop, then the braided top knot is your best bet. It can take you from a meeting to a club for a party within a jiffy. It will not need touchups as it will stay intact and it manages to complement both formal and casual outfits. Manbun or the top knot entered the market and became everyone's favourite. It is your time to savour this trend by making it yours. 

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Headband Braid

Face type: Ideal for a round-shaped face  

This is one amongst the cuter braids that will best complement those A-line dresses.  Shorter hair tends to fall around and on your face the most. The headband is a nice way to get them tucked back whilst making you look adorable. This is perfect for your next vacation or even for small family and friends get to together. If you want to accentuate your facial features, then forget the rest and make the head back braid your go-to style. 

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Rubber Band Braid

Face type: Ideal for all face shapes 

If the dutches, classic and French have bored you enough and you want to try something new, the rubber band braid is something that sure will mesmerise you. It can make you stand out without looking too loud. You can opt for contrasting colour based on your hair or use colourful rubberband for a quirkier setting. If you have short hair the best rubber band braid that will suit it will be a side one. 

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French Braid Ponytail

Face type: Ideal for all face shapes 

After the classic braids, french braids are the most loved. It can be easily carried to your workplace or even to your college. It is simple yet adds a slight touch of glam to the entire look. The french braid ponytail amps up the look and makes one look great. It is perfect for a second or third hair day. The hairdo is timeless so you don't have to worry about this trend fading anytime soon. It might look very complicated but it is the easiest way to add that glam to your look while keeping it very subtle. 

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Edgy Side Braids

Face type: Ideal for all face shapes 

A hairdo that is edgy but can very well look gorgeous and can be paired up even with dresses is something that everyone seeks for. The edgy side braid is exactly that. You can always make it decorative and even more attractive by adding a few delicate pins or studs to it. This will add a little class to any outfit even denim. Someone with shoulder length, long pixie or longer bob can easily rock this look. 

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The Knot French Braid

Face type: Ideal for the oval-shaped face. 

If you have hair that is short, this will be easier to manage and achieve. It resembles the hawk trend a lot. If you have a traditional Christian wedding to attend, this should be your go-to hairdo. This is very reserved and will rock on traditional or family events, going with the whole mood. You know it for a fact that when two great hairdos like French braid and top knot meet, the results are going to be RAD! 

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Halfway To L.A

Face type: Ideal for the heart-shaped face. 

With the vacations approaching, this is the best hairdo to rock to have all eyes on you. The halfway to L.A is the perfect hairdo to bring the feminine and dainty side of you out. If you think you cannot create anything using your short manes, then it is time to think twice. Don't underestimate them and give them a chance. They can entirely change your personality and instantly glam up your look. Pair it up with your favourite summer dress or even those flowy skirts. By doing so, you will become the fashion influencer that everyone seeks for style tips. 

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Goddess Braid

Face type: Ideal for all face shapes 

A goddess braid is exactly what its name suggests. Pairing it with any outfit will make you look drop dead gorgeous and turn all heads to you. It comes in the top 5 braids for a bridesmaid for its intricacy whilst being modest. It is a quick fix but looks beautiful. Note that it is a dramatic look and it will look over the top with denim or casual outfits. But when it comes to gowns and dresses or even fancier skirts, a goddess braid is a must try. You can amp it up based on the event. Add a little stuff and small flowers for a wedding or leave it as is for a fancy dinner. Opportunities with this one are endless. 

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French Braided Chignon

Face type: Ideal for all faces 

Gowns are the trickiest nut to crack as you cannot just wear a ponytail with it. Even if you choose to, you will have to amp that up as well by adding braids or decor to it. The French braided chignon is what comes to rescue for times like these. While we agree that someone with very short hair is surely deprived of achieving this but even if you have a bob that elongates till your neck, this can be easily flaunted. Leave the worry of impressing everyone aside by getting this hairdo done. 

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Fringe Braided Knots

Face type: Ideal for an oval shaped face 

Have long and dense fringes but don't know how to style them? Well, straightening or pinning it is not the only option. You can very well braid them and twist it to get two knots that will sit right on top of your forehead making heads turn to you for all the right reasons. This is a very creative but bold way of carrying a braid. However, it will give you the touch of uniqueness that you have been searching since time unknown. Well, normal is braiding your hair. Break that rule and braid your fringes to leave a style statement! 

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The V Track

Face type: Ideal for a square-shaped face 

If you are someone who is always confused between sporty and cute, this is the best braid to opt for. This is very easy to achieve with short hair and will completely change your look. It is one amongst the most versatile braids as it will bring out the cuteness in you when paired with a short dress or a cute skirt and will look edgy if worn with a sweatshirt or a sweats combo. This also provides hair with an added volume and gives an illusion of a fuller look. If pulling all your hair away from your face makes you conscious, this braid is something that you can opt for. 

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Side Cornrow Punk

Face type: Ideal for a square-shaped face 

We all at some point in our life wanted deadlocks but just the thought of doing that to our hair[14] and ruining its texture forever scared every single one of us and left us with jitters. But if you still find yourself amused by the idea of having it, you can use the cheat sheet and do the side cornrow punk. While it might not be even 5% close to it but it sure is something. If you like it on you, you can do it to your entire hair or just leave it covered on one side. Pair it with leathers to justify the punk look or with a sundress to add the bold to the beautiful. 

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Three Knotted Braid

Face type: Ideal for a heart-shaped face 

When it comes in three, it is always the best. The three knotted braid is exactly that. It looks quirky while satisfying the conscious being in you. This hairdo will add a natural volume to your look and make it seem fuller. If you are done with the basic hairstyles and want to try something unconventional but not something very loud, this will be your best bet. It is a perfect combination of knots as well as braids and there is nothing more, that the hairstyling world could have asked for. 

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Fish Braid Crown

Face type: Ideal for a heart-shaped face 

This is the perfect look to rock with short hair which you want to flaunt with dresses and feminine look. This will form a beautiful crown right at the back of your head which you can decorate with clips and flowers to liven it up. This is also one of the best options if you are attending someone wedding or are someone's bridesmaid. This is possible even for someone with very short hair as all the volume that the style needs is required on the sides and top. 

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Double Braided Space Buns

Face type: Ideal for a round-shaped face 

This is the ideal hairstyle to take you above and beyond. It will make you look out of this world and quite literally. This hairdo is known as double braided space buns. This is the perfect hairdo for days when washing your hair seems impossible but leaving it as is will make all the greasiness appear on top. This hairstyle falls in the adorable category and will instantly lift up your face and drop down a few years from your appearance. Style it with skirts, dresses or even with a black on a black outfit for an emo look. This will serve all. 

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Now that you have a full proof cheat sheet to rock those short manes, try and experiment with them as much as you can. The time to crib and blame your short hair for not being able to flaunt your way through is long passed. Bun it, and add those volumising and dimension adding braids to your look. There is no one in this world who be able to stop you from becoming the apple to everybody's eye. If you lack inspiration you can always look back and opt for the style that best suits you or make you comfortably carry on your shoulders. What matters the most is your comfort. Decorate them or leave it as is, use your hair as a canvas and paint the whole town red.


This article has been medically reviewed by Dr.Nagakeerthana S, MD (Dermatology) on 15/05/2019 

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