Been trying to braid your short hair for just shy of forever with no luck?
Does your hair go all crazy and all over the place whenever you try braiding it?
Think short hair is like impossible to braid?
You’re not alone. And it can be frustrating to not have success when some seem to do short hair braids so easily.
Understanding that feeling of braiding inadequacy ourselves we’re here to help with three intriguing videos.
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How To French Braid Your Own Short Hair
The technique for braiding short hair is really no different than longer except there’s less to work with. Which can make for a control struggle for some.
This video removes some of that frustration showing you a super cute braid you can do in five minutes.
That makes this French braiding tutorial for beginners perfect for those who just cut their hair shorter and have no idea how to style it.
So if you’re short-hair-styles challenged but want to look adorable get ready for a creative approach to French braiding short hair.
How to French Braid Short Hair Step By Step
Real quick here’s the step by step instructions demonstrated in the video.
Note first how she cleverly works with a deeper part and braids away from it. When dealing with short strands this gives you the most hair to work with for your braid.
Next she starts off by grabbing a triangle shaped section. Going from the middle of the front of her head to the part. This she divides into three parts. That’s a pretty typical way to start braiding, by the way.
Also as you’ll see since she wants more hair towards the front she grabs bigger front sections to add in. Then when adding hair from the back she adds smaller ones.
This insanely clever little hack also works to direct the braid towards the back of her head rather than towards her ear.
Anyway you repeat the process until you come to the ends.
To tie it off get this! Grab a bit of hair from under the braid, add it to the braid and secure with your elastic. This is what keeps the end of the braid laying nice and flat.
Finally she pancakes it just a bit. She focuses on the bits of hair towards her face to give the plaits a soft, polished finish with plenty of lift and volume in the front. I especially liked that idea.
Don’t be surprised if you find yourself doing this on two day old, unwashed hair ALL THE TIME!
French Braid Short Hair Tutorial For Beginners With a Crown Braid
Calling all girls who need styling ideas with second or third day short hair.
This cute crown braid based on French braids is just what you need to jazz up your look and your outlook.
At first blush this may not look like the easiest style for braiding newbies. But upon closer inspection you’ll see you really only have to focus on half the braiding technique of your typical French braid. (That will make more sense when you get into the video.)
Yet a standout crown-like braid says classic, refined elegance – just because. This video will have you doing the familiar over and under technique in your sleep. Making it easy to produce a princess worthy style.
The fun starts with next day unwashed hair with an ample amount of dry shampoo. Along with cleaning things up the dry shampoo adds texture which will make.
Just remember not to overdo it as there are potential side effects as explored in our look at dry shampoo overuse.
For this plait to look balanced you want the same amount of hair on each side of your head.
Other than that all you need are bobby pins and hair elastics. That’s it.
The trick with this braid is she only adds hair from the front when braiding. It’s important you catch that.
The section towards the back is moved to the middle in turn but NO hair is added to it. You can see around psn 2:50 what it should look like when you are done with one side.
When there’s nothing left to braid tie off the end and move to the other side repeating the process.
Then pancake the braids best you can to fatten them up.
At this point your crown braid will look a little saggy. Here’s where the second trick comes into play.
Take the braided hair just behind your ear and bobby pin it up into place. She shows how to place the bobby pin so it’s hidden from view.
She does that again further on down the braid so it’s standing proud.
Next she addresses the ends to complete the crown braid affect.
The style is finished off with hair spray.
Viola! A quick, super cute braided style perfect for a wedding reception or Thursday happy hour. One that extends the life of hair somewhat past its prime without looking like it.
Short Hair Braids Tutorial
Admittedly this is technically a Dutch braid video. But it is still a cute take on braiding short hair. So don’t let that throw you. This approach works perfectly for French braids too.
Here’s all you do to tweak it. Rather than taking strands under you’ll simple be taking the outside strands over and into the middle to go French.
So every time she says to go under, you want to replace under with over in your braid, errrr, brain.
Of course being shorter there’s the annoying problem of strands that escape the braid.
So you’ll need a hack or two to fix that because it will happen pretty much every time you try to French braid short hair.
Beyond that I felt there were some useful tips that apply regardless of the type of braid you’re doing. So let’s dig in.
Like most she suggests working with second day hair. If not texturizing spray can get you the same gritty affect to work with.
TIP: Want a good grip on your hair the whole time you’re going this. Yet don’t confuse pulling the strands tight with a tight braid. The feel you’re going for is like you’re tying your shoelaces.
Direct the braid downwards so it runs closer to your ear rather than towards the back of your head.
Especially liked the idea of holding your hands to the side, rather above your head. It’s an easy point to miss but you can see how she does this in the video.
Following this can help you avoid that “my arms are gonna fall off” feeling so many of us who braid are all too familiar with.
True Confession: Pancaking is harder with shorter hair. So using that hack to make it look thicker is likely not an option for all depending on how long your short strands are.
Which brings us to the common struggle when braiding short hair. That is the little hunks that stick out.
Two Hacks For Short Hunks of Hair That Escape the Braid
Here’s how to fix the short stuff that doesn’t want to stay braided.
Strong hold hair spray will let you mold the little pieces into the braid.
The option for more extreme cases is to use a bobby pin.
Need a jolt of braiding inspiration? Why not follow our braided hair board on Pinterest for even more inspiring ideas like this?