5 Braids for Short Hair

Abella has been begging me for at least a year, probably closer to two years, to cut her hair.  I posted a photo on Instagram with a question in the caption. “Abella has been begging me to cut her hair short, do you think I should let her do it?”  Almost everyone said “YES!”  So thanks to all of the good advice from my followers, we did it…and we haven’t regretted it for a second!  I think she looks so cute and it really fits her personality!  It’s for sure a lot harder to come up with braids but it’s pushed me to step out of my comfort zone!  We wanted to show you that even if you have short hair, there are lots of cute braids you can still do!

Three Ladder Braids

Braids for short hair | CGH Lifestyle

This first braid (Above) is three ladder braids. Start out with a part deep to one side. On the side with less hair, start out by doing a waterfall braid along the part. Under that one, do another waterfall braid, but incorporate the waterfall pieces from the one above it as you braid. Under that one, do a french braid. Incorporate the waterfall pieces from the second braid as you go. We braided each one to the ends and used elastics that matched her hair to tie them off. I love this edgy look!

Dutch Pigtail Braids

I was so excited that her hair, even as short as it is now, was still able to be put into the fun and trendy dutch pigtail braids! Instead of braiding to the ends, I ended them in close together pigtails at the nape of her neck. After I finished braiding, I tugged on the outsides of the braid gently to loosen them and make them a little messy and fun! Since she doesn’t have enough hair to tie around the elastics, I made sure to use elastics that matched her hair so they blend in as much as possible. You could also cover them with clips or bows!

Micro Accent Braid

A great braid for short hair is a micro accent braid! My biggest tip for braiding short hair would be to add in small slices of hair rather than big ones. I did a small (micro) braid along a slightly curved deep part for anther cute and edgy look! You could also do another one next to it if you wanted a little more to the look, but I really liked how simple this one was. You can see how the part curves a little better from the back view. I ended the braid close to the head with an elastic that matched her hair.

3/4 French Braid

For our fourth style, we did a 3/4 french braid! Super simple but also super cute! You could do any type braid! It would also look cute using a Dutch braid or a fishtail braid! I loved the side view of this braid! I will for sure be doing this one next time she goes to gymnastics or swimming, whichever comes first!

Two 4-Dutch Lace Braids

Double dutch braids | CGH Lifestyle

Our last braid is two four dutch lace braids into two loops in the back. Start off by parting the hair down the middle. On each side of the part, do a dutch lace braid, adding hair in from only the section closest to the part as you braid. Tie the braids together in the back with a small elastic and before you pull the hair all the way through to make a ponytail, leave it in a cute little loop! If the hair is a little bit longer, you could do a tiny bun. Repeat this directly under the braid you just did so you have two rows and two loops.

We will have to be coming up with lots more short hair braids in the future, so be sure to give us a follow over at our newly redesigned blog Abella’s Braids to see more as we do them!

Part accent braid | CGH Lifestyle

Thanks for reading. See you again this time next month!

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  1. love these ideas! My daughter recently cut about 8 inches off her hair and is loving her shorter hair, but I’ve mostly been at a loss of what to do with it! Thanks!

  2. not afraid to cut my hair shorter anymore 🙂 glad there are these ideas to still keep the love for the braids :))

  3. These are all so cute! I wish I saw this when I had short hair. I thought I couldn’t do anything with it but I guess I was wrong!

  4. For the longest time I’ve been meaning to get short hair but was hesitant about it since I felt my variety of hairstyles would be limited, so glad I found this thank you thank you thank you!

  5. Thankyou guys for giving me ideas for my little cousin I have to babysit and I like to do her hair when we go outN!

  6. that’s so cool! My little sisters got short hair and is really hard to do any thing on her so this definitely helps a lot.

  7. My Short hair has always been a burden on occasions or dates… but these seem so cute and i can do them easily with no effort and it would complete my look

  8. I love this finally amazing braided hairstyles for short hair it’s so hard for me to find ones.????????????????????

  9. i really want to cut my hair short but i was worried that there wouldnt be any hiar styles for my to do but this post helped a lot!!

  10. This article is absolutely brilliant! Its the summer holidays and where I am, its always really hot so I decided to trim my hair shoulder length. Thank you so much! Much love <3

  11. Thanks so much I recently just went from long so short hair and as clueless about how to style it and now I can

  12. This is so helpful, my little sister just cut her hair and I haven’t known what to do with it anymore lol. Thanks!

  13. Beautiful????????you should do one for long hair cajse these braids are gorgeous????????love you????????

  14. I’m planning on getting a hair cut and was worried I didn’t know how to style it so this is a big help!

  15. Do you have video tutorial of the 3 ladders braid. I’m dying to try it on my daughter but without pictures or video it’s hard for me to follow

  16. Man, this is helpful! I have shoulder-length hair, and can’t do hardly anything with it. Thanks so much CGH!

  17. It’s so hard to do hair with short hair! But this helped me! I don’t have short hair but when I get a haircut

  18. Wow! This is like getting a question answered, I am so gratified that you guys helped me out on this! thankyou so much cgh! We love you !

  19. I love that these are shown on short hair because my little cousin has shorter hair. This was so perfect!

  20. My cousin has short hair and I’m always looks for a way to style it now I know what to do with her hair and now I can show my aunt

  21. These are so pretty. I recently had to cut my hair off into a pixie & these will be great as it starts to grow out. Thanks for sharing!

  22. Hey mindy, you should check out hair_by_pellerossi on Instagram. Her dos are amazing and I shush you could recreat some of them

  23. I just recently cut my hair short and I’ve been need more inspiration for new braids now that it’s short.

  24. Thank you for doing hairstyles for short hair. I just recently cut my hair and I don’t know what to do with my hair but I do now x

  25. I don’t have short hair but I have a cousin that has short hair and this article gave me great ideas for short hair hairstyles. I can’t wait to try these on her! Thank you! ❤❤

  26. Cut my hair recently and regretted it so so much, finding cute ways to work with what I’ve got til it grows back always makes me happy. thank you for this!

  27. I got my haircut last year, I donated 18inches! So it was long, so these hairstyles help me with my short hair! I couldn’t figure out some cute ideas!

  28. I love those hairstyles I wish my mum knew how to do all of them, but no worries because she’s learning from only watching cgh’s videos and I’m so glad that your videos help alot

  29. I have short hair and it does not grow fast enough for long hair hairstyles so this is very cute and helpful

  30. I would love to see videos on these! I’ve been debating on whether to cut my hair short or not. But, these hairstyles assured me that I can still do cute braids with short hair. Thanks for sharing!