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Cute Braided Hairstyles for Short Hair

Tulika Nair
On a bad hair day, the best option is to tie it up in a bun. But what do you do if your hair is extremely short? Do not despair. There are many cute hairstyles that can come to your rescue in such a situation.
Braids are the perfect hairdo for those bad hair days when you get out of bed thinking, I look like Medusa. It is easy to do, hardly takes any effort, and is comfortably stylish. But with short hair, making braids can be a bit of a problem.
However, there are various braided hairstyles for short hair that you can choose from. You just need to keep in mind a few key things. For example, the shorter your hair, the narrower the width of your braids, but that does not mean that you can create umpteen number of braids with hair that is hardly longer than an inch.
To braid your hair it is important that your hair be long enough to at least skim your chin. If you have a pixie cut, or a haircut that makes it impossible to make braids, you can opt for extensions. With shorter hair, it also takes a lot more time to make braids, but the result can be quite breathtaking.


If you are bored of donning the same look every day, then crown braids can be the perfect option for you as it gives an illusion of long hair. For this, you need hair that is at least up to your chin.
You will need to braid your hair into double plaits, and then drape it around your hair to make it look like a continuous braid. Called crown braid because of its appearance, this hairstyle can be a great look to carry off on a hot, summer day.


Inverted braids or upside down braids as they are also known is a slightly unusual style for braids for short hair.
Again for this hairstyle you need to make two braids with a center parting and one braid on each side. You can curl the braid around the head to make ears like a popular Disney character. This is an extremely cute braid hairstyle for young girls. You can easily tuck your braid inwards and pin the same with hairpins to ensure that they do not come off.


This hairstyle is called so, because instead of having your hair braided from forehead to nape, your hair is braided from one ear to the other.
This is an easy style for shorter hair as you can easily pin the hair to the sides of your head, and the short tail of the braid can be tucked inside the braid. This allows the braid to look neater and cleaner.


Zig-zag braids follow the curves of the head. This is a style that is best suited for short hair. Short tails of the braid, and stray hair can be tucked under the braid or pinned up. The shorter the length, the wider the zigzags should be.
While making braids, one thing that may irritate you are stray hair. If you want your hair to look smooth and glossy, use a mousse that will hold the hair in place. You can also choose to accessorize using a ribbon.