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Seeing long-haired beauties traipse across town might have you experiencing a little hair envy. After all, look at all of the amazing hairstyles they can create! But you shouldn’t assume that having short hair means you automatically get the short end of the hairstyle stick. Why? Braids are a major hairstyle trend that can be worn regardless of how long your hair is. So, instead of wishing you were part of the #LongHairDontCare crew, create one of these cute short hairstyles and you’ll see there’s no reason to be green with envy.
Feeling angelic? Give this full-circle braid a try! You’ll look positively heavenly.
What you’ll need:
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Rat tail comb
Mini clear elastics
Get the look by following these simple steps:
Using a rat tail comb, divide your hair so that one side has significantly more hair than the other.
Use the larger section to create a French braid that goes to the middle of the nape of your neck. Once you reach that point, tie off the braid with a small clear elastic.
Move right along to creating a braid on the other side. You want to make sure that your braids are nice and tight around your ears and the sides of your head for the most flattering look.
Take both braids in your hands and cross them over each other. Tuck the ends under so that only the braided sections of your hair are visible, then pin in place.
Using the pointed end of your rat tail comb, gently pancake the front and back of your braids, making sure to leave the sides untouched. You want to add as much volume as possible without adding bulk to the sides of your head.
Your short hair looks stunning in this done-up look, so help it stay put with a few spritzes of strong hold hairspray.
If you have a bob or lob hairstyle, a ponytail is still totally doable. What’s more, it looks super-cute on your length—especially when you add a fun braid like the one below!
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Messy ponytails look especially pretty when paired with ruffled waves. Enhance your hair’s natural texture with a wave spray—no heat required.
Using a rat tail comb, create a side part.
Starting at your part, weave a French braid towards the back of your head on both sides.
Combine both braids into a mid-level ponytail. To conceal your hair tie, take a small section of hair and wrap it around the base of your pony. Tuck the ends into the underside of the hair tie or use a bobby pin to secure them in place.
To add volume to your ‘do, use your fingers to gently tug at your braid. All done!
They say not to chase waterfalls, but when it comes to this look, we simply can’t help ourselves!
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Wide-barrel curling iron
Using a wide-barrel curling iron, create big bouncy curls all over your head. Before curling, make sure to protect your hair with a heat protectant. Once you finish your look, shake out your curls for a more lived-in look.
Waterfall braids actually start as French braids and slowly transition into a more flowing look. So, start with three strands and make your first plait.
For every weave that you make, you’ll need to have three sections of hair. Moving from your part down toward your ear, with every chain of the braid, weave the top section of hair into the lower two before dropping it and starting a fresh chain. With each new weave, pinch off a new section of hair from the top section.
Once you reach your ending point, simply pin your hair in place. To conceal the pin, rearrange the length of your hair to cover it.
This complicated-looking braid is known for its inverted style, which instantly transforms your look into a work of art…or at the very least a picture to post on your Instagram. Same thing, right?
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To weave a short-haired wonder, start off by washing your tresses.
Instead of reaching for your blow-dryer, use a texture spray to add texture and volume to your locks.
Using a rat tail comb or your fingers, create a deep side part.
Working on the side with more hair, gather three smaller sections of hair. Instead of weaving over—as you do with a French braid—you’ll want to braid under for that signature inverted look.
Once you reach the back of your head, pick up a top layer of hair and pin your braid in place so that the top layer hides the pin.
Obsessed with the ‘90s half-up hair revival but want to add a little modern-day flair? Weave in a couple of braids and you’ll have a look that’s the perfect mix of nostalgic and new. All you have to do is create a traditional braid on both sides of your head and tie them together with a clear mini elastic. Easy enough!
Want more cute short hairstyles to try? Check out our article, 11 Gorgeous Wedding Hairstyles for Short Hair.