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11 Beautiful Braids for Short Hair

Long, luscious braids on the New York Fashion Week runways give us hair envy, but we're seriously dying to chop our hair. Lucky for us, braids look great at every length. We've pulled together 11 of our favorite braids for short hair. So go ahead, make the cut, and then add these braided hairstyles to your great big book of beauty ideas.

Inside-Out Side Braids

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This double inside-out braided updo is perfect for pulling all hair back when you're lacking in length. Tip: Add a bit of curl and finishing cream to your hair before braiding for extra hold.

Photo: The Beauty Department

Halo Braid

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Hair too short to pull back? Give this halo braid a try. Once finished, muss it up around your crown and the back of your head for a lived-in, relaxed look.

Photo: NewBeauty

Messy Braided Ponytail

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Amp up a low ponytail with messy braids; not only will the playful style add texture and dimension, but it will help hold the shorter front layers back.

Photo: The Wonder Forest

Bohemian Braid Updo

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Twist Me Pretty is, like, the queen of braids, so when she chopped her hair, we were excited to see what new 'dos she'd come up with. Safe to say she hasn't disappointed. Rock this braided updo to work or drinks with the gals.

Photo: Twist Me Pretty

Braided Low Bun

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We love a pretty updo, especially when braids are involved. Add texture to your hair with a 1-inch barrel, and then wrap hair into a low bun, leaving out two sections (from behind your ears forward). Braid the two front sections, and pin into a bun.

Photo: The Beauty Department

Braids for a Grown-Out Pixie

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Whether you're rocking a cropped pixie or looking for hairstyles for the in-between phase, these three braids will amp up your everyday look and keep your hair out of your face.

Photo: xoVain

Half-Up Braids

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This braided look is sure to put a spring in your step. Curl your hair with a ¾-inch barrel for an allover beachy wave. Next, braid two sections from the front, pull both back, and pin. Hint: Apply pomade to the ends of your curls by separating and gently tugging down for a piece-y, mussed-up texture.

Photo: The Small Things Blog

Waterfall Braid

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Waterfall braids were a huge Pinterest hit in 2013 and continue to thrive today. The style is effortless and oh so pretty. Haven't quite mastered the technique? Check out this video tutorial.

Photo: Hair Romance

Double-Twisted Gibson Tuck

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TBH, we didn't know what a Gibson Tuck was, but when we saw it, we fell instantly in love. This rolled-back hairstyle is soft, feminine, and a classic—and, best of all, super-simple to create.

Photo: Über Chic for Cheap

Braided Updo with Volume

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This short hair updo is for the retro reveler. The thin braid peeking out beneath the roll is a cute—and functional!—touch. Pump up the volume with texture spray and a fine-tooth comb.

Photo: The Beauty Department

French Fringe Braid

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Liven up a short cut with a French braid. We love this braid that frames the face while keeping the fringe pulled back. It's a great versatile look that's casual enough for the office or can be done up for a boho bride.

Photo: Irrelephant

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