Short hair is so trendy right now but, with the exception of the occasional bobby-pin look or half-up style, it can be difficult to style. You might not think your hair is long enough for braided hairstyles, but these cute looks for short hair will prove you wrong. From side braids to braided ponytails, these ideas will take your hairstyle game up a notch. Each of these styles has a tutorial, so you can easily pull off these braids on your own at home. Whether you have a long pixie that you want to pin back with a braid, or you’re rocking a lob that you can braid into a ponytail, these twisted short hairstyles are the prettiest. Prepare to be inspired.
Messy Braided Crown
This is an easy half-up style you can wear every day, and it can easily be pulled in a ponytail if you want your hair off your neck. Get the tutorial here from Wonder Forest.
The Macramé Braid
This macramé braid is a fun update on the classic braid, and it’s ideal for getting long bangs out of your face. Get the tutorial here from My Style Vita.
Low Side Pull-Through Braid
The beauty of the pull-through “braid” is that it looks like a braid, but it’s easy to do with short lengths. Bonus: A low style like this looks great with a hat for beach days or second (or third?) day hair. Get the tutorial here from Goldfish Kiss.
The Half-Up French Braid
If your hair is long enough, this simple style can also be pulled into a ponytail for the gym. Get the tutorial here from Luxy Hair Blog.
The Balmain Braid
Inspired by a Balmain editorial, this braid is for the strong and confident. Get the tutorial here from The Chriselle Factor.
Double Dutch Pigtails
This fun style is perfect for the days you have to go straight from the gym to running errands. Get the tutorial here from A Beautiful Mess.
The Goddess Braid
Add delicate pins to this look to dress it up for a wedding or holiday party. Get the tutorial here from The Everygirl.
The Fishtail Knot Braid
This boho look can be done with a classic braid if you don’t know how to fishtail. Get the tutorial here from A Beautiful Mess.
The Braided Topknot
This upgraded take on the ever-popular topknot can take you from day to night. Get the tutorial here from Byrdie.
Half Dutch-Braided Crown
If you have straight hair, you can easily dress this style up by curling it. Get the tutorial here from Luxy Hair Blog.
The Side French Braid Ponytail
If your everyday ponytail needs a little oomph, add an easy side French braid. Get the tutorial here from Luxy Hair Blog.
Edgy Side Braid
This five-minute style adds a little edge to any outfit, and it can be done on a long pixie. Get the tutorial here from Brit + Co.
Headband Waterfall Braid
Even girls with long pixies can do this unique style that’s so much fun. Get the tutorial here from Refinery29.
The Half-Up Fishtail
You can rock this fishtail braid on one or both sides for a boho look that’s just the right amount of messy. Get the tutorial here from My Style Vita.
The Knot French Braid
This super easy style is like a French braid with knots, and it looks more intricate than it is to create. Get the tutorial here from Goldfish Kiss.
The Simple Side Braid
Anyone can recreate this side braid that seamlessly blends with the rest of your hair without any chunky ponytail holders. Get the tutorial here from Poor Little It Girl.