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Can You Braid Short Hair? How?

Your short hair is fierce and gorgeous. Don't think for a second that you can't wear a gorgeous braided hairstyle because your hair is short. Nowadays you can wear any braided style you like with at least two inches of hair! If hair extensions tickle your fancy then the braided hair styles you can explore are truly limitless.

A woman with straight blonde hair gets a French braid.

Merriam Webster defines a braid as an arrangement of hair made by weaving three sections together. Braiding has been a standard for hair since the beginning of time. Can your sleek, short pixie be braided? Why, but of course it can!

Braids have been worn as a means of practicality. If you need a hairstyle to last longer, typically a braided style will do you well. Just like anything, separate pieces that are banded together form stronger bonds.

As a result, wearing braids is a durable choice. Today we see braids with wedding ensemble styles as well as fancy styles. Braids add drama and texture to a boring ponytail or updo. People use braids in various colors to add volume and fun to an otherwise simple hairstyle.

How Short is Too Short For Braids?

The absolute minimum length of hair required for a braided hairstyle can be the length that’s required to fit securely over the fingers – that’s about 2 inches. However, experienced hair braider may be able to work with even less hair. A child’s hair braider may be able to work with less hair because the circumference of their fingers is even smaller.

Just to add another layer to this query – some people employ tools to braid hair. In this instance, the length of hair can be even shorter. However, for most intents and purposes, you need at least 2 inches of hair to get started on your braid journey.

What Can I Add To Help?

Closeup of a textured braided hair on a girl.

If your hair is short you can add gel or specified creams or serum’s to your hair to help keep the short braids intertwined closely together.

Trendspotter.com actually outlines 30 different braided hairstyles Here Are A Few:

  • The Cornrow – This braided hairstyle is typically close to the scalp. That is, the hair is interwoven without going to the ends of the hair strand
  • Box Braids – are a simple matter of parting your hair into a box shape and braiding the strands from top to bottom.
  • French Braids – are yet another style of braid that interlocks the hair in a different pattern forming a different look
  • Dutch Braids – are a different braid style that uses a classic three-strand approach. Like the French braid, the strands are intertwined in a different pattern to create a different look. The Dutch braid incorporates an “underhand” braiding style
  • The Fishtail Braid – incorporates techniques in both the French and Dutch braiding styles which brings yet another look to the traditional braid

Braiding  Endures

Braiding your short hair is a very popular hairstyle for its durable and practical uses. If you’re going on vacation, heading to the beach, or camping, putting your hair or your youngster’s hair in a braided hairstyle will give you a few days of worry-free, gorgeous hairstyling ease.

You can pay attention to other things. Yes, you can braid short hair and enjoy the same freedom. Wearing a protective cap, or slumber bonnet will help you maintain your braided hairstyles for even longer.

Short Hair Braiding Pitfalls To Avoid

A woman with side-swept short blonde hair and braided three spikelets.

Pulling the hair too tightly during a braiding exercise can cause breakage and even hair loss. No matter the length of your hair, try not to pull too tightly when intertwining the hair sections. In this way, you can avoid hair damage.

You should only avoid braiding short hair if there is some type of scalp damage or the hair is simply too short to catch and intertwine with the other sections of hair. It may be best to wait until the hair grows out a little before you braid it.

Hair is an expression of fun and frolic. Be creative. Though our hair was made to be a protective barrier against the sun, it’s practicality shouldn’t stop you from having fun with your hair.

Add A Little Money Into The Mix

Remember, short hair can be enhanced by hair extensions in order to facilitate many fine braiding hairstyles. Hair extensions come in a variety of textures. There are also natural hair extensions as well as faux hair extensions. Depending upon the amount of money you want to spend, hair extensions can be added to shorter length hair to give you a variety of fun styling options. Don’t forget to add your hair extensions in various colors and lengths.

There is a rainbow of possibilities when it comes to braiding short hair. Start enjoying your short hair braiding styles as soon as you get the chance. Don’t wait to plait!

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