Proof short hair can still rock a braid
A short crop is more versatile than you think
By Kate Niven
Beauty Crew Beauty Writer / January 11 2017
Short hair is more versatile than you think, and there’s no reason you can’t weave a braid into your minimal lengths. These shorthaired celebs show us how it’s done.
For an edgy braided look like Carrie Underwood, style your hair into messy textured waves with the help of a sea salt spray. Next, create a deep part on one side. Proceed to braid the hair normally until you reach the nape of your neck and then bobby pin the tale underneath the un-braided section of hair.
Don't be scared - this looks harder than it is. And the payoff is huge! It's just a reverse braid down the centre of the head, sandwiched between a low ponytail. To recreate it, follow our step-by-step guide.
Small braided details can make a big impact with short hair. Sarah Hyland went minimalist with a tight braid along one side of her part. Our tip: this look works best on a side part as it instantly creates the look of voluminous lift on the opposite side.
Ruby Rose is the queen of rocker chic, and this braided green crown is no exception. At the 2016 GLAAD Media Awards, Ruby Rose weaved a plaited green hair extension into the crown of her head (you’ll need a bit of length through the top to replicate this look and slicked down the rest of her crop with gel.
Shailene Woodley’s undercut braid starts at the temple and stretches to the nape of her neck (on one side only), getting messier and more textured as it goes back. Pull the other side of hair and the ends of the braid loosely into a bun.
Sienna Miller was a big fan of braids at last year’s Cannes Film Festival – and this is one of our favourites. She wore her bob in two Dutch braids at the crown of the head and left the rest of her hair in flowing soft waves. To achieve this look, when braiding, pass each strand underneath the other to allow the braid to sit on top of the head.
Copy Sienna Millers’ bohemian double braided updo by centre parting the hair and braiding one side from the fringe and down towards the ear. Once you have run out of hair, secure the ends with a bobby pin to the nape of the neck (or as far as your braid reached). Repeat on the other side.
Hairstylist Kristin Ess styled Lucy Hale’s short hair bob into a braided updo by starting from her side-parted fringe and braiding all the way around the head on either side to meet at the back. Secure the ends and finish by pinning back any escaping strands and loosening the braid to create a romantic and textured look.
Kate started working for BEAUTYcrew in early 2016, first as a contributor, and was then named Beauty Writer in 2017. She loves picking the brains of the industry's top experts to get to the bottom of beauty's toughest questions. Bronze eyeshadow palettes are her weakness and she's forever on the hunt for the perfect nude nail polish to suit her fair skin. Her words can also be found in Men's Health magazine, and she now works in PR.