Hair How To: Side Braid on Short Hair

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Poor Little It Girl - How To Side Braid On Short Hair

Ever since I cut my hair short a year or two ago, there’s only a few hair styles I know how to do. My signature loose waves, or blown out straight. I wish I had more skills to do a bunch of cute top knots or whatever, but I just can’t master much. In an attempt to start updating my hair routine, I’ve become obsessed with wearing this mini little side braid. It took a few practice rounds to master, but now it’s my go-to style when I want my hair styled and out of my face. Given that I wear it so much, I finally was able to shoot this easy tutorial to show you the steps on my little side braid do!

Poor Little It Girl - How To Side Braid On Short Hair

STEP ONE: I typically start out right after I do the loose waves in my hair. Or I do it on “dirty” hair I haven’t washed a day or two. Basically you just don’t want your hair to be too soft or slippery.

Poor Little It Girl - How To Side Braid On Short Hair

STEP TWO: If your hair is in a middle or slight side part, comb over your hair to make a deep part, and try not to keep it an exact straight line, it’s ok if it has a curve.

Poor Little It Girl - How To Side Braid On Short Hair

Poor Little It Girl - How To Side Braid On Short Hair

Poor Little It Girl - How To Side Braid On Short Hair

STEP THREE: Take a bobby pin or two and clip back a small section of the back of your hair. This keeps it out of the way while you braid and serves as the hair that’ll cover your bobby pins at the end. I suggest using pins that are similar to the color of your hair.

Poor Little It Girl - How To Side Braid On Short Hair

STEP FOUR: Divide your hair into three sections and start the process of braiding it back. It helps to look in a mirror so you can see what you’re doing.

Poor Little It Girl - How To Side Braid On Short Hair

STEP FIVE: Each time you pull a piece of hair over, grab another small section on each side, like you would doing a french braid.

Poor Little It Girl - How To Side Braid On Short Hair

STEP SIX: Keep braiding down as far as you can, continuing to grab hair from each side as you cross over your braid till you’ve gone as far as you can.

Poor Little It Girl - How To Side Braid On Short Hair

STEP SEVEN: Using either a new bobby pin or the one that was holding the back section of hair, secure your braid to the spot you want it to sit on your head. It’s ok if the end of the braid falls out that’s not secured in the pin.

Poor Little It Girl - How To Side Braid On Short Hair

STEP EIGHT: Finish off with a mist of your favorite hairspray. I like to spray right on where the bobby pin is set at so it’s extra secure.

Poor Little It Girl - How To Side Braid On Short Hair

STEP NINE: And then that’s it – you’ve got a fun little side braid!

Poor Little It Girl - How To Side Braid On Short Hair

Photos by Jen Eun

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25 Comments

    1. Poor Little It Girl

      Well this could totally work on long hair too, just have to do more in the braid! xoxo Cathy

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  1. Ashliegh

    This is so cute! I just cut my hair to shoulder length so I’m definitely excited to give this style a try!

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    1. Poor Little It Girl

      OH for sure! Give it a go and let me know how you like it! xoxo Cathy

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    1. Poor Little It Girl

      I go to Cole Stevens Salon in DC, I don’t know much about the treatment she does on my platinum but that’s where I go! xoxo Cathy

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  2. Jackie

    I’ve tried to master this look before, and I have such trouble because my hair is thin and I’m not very good at French Braiding.

    That being said, you have thin hair too, right? Maybe I should just practice a bit more before writing off the idea. It looks so good on you!

    Jackie
    Something About That

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    1. Poor Little It Girl

      Try using a bit of dry shampoo where you want to braid, it helps give your hair some thickness/texture to braid! xoxo Cathy

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  3. Jae

    My hair is now shoulder length (from a pixie cut I did last year), so I’m really excited to style my hair again in braids! I feel a bit more put together whenever I wear this hairstyle! ;)

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