3 Easy Ways To Braid Your Hair While Growing Out A Pixie Cut

You don't need a lot of hair to get a lot of variety.
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May 7, 2014
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short hair, braids, Tangle Teezer, pixie cuts, short hair styles

I've been experimenting more lately with my pixie as I let it grow out a little, and I was thrilled to discover that I can sort of do braids now. (I was inspired by this Refinery29 article.)

I came up with three very simple braided hairstyles that short-haired girls can do--nothing complicated, if only because I don't actually know how to do fishtails or French braids. I taught myself how to do a basic braid when I was a kid, and then couldn't be bothered to go beyond that. (But if you can do it, tiny fishtail braids would look great woven into a pixie cut!)

Your pixie has to be a little grown out for this to work. Mine is between three and six inches now, I think (except for the close-cropped back). It also helps to have rather dirty hair. (I, unfortunately. took this too far and so my hair looks a bit greasy, I'm afraid.)

Three things that I used that I recommend keeping on hand are some bobby pins (I actually prefer using big Conair roller pins because my hair is so thick), some tiny hair elastics (I used black, but clear works too), and a Tangle Teezer. Oh, Tangle Teezer, how I love you. I used to brag about not owning a hairbrush because I thought I didn't need one. I'm so glad I bought this, though. I told my sister to buy one because I'd heard good things, and after I tried hers I rushed back to Target the very next day to get my own. Nothing has ever made my stubborn hair shut up and take a seat the way this brush does.

OK, Tangle Teezer soliloquy over; let's get to the braids!

The Forehead Braid

First, I made a deep side part using my Tangle Teezer. My part wasn't perfectly straight, but I'm OK with that because I personally think only a center part needs to be perfect.

The next step is to take the front of your hair and divide it into three equal sections.

Then... you know, braid it. Just do a braid. Do I have to explain how to do a basic braid? I hope not.

Then I tied up the end of the braid with elastic and pinned it under a lock of hair.

Pretty, right? It's sort of like half a crown braid.

I made this one a bit too tight, I think. It's better if you let it go down across your forehead a little more. My first one was better, probably because I wasn't actually trying. That's the way things go.

The Pulled-Back Braid

For this braid, I took my Tangle Teezer again and brushed my hair back, away from my face.

Again, I separated the top of my hair into three sections and then braided it going away from my face.

Once it was braided as far as it would go (not very), I tied it and pinned it down.

This is as good a time as any to remind you not to get easily frustrated if you have a hard time braiding your pixie. Short hair is bound to come out of the braid here and there and generally look imperfect, and that's OK. Messy braids are the best braids.

I imagine this one would look great if you did it as a French braid. I haven't the faintest idea of how to do that, but if you do and your pixie is long enough, WHAT ARE YOU WAITING FOR?

Side Braids

OK, one more time with the Tangle Teezer, this time to make a center part.

I thought I got a picture of me dividing the hair into three sections again but I guess not. You know the drill by now anyway. Just gather as much hair on the one side of your head as you can and try to have each of the sections be equal lengths. Then braid it going down and slightly away from your face.

Tie it up, pin it down, and then do the same on the other side. Don't worry about getting both sides to look identical; I'm pretty sure that's impossible.

Now smile, because you're done with these stupid braids and can finally put your arms down.

Which look was your favorite? Let me know if you try any of these--I want to see pictures!

Photos by Joshua Kirby