Double Dutch Pigtails for Short Hair

Double dutch braids for short hair (click-through for the full tutorial)When I cut my hair, I felt like I was saying goodbye to braids and some of the more complicated hairstyles I had come to love. For awhile at least! But in the past couple of weeks, I’ve realized I don’t really have to say goodbye that much!

A lot of my favorite hairstyles can still be pulled off with a few adjustments and some patience. Although working with shorter hair is trickier than longer—pieces keep seeming to slip out!

One style I saw a lot this summer but never got around to trying was double Dutch braids, or boxer braids. With a little adjustment in the form of pigtails and some patience, this style is still possible to pull off on shorter hair.

Double dutch braids for short hair (click-through for the full tutorial)
Step One: Divide your hair into two even sections and tie off one side.

Step Two: Take a small section of hair towards the front of your head and divide it into three sections to start your braid.

Step Three: To make an inverted French braid or Dutch braid, cross the sections underneath each other. So take the right section and cross it under the middle, then the left section and cross it under the new middle piece.

Step Four: Add to your right piece of hair and again cross it under the middle. Add some hair to your left section and cross it under the middle.

Step Five: Continue braiding and working your way down the back of your head.

Step Six: When you reach the base of your scalp, tie off your braid with a small elastic leaving a little hair behind as a ponytail.

Step Seven: Repeat these steps on the other side.

Double dutch pigtails for short hair (click-through for the full tutorial)
That’s it! This style also looks really cute with longer hair where instead of leaving little pigtails at the end, you can make two messy buns. I was nervous about trying such a complicated looking braid style on short hair, but the French and Dutch braid styles actually work a lot better than regular braids for short hair.

Because you add sections as you work your way down, you don’t need long hair to make the braids. If your hair feels too short and slippery initially with this style, then try prepping your hair with some volumizing powder—that will give you thicker braids and “stickier” hair that holds a style better.

If you’re looking for great workout hair, then try this style with a traditional French braid. Cheers, Rebecca.

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Credits//Author and Photography: Rebecca Stice. 

  • so I have attempted to do this, but my arms usually get very tired in the beginnig. What should i do?

  • I am loving this double dutch pigtail! I have so many clients with short hair that ask me at my salon what kind of different styles they can use. I will certainly be nothing this one down! Thanks so much for sharing.

  • Great article! Very informative, thanks for the post!
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  • So cute! I have hair about the same length and I’m always trying to figure out what to do with it!

  • So like that you cut your hair, because I could never figure out how to do you elaborate braid styles on short hair! Lol I can’t wait for more short braided styles! Thanks

  • These are so cute, perfect for when I can’t be bothered to do anything with second day hair! Thank you

    – Natalie

  • Hi Katie! This is a good one that Rebecca recommended in one of her other posts: 🙂 -Jacki

  • Do you have a recommendation for a good volumizing powder? Or any suggestionsuggestions about what to look for in one?

    I had this moment in the aisles of Target this weekenday where I was all “I’m going to get volumizing powder” and then realized I didn’t know what I was doing.


    • A really good volumizing powder is got2b POWDER’ful volumizing styling powder. Hope this helps!!

  • I love this — my hair is very similar in length to yours and I never thought I could actually achieve this hairstyle! Will definitely be giving it a try. Thanks for the tutorial, Rebecca!

  • A hairstyle for short hair, wonderful! I will definitely try this one!

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