Since I cut my hair, I've been at a loss for different ways to style it, usually opting to either wear it down, in a messy bun on top of my head or a low ponytail. But I was happy to discover that braids aren't out of the question, even with my shorter length. Lately I've been doing a sort of messy side braid that's romantic, but unfussy and takes minutes to create (first seen here). Here are the steps.
Step 1: Part hair to one side (directly above the arch of your eyebrow).
Step 2: Separate hair into three pieces and begin the french braid process across the top of your head.
Step 3: Continue french braiding, incorporating more hair as you follow your hairline.
Step 4: Secure the braid directly in the back of your head with bobby pins.
Step 5: Take two small pieces of hair on the opposite side of the braid and twist.
Step 6: Secure the twists directly above where you pinned the french braid. Then, create a simple low bun with the remaining hair, covering the bobby pins.
Step 7: Finish by giving the braid a bit of volume and messing it up slightly by pulling out small sections of hair so the look isn't too perfect.
P.S. Wearing the custom lipstick I made here.