A couple people asked me about the braid in my hair today, since it is no where near long enough to even pull back into any kind of pony tail. Yes, it is my real hair. Yes, I braided it myself.
When your hair is short a braid is still possible. Instead of braiding in the normal french-braid way, try doing an inside-out french braid. The basic tenant for this is that the middle section is the one that does the crossing over on top instead of the end pieces. Also braid your hair wet, after applying a frizz-reducing product. (I use either an Herbal Essence Mousse or John Frieda’s Frizz-Ease smoothing creme, but use whatever works for you.)
I’ve found that an inside out allows for two things that are key for braiding short hair. One: the braid stands out a little more so it is actually visible even if it is small. Two: it is easier to bobby pin flyaways into the braid when it’s styled this way.
Don’t know how to braid? No problem. I taught myself, after a lot of practice, by using the Klutz braiding book. It gives you detailed instructions on how to do a variety of braids and it illustrates the finger placement, which is KEY when braiding.