You would be surprised to hear that braiding is one of those ancient hairstyles that originated around 5000 years ago in 3500 BC. Braiding as we see now is a hairstyle but that is not how it started, braiding was more than a hairstyle, it was considered as an art piece.
What are the popular types of Braid?
Braided hairstyles are one of those statements that have its casual version, wedding version, serious version and so many more. Braid is that element that blends in almost all occasions. Some common variations of braids are Box Braids, French Braid, Lemonade Braid, Dutch Braid, etc
Dutch Braids are one of the common ones where the braiding starts on the top of the head and continues all the way till the end. Lemonade Braids are the ones with shaved sides with patterns due to undercutting and Braided ponytails are those fancy Ariana Grande style look.
How do you rock Braids?
Braids are nothing but weaving done on the hair. The hair texture be it afro, thick or thin decides the feel of the braid. Sometimes the weaving starts on top of the head or some start from the middle so different length gives a neat vibe to it.
Sometimes dying with more than one color makes it very modern and pops like nothing else.
We have compiled these inspirations for you straight from the red carpet, straight from Hollywood to your screen!
Charming Scarlett Johansson's Tiara Braid
Braids are one of those styles that can be made as versatile as one’s imagination. The one here is a tiara braid which consists of a braided strand that goes all the way around the top of the head. The blonde to black dual-toned dye makes it very neat yet elegant.
Loosely Knit Whitney Port's Casual Braid Tail
Braids have the ability to be very elegant and be casual at the same time. The one we have here is a casual braid with loose-knit textures. The top is very fluffed with a braid tail bringing it all together. The blonde color makes it pop very neat!
Jessica Alba's Weaved Braid
Well, Jessica Alba’s smile in itself is quite a look but the hair here is a mystery. Let me crack it down for you, the braids are weaved into open hair strands. What happens is that the long hair strands are tied and the whole look becomes quite controlled and almost a bob-cut look.
Katherine McNamara's Single Weaved Braid
Single blonde braid strand here is one crazy hipster-influenced look pulled by Katherine McNamara. The thick hair texture makes this possible quite subtly. The key here is to pluck hair strands from the side and part them, next weave them to form a braid and tie them off with a band. Voila!
Tightly Knit Emilia Fox's Braid Look
Usually, braids are weaved from three strands but here this wrapper braid has multiple strands of hair as it starts from the top of the head all the way down collecting almost all the hair. This braid style looks good in a formal event as one’s hair is always in control and collected.
Tamsin Eggerton's Thin Braid Look
Is it just me or does this look like it is inspired by mortal combat? The top is slightly puffed while the whole feel of this braid hairstyle is very neat. The thin braid needs some effort here, first, the three strands for weaving have to be tightly knit. Moreover, all the hair has to be collected first before weaving.
Bun Wrap Braid by Jessica Simpson
Jessica’s bold look is a result of quite a few elements. The hair is tightly pulled back with thin braid plaits bunned up at the back with a wrap-up bun to give a bold feel to it. Moreover, the twin dye shade is something that separates the top from the back.
Nicole Richie's Short Braid with Frizzy Waves
Now that is something one can rock at home or on the red carpet. The top is slightly wavy with the front being loosely fringed. The braids however are a totally different story, being casual that it is, it also is knit pretty tight so that it doesn’t open up.
Emilie De Ravin's Loose Crown Braid
A Crown braid is the one where all the hair is first braided and then wrapped the head with those braids. The catch here is the frizzy look because of loose hair chilling all over the head. The hair that hangs on the forehead is half bang look with pocky hair spilling out all around.
Isla Fisher's Rust Blonde Braid
We all know that braids need tight weaving in order for them to stay still. However, some variations in the rules and we this. The braid is loosely knit with thick hair so that it looks like only ends of that are knit. The rest of the hair is pretty fluffed with blob pompadour to give that extra volume.
Paris Hilton Rocks Twin Forehead Braid
Thin hair has its advantage and we see one on Paris Hilton. The front of her head is twin braided but one of those thin ones. The rest of the hair is kept loose while the ends of the rest of the hair are also twisted. The key to this look is to tightly knit front hair strands.
Top to Bottom Dutch Braid by Selena Gomez
When it comes to uni-braid hairstyles, this one totally stands apart. Top to bottom braid starts on top of the hair with thick strands with weaves going all the way down till the end of the hair. One thing to note is, thick hair strands enhance this look and some fluff makes it a tad better.
Subtle Banded Braid by Katy Perry
Katy Perry is a huge deal when it comes to rocking new hairstyles. This one here is just another example of that. There is only one strand of a thick braid that goes from side to side that acts as a wrapper on loose hair. Low-key it also gives a slight retro look.
Aisleyne Horgan Wallace Lined Braid
Not your usual uni braid hairstyle. If you look closely Aisleyne rocks an interesting kind of braid that has a liner pattern rather than a heavy one. The key here is to knit the hair with thin strands and then stretch a bit for that lined look. Next, you can have the top all tight and wrapped or let it loose like this one.
Braids All Over by Gwen Stefani
Right from those retro times, braids in this one is all over the head with thin hair makes up for rope braids. These are rope braids with a blonde dye make it so much fun. The hair on the head is quite dark in contrast to the look. Keep it tight for that set hair.
Anna Kournikova's Tennis Court Look
When on court one has to be all calm and collected. This uni-stranded thick braid is exactly when it comes to the handiest. All the hair from all over the head is collected and divided into three groups which are then weaved comfortably so that it isn’t loose neither is too tight to be bothersome.
Nina Dobrev with That Lemonade Twin Braid
Well, this look is not just braid-focused. The undercut on the side is what sets it apart from anything else. Moreover, the undercut helps to the side part and then have all the space on the side for the hair to be braided. The twin pushed-back braid is a neat style to go for, as it is both trendy and neat.
Mackenzie Foy with a Cute Rope Braid
You will see this hairstyle and braid pattern in modern weddings. The recipe is quite simple. Collect all hair on either side so that the alternate side becomes a tad loose. Next up start weaving the hair for that thin rope texture and then tie the ends. Lastly, pluck a few loose strands that can hang loose on the forehead or the side as per your preference.
Afro Bun Braid by Jada Pinkett Smith
First of all, the versatility that Jada rocks are something that only she can pull off. The top here is a tightly thin braid that is long on its own. Then those strands are tied as a bun on the back. That is not all, all of this so much poppy because of two things, white dye and undercut on the sides.
Helen Hunt's Twin Braid with Fringe Look
Twin braid has a different approach now, the top is fringe banged with soft white dye. Next, the hair is divided into four sections for that group to be braided into four braids. Next, those four braids are paired with each other so as to make two braids. This version of the twin braid is quite a new one.
Berenice Bejo with a Forehead Thick Band Braid
A very royal and elegant look that we have here is the one with the single braided strand on the top acting as a band. The rest of the hair is brushed in such a way that it looks as if this braid is holding all of it. The key is quite simple. Braid a thick strand which then goes from side to side inducing this wrap-up look.
Amari Moore and Her Afro Braided Pony
Top to bottom braid has many versions and this happens to be one of them. The braid starts on top of the head where all the hair strands are pulled together for that all-in-one look. The braid extends all the way down till the end and voila! The key to the fluff is having a slight bulge at the start of the braided pony.
Cat Deeley's Braid Multiverse
If one look existed where we could see different-sized braids chilling together, this would be it. The mix braids here are what make this style pop quite well. But it is not only about braiding differently, it is also the art of blending them all together so that it stays together and gives a royal yet modern look.
White and Black Braids by Serena Williams
While playing tennis or any other sport for that fact, hair has to be organized in a way that doesn’t bother while playing. Braids happen to be the one that makes a perfect blend of style and perfectly controlled strands. Here the white and black dye adds a bit more life to it.
Riri's Rope Braids
Afro hair being thin yet tough is what makes this braid quite special. The rope braids are a compilation of multiple braided strands brought together in order to form this cluster on the sides. Moreover, the top is undercut braided for that pattern.
Sienna Miller's Bright Smile and Blonde Tiara Braid
Sienne does look like a princess especially when she rocks this tiara braid. Weaving this braid is usually not very tight and kept a little loose plus it is braided from side to side so that it sits on top of the head perfectly. Next up, comb the rest of the hair in a way that it stays controlled.
Red and Black Afro Braid
Having longer hair length always enhances when it comes to braiding. The braids here are tightly weaved with a thinner group of strands as the style needs more braid strands. This one is compiled of braids covering up the whole head.
Bunned Back Thrice the Braid
A very neat and calm look that we have here is quite unusual at the same time. The three braided strands go on all sides of the head to meet at the back in the form of a bun. Now, this is something that we don’t see quite commonly. Moreover, the rest of the hair is flattened and collected for that extra level of a neat look.
Four Braids Patterned Top
Braids can be both, subtle and noisy. This one is on the noisy side of the style where one wants to make a statement and wants to make the presence felt/ The four braids start from the top of the head all the way till the back, making a very symmetrical pattern. The key is to have tightly knit braids.
Black to Maroon, Thin to Thick Braids
The trick to this hairstyle might look complex but in reality, it isn’t. All you need someone who knows how to braid with detail and then start braiding from the top of the head and continue braiding till the end. Then just as you would style your hair, do it with these knot barids. Voila!