Braids are an incredibly popular and versatile hairstyle. You can easily create the right braid to match the look you’re going for, regardless of what kind of style you want to achieve. From a simple plait to truly unique designs, there are dozens of braids you can try out for any occasion.
For a relaxed ‘do, try creating a messy side braid similar to Amanda Seyfried’s. Don’t worry about keeping the different sections of your braid even; differently sized sections will help create the perfect carefree look.
A crown braid is the perfect option if you want a sweet and romantic vibe. Best of all, it can be dressed up or down to suit your mood. To make it look extra dreamy, leave a few face-framing strands out and curl them.
Fishtail braids are a popular alternative to a traditional braid, and they are the ultimate cool-girl look. To achieve this style, braid from your face to the back of your head, tie it off with a double-tie knot, then finish plaiting the rest of your hair.
You can rock braids even if your hair is curly and textured, like Yara Shahidi. Instead of trying to force them into place, let your curl and curve into different directions for an edgy and unexpected take on this look.
For a ‘do that looks effortless and carefree, opt for a singular fishtail braid. Don’t worry if strands fall out of place, as that’s what gives this look its Boho vibe. A nice texturizing spray can help everything stay in place
A messy side braid like Isla Fisher’s is perfect for busy mornings when your hair refuses to cooperate. Best of all, you don’t have to try to get each strand to stay in place; fly-away hairs are part of what makes this style so great.
A classic side braid is a difficult look to beat but is incredibly easy to pull off. Simply divide your hair into three even sections and braid it on one side. Try straightening your hair before braiding to give it extra length and shine.
Buns and braids aren’t mutually exclusive looks. To rock a braided bun like Sara Sampaio, pull your hair back into a ponytail on the middle of your head. Then braid the ponytail before wrapping it up into a bun!
Braids can be as simple or as complex as you want them to be. For a truly unexpected look, try turning your ordinary braids into an extraordinary mess. You can even only braid parts of your hair and curl the rest to create a more ethereal look.
Continue to get creative with your braids! You don’t have to do dozens of intricate designs to make a look that’s unforgettable. Even a simple design with three or four braids – like this one – is attention-getting and beautiful.
Similar to a braided bun, you can also use braids to create flowers for a Boho-chic ‘do. Continue braiding strands down from the flowers so they look like stems. To help the flowers stand out, leave the rest of your hair stick-straight.