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.
Amanda Seyfried's Look Carefree Side Braid
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.
Mary Kate Olsen's Crown Braid
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.
Double Tie Fish Braids
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.
Yara Shahidi's Broken Braids
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.
Boho Fish Braid
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
Isla Fisher Messy Side Braid
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.
Classic Side Braid
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.
Sara Sampaio's Braided Bun
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 Turned Beautiful Mess
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.
Multiple Braid Design
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.
Boho Flowers Design
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.
This pair of braids are made even more worthy of being in a period piece because of their length. But don’t shy away from trying them out if you don’t have long hair.
Have in mind that to get that puffy look you’ll need to pull on the strands once you’ve secured the braid.
Emily Blunt's Tight Side Braid
Honestly, this is such an elegant and underrated look! I love a good braid but when they become the finishing touch to an elegant updo I fall in love all over again. Emily Blunt is here to remind us how classy does it!
Side Braid with Side Swept Long Bangs
This is such an incredible braid style! The four-strand braid is one that’s just been making a comeback. I love how you almost always need to do a double-take to properly see that this isn’t your regular English braid.
Make Believe Mohawk with Braids
For those a little bit more adventurous out there, this is a pretty rad style to copy. It almost looks like they were trying to recreate the shape of a mohawk and unified the look by braiding the hair in the back. Experiment with multiple braids and thickness to create a unique look!
Faux-Hawk and Braids
A style that’s definitely more elaborate and therefore, probably not a look you’ll want to go for every day as it might be a tad more time-consuming.
You can always change what’s going on top for something more simple, although in this case, it is exactly what brings this hairstyle together by contrasting the two side french braids.