Hairstyles with braids are cute, quirky, and keep hair in place. There are lots of braided hairstyles beyond the usual French braid and long, low utilitarian braid. For those with medium to long hair, play with a variety of styles to dress your look up or down. Braided hairstyles work especially well with curly, thick, or extra long hair. So how do you braid hair? Here are some easy ways to create your own cute braided hairstyle. Try one of these plaited looks:
Another attractive and easy braided hairstyle is the braided hair bun. This style is functional enough to keep hair from tangling during sports or camping and dramatic enough for a fancy affair or even for a wedding hairstyle.
Braid crowns are a romantic and bohemian look that frames the face and keeps hair in place. For a version that is easy to do yourself and doesn’t require shoulder length hair, try the super cute and stylish half crown braid. Starting above one ear, plait a French braid just across the forehead. Close the braid with transparent elastic or combine the look into with your hair down, a side braid, or half up hairstyle.
Another elaborate looking but easy to do braided hairstyle is the upside down French braid. Just flip your hair upside down and begin the classic French braid at the nape of your neck, the pieces are just plaited underneath instead of on top. Keeping tension consistent, continue braiding until you reach the top of the head. Tie the braid with elastic, letting remaining hair form a loose bun. Style bangs as desired.
Skinny baby braids are a quick and easy to spice up any casual hairstyle, up or down. Blow dry hair and add product as usual. Select sections of hair that frame your face and that fall behind your ears. Plait sections of hair no thicker than a half inch into tight braids. Tie the braids with transparent elastic bands or for a seamless finish, mist the ends with heat protectant spray and secure the plaits with a straightener. Skinny braids liven up with hair down, half up hairstyles, and hair up hairstyles.
To add variation to these looks, try other braiding styles. The fishtail, 4-strand, and Dutch braid styles add an appearance of complexity with little added skill.
From summer hairstyles to bridal and wedding hairstyles, braids bring your look to the next level.