Braided hairstyles have come in and out of fashion over the years, and they’re back with a vengeance right now. This collection of 7 braided hairstyles will help you decide what works best for your hair length, texture, and style preferences. If you’re looking to add some spice to your hairstyle routine, these braided styles are the perfect place to start!
1) The French braid fishtail
This braided hairstyle combines a French braid with a fishtail braid. The style may look complicated, but we’ll walk you through it step-by-step. After completing a French braid on one side of your head, turn that section into a fishtail braid by crossing over and adding hair to it in an identical pattern. Once you get to that turning point, cross over once more and begin another simple French braid on top of your head.
2) The Dutch braid bun
A Dutch braid bun is exactly what it sounds like. It’s a Dutch braid that you pin up and let form into a bun. Unlike other braids, a Dutch braid isn’t intended to be worn down; rather, it can be used as an interesting alternative to a traditional bun or ponytail. What’s even better? The style works with most hair types, whether you have thick locks or thin strands.
3) The waterfall braid
The waterfall braid is a versatile, eye-catching hairstyle that looks great on both long and short hair. To create a waterfall braid, divide your hair into two sections and begin French braiding one side. Once you get to your ear, cross over to finish with a regular three-strand braid. Fasten off with an elastic.
4) The mermaid plait
Take a section of hair from one side of your head and separate it into three strands. Divide these strands into two sets, and cross them over each other to form a plait. Repeat with another section of hair on the opposite side, so that you have two braids running along either side of your head. Cross them in an X shape in front of your head and continue until you reach your crown. Finish by gathering all the plaits together in a neat bun at the back of your head.
5) The braided crown updo
This hairstyle requires medium-length hair (at least past your shoulders) and is best for women with very thick hair. First, you need to create a ponytail. Then, take two strands of hair from either side of your head. Each strand should be about 4 inches long—and braid them together. Finally, tie off one end of the braid and then twist it until it’s shaped like a crown.
6) The half up half down fishtail braid
It’s similar to a classic fishtail braid, but it starts on one side instead of both. When you fishtail braid your hair with a one-sided start, you get a look that’s more loose and airy than its double-braided counterpart.
7) Dual braids into one bun
This style works best with loose braids. First, separate your hair into two sections. Make a loose braid on each side of your head. Make sure they’re not too tight so they don’t pull at your scalp when you add them to your bun. Divide them equally into two ponytails, twist and wrap one around another, then secure in place with an elastic band or a bobby pin.
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