A braid is a great way to kick up just about any hairstyle. However, many people think of braids as being difficult, so they never actually try anything new. The thing is, if you’re willing to put in a little bit of work, braids can actually be surprisingly easy and super successful. If you’re interested in making your hairstyle even more exciting, no matter what you’re doing it for, try these braided hairstyles.
1. Fishtail Braid
A fishtail braid is one of those braids that looks a lot more complicated than it actually is. It’s sort of like a French braid, which means if you know how to do a French braid, you can definitely do this one. Tie your hair into a low ponytail, then split it into two sections. Take a piece of hair from the outside of one section and pull it into the inside of the other section. Repeat all the way down. Don’t be afraid to let it get messy — that’s part of the boho-chic charm.
2. Crown Braid
This braid style, sometimes referred to as “milkmaid braids,” is a classic way to make your hair look a little more refined while still maintaining a fancy-free style. To create it with the least amount of hassle, make two braids at the nape of your neck, using half your hair for each of the braids. Pin one up to the top of your head, then pin the other up on top of it to hide the loose ends, tucking its own loose ends underneath.
3. Halo Braid
In a way, this is a more elegant version of the crown braid. It sits up higher on your head and stands out much more. The best way to achieve this is with a Dutch braid, also sometimes referred to as a “reverse French braid.” Instead of crossing the strands and added hair over, as you would with a French braid, cross them under. Start your Dutch braid at the crown of your head, braid all the way around, then pin it under the starting point.
4. Double French Braid
If you know how to do one French braid, you can easily do it twice for an even more interesting and unique look. Part your hair all the way down the middle, using a comb to create a crisp part. French braid one side, tying it into a ponytail as soon as you’ve gathered all the hair into the braid. Do the same on the other side. Curl the hair coming out of the ponytail for an extra boost of elegance.
5. Snake Braid
This interesting style is a great addition to your existing braiding style, and the best part is that it’s super easy. If you can do a typical three-strand braid, you can probably do this one as well, even if you need someone to help you hold down the hair. Braid your hair as you normally would. Then hold one strand in place and slide the other two strands up toward the root. Pull the braid apart from itself to create an interesting style and pin the whole braid back.
6. Beads and Braids
Beads are a great way to add a little bit of style to your plain braid. It works best with smaller braids, but you can try it out with a variety of different bead sizes. Braid as you would typically, then thread a bead or two onto the braid. Pull it up the braid until it stays lodged at a certain point. Tie the braid off with an elastic, which can help keep smaller beads on the bottom.
There is a huge variety of braided styles out there for you to try. Whether you’re looking for something edgy, elegant, understated, out-there, simple or astonishing, you can find a braided style that fits for you. Plus, if you want a more labor-intensive style that you don’t quite have the skill for, you don’t have to go at it alone. You can schedule an appointment at an Ogle School salon near you to receive a hairstyle that fits your needs, no matter your personal skill level.