Braids aren't just for little girls. We often see braided hairstyles at glamorous red carpet events and on fashion runways. If you want to get gorgeous in a flash, trade your regular 'do for a braided hairstyle and enjoy all the attention you get.
We've got 12 beautiful braided hairstyles to inspire you!
1. Braided Chignon
A braided chignon looks intricate and romantic, and suits every woman. To create this beautiful braided hairstyle, you must have at least medium-length hair, of any texture.
Create a middle part and braid the face framing sections of your hair on both sides. Gather these braids along with the rest of your hair at the nape of your neck and tie them up in a low ponytail. Twist the ponytail into a bun and secure with bobby pins. Finish your braided chignon with a gentle spritz of fine-hold hairspray.
2. French Braided Updo
A French braided updo is perfect for many occasions and for all the right reasons! You can wear this ultra-feminine hairstyle to a date, a wedding, a cocktail party or a red carpet event.
To create this braided hairstyle, you must have medium-length to long hair. A French braided updo works best with straight and wavy tresses. For a romantic date night, add a dose of dazzle to your hairdo by tucking in a couple of ornate hairpins!
3. Roughed-up Braid
A roughed-up braid looks sporty, sexy and naughty – all at the same time! Creating this braid hairstyle is very simple. Make a regular loose braid at the nape of your neck or on the side. Gently tug at hair sections to create an unkempt look.
Want to rough things up a little more? Create a messy bouffant braid by back-brushing your hair at the crown of your head. Set your braid for longer wear by spritzing a generous amount of hairspray.
Wondering where you could sport this lived-in braided hairstyle? At a party of course!
4. Fishtail braid
What's not to like about a fishtail braid? It is intricate and trendy and suits every woman! Most importantly, this braided hairstyle helps us to control our hair in the most stylish of ways.
Fishtail braids work best with long, wavy hair. If you have straight hair, we recommend that you spritz a small amount of tousle-waves hairspray on your tresses to create texture. You can go for a neat fishtail braid or try out a bohemian look by gently pulling the braid apart with your fingers.
5. The 'Not-Too-Neat' Braid
Don't like prim 'n' proper braids? No problem! Try out this not-so-neat braid instead! This piecey braided hairstyle looks great with a deep side part, but you've got to have at least medium-length hair to make it!
There is a simple trick involved in making this braided hairstyle. When you section your tresses, keep them of varying thickness. This unevenness will lend your braid a freewheeling, curvy look.
6. Braided Headband
Although braided headbands suit all face shapes, an important factor to bear in mind while creating this hairstyle is their thickness. As a thumb rule, the rounder your face, the slimmer your headband should be. A chunky braid pulled across the hairline as a headband makes a round face look bigger. But it looks great on long or oval face shapes.
7. Easygoing Side Braid
Give your 'good girl braid' a groovy twist and go for an easygoing side braid instead. This braided hairdo keeps your beautiful tresses in control without letting you compromise on style. Most importantly, unlike most other intricate braided hairdos, this style takes only a couple of minutes to create and is therefore ideal for rushed mornings.
You can choose to braid your hair tightly or loosely, but to keep it from falling apart, remember to mist it with a few pumps of fine-hold hairspray.
8. Braided Bun
Braided buns are a classic day-to-night hairstyle that work best for women with medium-length to long hair. You can create a tight high bun or a relaxed low one, depending on which style suits you best.
To make this hairstyle, mist your tresses with a good strand-smoother serum spray. This will help to detangle knots and remove frizz from your hair. Divide your hair into three sections and make a braid. Twist the braid around in a bun and secure with bobby pins.
When you are done for the day and ready to party, simply untie your bun and undo the braid to get gorgeous, natural-looking textured waves!
9. Milkmaid Braids
Creating this braided hairstyle is simpler than it looks. All you need to do is make two pigtails on each side of your head, braid them and secure them like a headband, on the top of your head (as shown in the image above)!
You can try out different variations of milkmaid braids depending on what you fancy. If you're after a romantic look, go for slightly mussed-up braid. However, if you like sleeker hairstyles, blow-dry your hair and work in a little hair-smoother serum to create a neat and polished braided hairstyle.
10. Braids with a Half-Up Hair
This two-in-one hairstyle lets you enjoy the easy manageability of a half-up hairdo and the fun of braids. The style is very fresh and very simple to create too! To make braids with half-up hair, you need at least shoulder-length locks. It doesn't matter whether your hair is straight, wavy or curly; this style works well with all hair textures.
Take a small section of your face-framing hair and pin it back in half-up style. Starting at the crown, part your hair into two sections; make two side braids and secure them with elastics. Spritz some fine hold hairspray to set your cute hairstyle for long wear.
11. Multiple Braids
Not happy with one braid? Make as many as you want!
Multiple braids make for a perfect weekend hairstyle, when all you really want to do is forget about intricate updos and let your hair down. You can make multi braids with straight, wavy or curly hair.
Multiple braids look super cool and if worn overnight, can lend your hair a sexy, crimped texture – without any heat styling! You can also pull off this braided hairstyle as a day-to-night look – go about your day in multi braids and untie them all in the evening to get a super voluminous, textured, ready-to-party hairstyle!
The 'Blake Lively Braid'
Thanks to her gorgeous, long, sun-kissed hair, Blake pulls-off the most intricate hairstyles with ease. In the image above, we see her beautiful tresses pleated into a fishtail braid. So what's so different about this hairdo and what makes it Blake's signature style? Look how high the braid is – now that is a variation that we don't get to see everyday!
You don't need to go to a salon to get the 'Blake Lively braid'. Make a tight, high ponytail and pleat it into a fishtail braid. You can also try out a simpler variation and make a regular braid instead of a fishtail. Add a dash of bling to your braided hairstyle by tying the ponytail with a glittery hair-tie!