Braids never go out of style. They're easy. They're versatile. They're elegant. They're casual. They can be inside out and upside down and tucked and coiled and French and Dutch and fishtailed. They can be just about anything you make them with the proper inspiration. So, we compiled 50 of our favorite French braid hairstyles and a bunch of great variations to get you started.
Long, luscious braids on the New York Fashion Week runways give us hair envy, but we're seriously dying to chop our hair. Lucky for us, braids look great at every length. We've pulled together 11 of our favorite braids for short hair. So go ahead, make the cut, and then add these braided hairstyles to your great big book of beauty ideas.
Whether you call them box braids, jumbo braids, or even Poetic Justice braids, this trendy hairstyle is one to try. Not only is it a fun look, but it's also a great style for girls trying to protect their natural hair in the cold winter months. Check out these 15 box braids hairstyles to keep your look fresh.
Big, messy braids were all over the NYFW runway this year; so much so that they spilled over into music festivals, street style, and even casual weddings! While getting the perfect messy braid is often easier said than done, this voluminous mermaid braid is the exception to the rule.
This braided bun updo is the perfect combination of naughty and nice. The lace braid keeps it looking romantic and elegant, while the messy bun adds texture and a rock-and-roll attitude. Give this style a try for your next wedding, holiday party, or school dance.
This rope braid updo hairstyle is sure to keep strands in place, frizz at bay, and you feeling light and fresh all summer long. Bonus: This roping method is easy to accomplish with two strands, so it's a great style that anyone can create.
Spice up your everyday hair routine using one of these amazing braided hairstyles by Ulrika Edler, our go-to hair guru of Yet Another Beauty Site. With everything from fishtails to updos to lace braids and beyond, you'll find a tutorial that suits your hair and your braiding ability with this ultimate guide.
British hairstylist Lisa Farrell's Armour collection is a mind-blowingly gorgeous tribute to African culture.
If you've mastered the French, Dutch, and fishtail braids, the four-strand braid should be the next on your list. It may look complicated, but it's not as hard as it appears. Whether you practice on a friend or on yourself, this cool plait is worth the extra effort.
This braided hair tutorial is the perfect way to add edge to any look. It's fun, flirty, super trendy--and best of all, ridiculously easy.
Braided hairstyles are always a good go-to look when you're tired of the same old hairdo, and these corset braids will bring your look to the next level.
When life throws you a curve and your getting-ready time is cut in half, don't sweat it. You can still look insanely put together with this simple braided updo that's way more complex-looking than it actually is. If you can do a basic three-strand braid, you can pull off this 'do.
Braided hairstyles were a favorite on the Spring 2015 NYFW runways, and we're not just talking about the classic, three-strand braid. Whether you prefer messy and oversized or intricate and modern, braids are everything this season. Click through to see our favorite styles from from the shows with bonus tips to help you re-create the look.
Looking to jazz up your three-strand braid? This is the tutorial for you. Don't worry; while a pull-through with a stacked braid may look super-complicated, it has only a few more steps than a typical pull-through ponytail. Plus, the results are absolutely stunning.
Bring a fun, flirty look to your repertoire of hairstyles without taking a lot of time or talent. These cute twisted pigtails are perfect for a weekend shopping trip, late night concert, or getting from the gym to work without a hassle.
Long-haired ladies, rejoice; we have another style that's perfect for containing your mane. If you're getting tired of the same old three-strand braid, give this five-strand braid a try. It's not nearly as complicated as it looks; you just weave strands of your hair together!
A small tweak on a traditional braid can give you this sweet result: the waterfall braid. The look is romantic yet playful and easy enough to create. Wear your waterfall for date night, special occasions, or weekend fun. Learn how to create a waterfall braid in a few easy steps!
Braids are definitely a hairstyle staple, and nobody does the 'do better than these celebrities. Check out their gorgeous red carpet braided updos and get inspiration for your next night out.
Although these braids look very elegant and complicated, they're actually quite easy to do.