Season after season, designers send all types of braids down the runway at Fashion Week, cool girls post photos of theirs to Instagram, and celebs set braid trends we all tend to follow. Whether they’re fishtail, waterfall, milkmaid, or the tried-and- true French braid, it’s clear they’re not going anywhere, like, ever. are here to stay. They’re chic, simple, and a commitment-free way to change up your look (shout out to those of you still debating pastel hair or the pixie haircut).
To provide you with a serious playbook, we’ve rounded up 101 braid hairstyles with plenty of new ideas. Short, long, thick, and fine-haired girls alike can be inspired by a new braid (or two) from the gallery above and learn how to braid them themselves, at home. Plus, with tips on how to get each braid just right, you’ll have every source you need for making the look at home. How can you beat that? (Spoiler: You can’t.)