How to Cheat at Braiding: Video Guides For Those Who Can’t Actually Braid

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By now, we all know that braids are never going out of style. While a traditional three-strand braid has been around forever, now we’re in a world where different types of braids know no boundaries. From French to fishtail and lobster tail to five-strand (and everything in between!) things can get a little tricky from time to time.

If you love the look of braids, but you don’t quite have your braiding skills down yet, put your worries to rest. We’re all for any style that will have us looking great with minimal effort, so when we turned to YouTube for some ways to cheat on braiding — and we can’t believe what we found. Obviously, we needed to share all of this greatness with you and trust us, you won’t be disappointed. Check out the tutorials below t0 find out how to create these braided hairstyles without having to do any actual braiding at all!

For girls on the go, this one’s for you! Get a fabulous faux fishtail braid in just seconds — it’s so good you won’t believe it’s not real.

A different twist on the traditional fishtail braid, this look is just as cute as it is easy. A gorgeous style that’s effortless? We hit the jackpot when we found this one.

Bebexo has us covered when it comes to faking braids with this tutorial that shows us two different looks. The only downside of this video is that we can’t decide which style we like more!

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This style has so much dimension that you’re sure to be mistaken for a pro stylist once you’re done.

While we love layers, sometimes they can be a hassle… like when they keep falling out of your braid. This style is the ultimate fix that will give you that side braid look no matter how your hair is cut.

If you’re all about the volume then this is the braided style for you! Stefanie Lohrey shows us how to get the messy fishtail braid look with some curls.

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Pulling our hair never seemed like a good idea until now. But, don’t worry, this pull-through braid doesn’t hurt one bit!

Need your bangs out of your face? BrittanyBearPaws has the solution for you with this fake braid twist. Pretty and practical — what’s not to love?

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