20 Cute French Braid Hairstyles to Up Your Weekend Hair Game

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It’s no secret we love French braid hairstyles. It’s is one of the easiest, best-looking braids to master, and once you get the hang of it, there are endless looks to be created. Whether it’s a romantic updo, a classic braid crown, or a half-up half-down hairstyle, nothing ups your weekend hair game quite like a chic French braid.

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So why not class up your morning grocery store run with a fabulous French-braided hairstyle? A fabulous look with practically zero time commitment—now those are styles we can get behind. Here are 20 of our all-time favorites.

A version of this article was originally published in May 2016.

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STYLECASTER | Cute French Braid Hairstyles | French Braided Top Knot

On days when your hair is less than ideal (read: messy AF), opt for this French braided top knot.

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STYLECASTER | Cute French Braid Hairstyles | Micro Braid

Make a micro braid and tuck it into a low ponytail.

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An updo French braid is perfect for summer.

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STYLECASTER | Cute French Braid Hairstyles | Low & Loose

Begin a low, loose French braid, then twist and pin the rest of your hair underneath.

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STYLECASTER | Cute French Braid Hairstyles | For Short Hair

Short hair deserves some French braid love, too.

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STYLECASTER | Cute French Braid Hairstyles | Loose, Face-Framing Braid Crown

This loose, face-framing braid crown is just gorgeous with a nature-inspired accessory.

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STYLECASTER | Cute French Braid Hairstyles | Unique Braid

This unique hairstyle doesn't wrap around the entire head. Flip the end of the braid over and pin underneath for a similar look.

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If you have the mane to pull it off, opt for a long, thick French braid.

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STYLECASTER | Cute French Braid Hairstyles | Headband

A braided headband is a super-pretty way to keep your hair out of your face.

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STYLECASTER | Cute French Braid Hairstyles | Twisted Fishtail

A twisted fishtail braid like this one is complicated, but the resulting look is worth it.

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STYLECASTER | Cute French Braid Hairstyles | Half-Up French Braid

This half-up French braid segues into a fishtail for a unique look.

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STYLECASTER | Cute French Braid Hairstyles | Two Braids

The only thing better than one gorgeous French braid? Two gorgeous French braids.

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STYLECASTER | Cute French Braid Hairstyles | Several Braids

Braids, braids and more braids: Tuck two small braids into the body of a larger one for a similar effect.

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STYLECASTER | Cute French Braid Hairstyles | Loose Dutch Braids

Being by doing a Dutch braid and tug on the braid to make it look loose and thicker as you go.

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STYLECASTER | Cute French Braid Hairstyles | Fun Braids

Why have one braid when you can have three?

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STYLECASTER | Cute French Braid Hairstyles | Side Braid

Perfect this side braid by French braiding hair around the face, then braid the lengths fishtail-style.

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STYLECASTER | Cute French Braid Hairstyles | Teeny-Tiny Braid

A teeny-tiny French braid adds an adorable touch to long, loose waves.

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STYLECASTER | Cute French Braid Hairstyles | Fishtail Braid

Create chunky braids, leading into a beautiful, messy fishtail.

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STYLECASTER | Cute French Braid Hairstyles | Braided Crown

Braid a section of hair on either side, then pin them parallel to each other to get this look.

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STYLECASTER | Cute French Braid Hairstyles | Create Volume

The volume at the top of this gorgeous braided 'do is everything.

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  • STYLECASTER | Cute French Braid Hairstyles | French Braided Top Knot
  • STYLECASTER | Cute French Braid Hairstyles | Micro Braid
  • STYLECASTER | Cute French Braid Hairstyles | Updo French braid
  • STYLECASTER | Cute French Braid Hairstyles | Low & Loose
  • STYLECASTER | Cute French Braid Hairstyles | For Short Hair
  • STYLECASTER | Cute French Braid Hairstyles | Loose, Face-Framing Braid Crown
  • STYLECASTER | Cute French Braid Hairstyles | Unique Braid
  • STYLECASTER | Cute French Braid Hairstyles | Long, Thick French Braid
  • STYLECASTER | Cute French Braid Hairstyles | Headband
  • STYLECASTER | Cute French Braid Hairstyles | Twisted Fishtail
  • STYLECASTER | Cute French Braid Hairstyles | Half-Up French Braid
  • STYLECASTER | Cute French Braid Hairstyles | Two Braids
  • STYLECASTER | Cute French Braid Hairstyles | Several Braids
  • STYLECASTER | Cute French Braid Hairstyles | Loose Dutch Braids
  • STYLECASTER | Cute French Braid Hairstyles | Fun Braids
  • STYLECASTER | Cute French Braid Hairstyles | Side Braid
  • STYLECASTER | Cute French Braid Hairstyles | Teeny-Tiny Braid
  • STYLECASTER | Cute French Braid Hairstyles | Fishtail Braid
  • STYLECASTER | Cute French Braid Hairstyles | Braided Crown
  • STYLECASTER | Cute French Braid Hairstyles | Create Volume

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