25 Ways to Take Your Braid to the Next Level

Lauren Keller
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25 Ways to Take Your Braid to the Next Level
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Braids have been a staple in pretty much every girl’s hair arsenal since we were kids. We practiced for hours and hours on our favorite doll, trying to figure out exactly how to weave three strands together to get the look just right. Once we mastered that, we quickly graduated to the French braid, and eventually the fishtail braid when that became a thing—this time doing various braiding styles on ourselves instead of our dolls.

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But at this point, we’ve seen just about all the Insta-worthy side-braids and fishtails that we can take—it’s time to change things up. We decided to round up 25 new braided hairstyles you need to try this summer. Time to put those braiding skills to the test, ladies!

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This tiny variation on a standard 3-plait braid is just enough to shake things up a bit.

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Regular half-up, half-down styles can get boring, but adding a fishtail to your look keeps it fun!

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Trying to keep the hair out of your face? We'd say this is the perfect way to do it!

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Even something as simple as throwing on a headband automatically amps up your look.

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We're saying unfinished is the new finished.

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Twisting a braid up into a bun - so easy and cute!

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Want this inverted braid? Simply cross the sections underneath each other instead of on top!

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How much cooler does a fishtail look with some color?!

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She seems pretty happy about her look, so we think it's safe to say you will be too!

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And you thought two pigtail braids were lame...

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Part game strong.

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Sweep a side braid into a ponytail for this super cute look!

Goodbye topknot, hello fishtail bun!

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Absolutely loving these baby braids!

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Simply wrap some colorful fabric around your braided pigtails for extra oomph!

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Accessorizing your braids to match your outfit? Definitely a do!

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Braiding back a small section of your hair automatically adds some dimension to your style.

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Braids don't have to be just messy and disheveled – they can also be oh-so-elegant.

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Wet hair, don't care.

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Why rock a standard ponytail when you can have one made of braids?

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When having only one braid just won't do.

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Bun? Check. Braid? Check.

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The perfect way to keep side-swept bangs out of your face!

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Such an amazing updo for any occasion!

 

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Nothing boring about this ponytail!

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