25 Beautiful Braids to Try Now

Alle Connell
25 Beautiful Braids to Try Now
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Is there anything we love more than easy braided hairstyles? Especially for our summertime life, there’s nothing that pulls our look together faster—or more stylishly—than a well-deployed plait.

And because we love nothing more than inspiring your hair game, we’ve compiled a list of 25 of the most beautiful braided hairstyles that only LOOK like they took hours. Go forth and allow the braidspiration take your work day hair game to the next level.

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A braid crown is a chic way to style longer hair. Simple part your hair down the middle, braid each side so that you have two long plaited pigtails, then flip them up ad bobby pin to the crown of your head. Voila!

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A half-up hairstyle is basically perfect for the weekend—hitting the sweet spot between stylish and easy. Fishtail braid the top section for a look that's just a little unexpected.

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Yes Virginia—you CAN wear a side-braid in a way that doesn't make you look like an '80s throwback. Deep part your hair on the opposite side, plait your hair down low and pull out a few wispies to make sure your hair isn't too "done."

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But if more "done" is your thing, a long, sleek fishtail braid always looks elegant. Clip in some colored extensions or use some awesome hair chalk to brighten up your locks—because why not? It's the weekend, and weekends are the perfect time to take some temporary risks with your look.

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Okay, so the neon red eye makeup might be a bit much—but a thin accent braid is the perfect way to add immediate interest to hair worn down.

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This chain-link looking braid looks really complicated—but once you've mastered how to do a four-strand braid, nothing could be simpler. You'll have the best hair at brunch, guaranteed.

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A beach-wavy style is enhanced with a loosely twisted braid, studded with metallic hair accessories. The perfect combination of tough and awesome.

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If you have shorter hair, no worries—braids are still for you. Rock your lob in two slim, slightly mussed French braids and pinned loosely in the back.

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Elegant waves, cobalt eyeliner stylish enough to stop traffic and a loose, slightly twisted side-braid? Yep, we want to rock this look all week long.

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Why not embrace you inner Ariel with a mermaid braid?

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If a topknot is more your speed, why not braid the heck out of it? Fishtail plait the heck out of it, then wrap it around the elastic and secure it well with bobby pins!

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Shorter hair can be hard to get into a high ponytail—until now. French braiding the underside of your hair captures all the flyaways and gives you a totally unique, amazing style! Pro tip: flip your head upside-down while plaiting, it makes things so much easier.

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We love this braid crown for the slightly twisted, coiled-up look of the plaits. Undone is sometimes better!

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Flyaways don't have to be the end of the world! Lean into them and pair them with a slightly messy side braid for a totally chic I-woke-up-like-this weekend look.

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If you're into a more polished look (or perhaps your hair is still damp from the shower as you race out to meet friends), a delicate French braid is a really stylish hair choice.

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Growing out your bangs? Just want to keep the hair out of your face? A modified waterfall braid is the perfect styling option!

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If you're looking to jazz up a loose side-braid, a thick headband is a perfect way to add interest to your weekend style. Pick a color that contrasts with your hair for maximum impact.

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A braided bun? Um, yes please!

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If you need a tighter braid to keep your layers in place, a bandana knotted at the top of the head is totally cute.

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Braiding a section of hair at either side, then crossing and pinning them in the back, is a brilliant way to keep your hair out of your face. It also looks impossibly chic—but takes all of thirty seconds to execute.

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If the classic side braid is feeling a little staid, adding an accent braid up high and working it into your main plait just SCREAMS summer.

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Fresh or silk flowers tucked into the base of your braid is beautiful, brilliant and super-simple. It immediately looks like you've put heaps of effort into your style, even if it's only taken you a couple of minutes.

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If you have layers, you know the struggle of trying to encompass them into a braid. So we say, why fight it? Leave some of your layers out for a look that's all sorts of Parisian-cool.

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Slicked-back hair and a teeny accent braid? Always fabulous.

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And if all of these are a bit too wild? Stick to the classic three-strand down the back; rough up your braid a little so it doesn't look too schoolgirl.

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