The braid. Whether it was two pigtails à la Dorothy from “The Wizard of Oz”, or a trendy French braid during summer camp, chances are you’ve probably worn a braid at least once in your life. The braid is a classic hairstyle that will never go out of style. Want to graduate from the schoolgirl plaits and up your braid game? There are dozens of chic, modern, and easy ways to rock a braid. Here are 10 of our favorite ones!
1. Double Bun Braids
This is a great option for anyone with curly or natural hair. Start by parting your hair down the middle and running a moisturizing product through the ends. Then take a one-inch piece of hair from the front of one side and start braiding. Gather the rest of your unbraided hair from that same side and tie it up with the braid at the back of your head. Repeat this on the same side and let your hair do its thing throughout the day for a natural look!
2. The Crown Braid
If you’ve got a wedding to attend or you just need an easy hairstyle for work or school, go for the crown braid. This chic, easy hairstyle can be worn basically anywhere! Part your hair down the middle and divide it into two even sections. Braid each section normally and secure each with a clear elastic band. Tug pieces of the braid to make it more voluminous. Flip the braids over the top of your head, secure them with bobby pins, and you’re done!
3. Elegant Waterfall Twist
The sneaky part about this hairstyle is that there’s no braid, it’s actually just a twist. Start on the left side of your head and grab a two-inch section of hair roughly six inches away from your hairline. Split this section two and cross the piece near your face over the other piece. Drop the other piece and pick up a new one in its place. Cross the new piece on the bottom over the top piece, then drop the top piece. Repeat this and create a waterfall twist that reaches the back of your head. Pin the twist and do the same thing on the right side. When both pieces are twisted, combine the ends with a small elastic and you’ve got your elegant waterfall twist!
Why have one braid when you can have two? Start with unwashed hair that you’ve sprayed with dry shampoo, as this is the best texture for braiding. Gather your hair to the side and divide it into equal sections. Braid one section normally and secure, then braid the second section. At the end of the second braid, remove the elastic from the first. Layer the end of a braid over the end of the other to combine them. Secure both braids with an elastic and gently pull the loops to make them look more volumized. This is an easy way to create a style that looks a lot more complicated than it is!
5. Braided Bun
Nothing looks more romantic than a detailed, delicate updo. This is another style that probably seems complicated when you look at it. Think again! Grab a small section of hair from one side of your head, make sure it’s close to the part. Braid it and leave it alone for a minute. Take a second section a few inches below that braid and create a twist. Repeat this step and create one braid and one twist on the other side of your head. Gather all the braids and twists to the back of your head and secure with a small elastic. Flip the remaining hair up and tuck it into the band created by the braids and twists. Secure it with bobby pins and you’ve got a gorgeously intricate hairstyle that everyone will envy.
6. Bohemian Braids
Get ready to look like you just came from a dreamy music festival. Start with a center part and then grab a four/five-inch section of hair on one side of your head. Use this to create half of the braid, but make sure to leave a few strands hanging in front for that Bohemian “undone” look. Braid the hair starting loosely at the top and go straight toward the back of your head so the braid is at a slant. Secure with an elastic and repeat these two steps on the other side. Cross the first braid behind your head so it dips toward the nape of your neck. Pin it to the back of your head with pins and tuck in the bottom of the braid. Repeat this step on the other side of your head. The result is a boho-chic hairstyle worthy of Coachella.
7. Half-Up, Half-Down Twist
Did someone say “princess hair”? When others see this regal, glamorous ‘do, they just might bow down to your hairstyling prowess. Gather two small sections of hair near one side of your part and twist the front piece over the one directly behind it. Add a new section of hair to the front piece and a new section to back piece. Twist these sections with the front piece going over the back and continue doing this and adding new sections as you twist. When you reach the back of your head, stop adding new sections of hair and twist the two sections normally until you reach the end. Repeat these steps on the other side of your head. Take both twists at the back of your head and make an opening above one elastic. Pull the other twist through the opening, secure the style with pins, and remove the elastics.
8. The Fishtail Braid
We know fishtail braids seem difficult, but we’re here to break down the process. Put your hair in a side ponytail and secure it. Separate the ponytail into two even sections. Take a small piece of hair from the outside of one of the sections, bring it over the original section and combine it with the opposite side. Repeat this step for the other section. Always remember to cross the small piece over its original section before you combine it with the opposite one. Grabbing sections of hair, crossing them over, and combining them are the three steps you’ll repeat. Make sure you hold the hair tight all the way to the end. Put another elastic around the end when you’re done and remove the original ponytail elastic. See? It’s not so hard!
9. Voluminous, Classic Braid
Love simple, voluminous hair? Then you’ll love this hairstyle. Create a deep side part and spray your hair with volumizing product. Make sure it’s evenly combed through each section of hair. Tease the hair at the top of your head and comb over it to make sure it’s even. Gather all your hair at the nape of your neck and do a standard braid. Secure it with an elastic at the end, and voila! You’ve got an effortlessly chic look that could easily fit in on the streets of a European city.
10. Boxer Braids
These stylish braids have been popular with celebrities like Kim Kardashian, Katy Perry, and Bella Hadid. Lucky for you, it’s easy to get this red carpet-worthy look! Part your hair in the middle and grab three small pieces at your hairline. Start doing a Dutch braid by weaving pieces under each other instead of over. Repeat crossing the right section under the middle strand and then cross the left section under the middle strand. Add more hair to the root each time you start a new section. At the nape of your neck, switch to a standard braid. Secure it with an elastic, do the same thing on the other side, and you’ve got the look!
Perfect Your Braiding Skills!
Now that you’ve read all about braids, come put your knowledge to the test! At Elevate Salon Institute (ESI), Royal Oak, we’re offering a braiding workshop on August 21st from 4 to 6 p.m. Fall is just around the corner. This is a great chance to learn how to create beautiful braids for the new season. Contact us today to reserve your spot! If you want to really become a braiding expert, consider enrolling in our cosmetology program. Get more information about applying here or call us to learn more.
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