You don’t have to have super long locks to rock some cute braided hairstyles. In fact, you can have all kind of hair because braids can be worn in large variety of ways. And we’re divulging some of our favorites.
Types of Braids
Over the centuries, humanity has invented a ton of ways to braid hair. All these braiding techniques have their own names and you’ve probably seen most of them, but didn’t know they had a specific name.
The techniques vary depending on the area of the world you’re in, and they also vary depending on the type of hair one has. Curly hair will braid differently to straight hair, for instance. Also, certain braiding styles are more suitable for particular updos, and so on. It’s all quite complex and beautiful at the same time.
Here are a few types of braids you could try:
- French Braids
- Dutch Braids
- Fishtail Braid
- Plait Braids
- Rope Braid
- Lace Braid
- Lattice Braid
- Ladder Braid
- Single Braids
- Multiple Braids
- Crochet Braids
Most of these are super difficult to make on your own hair, at least not without a ton of practice, so you better start trying them out on your friends.
Most Beautiful Braided Hairstyles
These 30 braided hairstyles are for all kinds of tresses and we can’t wait to try some ourselves! Check out the tutorials!
1. Messy Crown Braid
The Wonder Forest has a lot of great tutorials – especially for shorter hair. And this messy crown look is one of our favs.
2. Waterfall Braid
Over at Once Wed, you’ll learn how to recreate this elegant, waterfall braid for yourself. We love its elegance and how it can be both casual and more formal.
3. Triple Braid
We found this awesome, triple braid hair tutorial over at Hair Pixiie and we’re loving the innovation. Experiment a bit for those with longer locks!
4. Dutch Side Mermaid Braid
Personally, I’m in complete love with this Dutch side mermaid braid from Hair Romance. Medium and long hairstyles can partake in this beauty too!
5. Romantic Side Braid
Once Wed has so many great tutorials and inspiration when it comes to hair. And this is one of our favorites with it’s imperfect touches and romance.
6. Braided Ponytail
This too can be done no matter what kind of hair you have – as long as you have enough for a ponytail! Hair Romance has the easy instructions.
7. Rope Twist Braid
Hair Romance does it again with providing wonderful tips and inspiration for us. This rope twist braid is gorgeous and it’s so easily recreated!
8. Zipper Braid
Check out this Youtube video to try your hand at recreating this zipper braid look for your or your little gals at home! We love the innovation.
9. Half-Up Braid Bun
Join the Mood featured this creative half-up braid bun and it too is drenched in inspiration and innovation! It’s flirty and fun for all year round.
10. Double Braid
Over at Sincerely, Kinsey you’ll find this gorgeous double braid look and exactly how to recreate it for yourself. Then, just style it to your liking!
11. Simple Side Braid
If you visit Beauty Tutorials you’ll find this easy, simple side braid that everyone can utilize whether your hair is short or long. And we love the bit of oomph it gives to your everyday look.
12. Half-Crown Braid
For another look that can be fun, formal or casually easy, hop on over to Hair Romance and peek at this tutorial for a half-crown braid!
13. Double Dutch Braid
Check out this YouTube video to learn how to create this double dutch braided look. And it will be perfect for those with long or short hairstyles!
14. Halo Braid
Express-O shows us step-by-step how to make a halo braid right at home with the help from a friend! This too can be dressed up or down for any occasion.
15. Messy Rope Braids
If you like a more casual and less pristine look then you’ll want to head on over to Love Maegan and snatch up the details for this bohemian-inspired, rope accent.
16. Boho Rose Braid
It’s easy to fall in love with this boho rose braid upon first sight. We did. Grab the original details over at Hair and Makeup by Steph and swoon away.
17. Four-Strand Braid
Here’s a nice twist on the classic three-prong braid we all know and love. Visit A Cup of Jo for the instructions and inspiration.
18. Princess Braid
Twist Me Pretty gives us a tutorial that will have us all feeling like a princess by the end of the day. And there’s a video to help with the creating!
19. Little Fishtail Braids
Check out these little fishtail braids over at Join the Mood. You’ll love the innovation, of course, but you’ll also love the youth and vibrancy behind the style too.
20. Braided Bun
Join the Mood featured this braided bun and we’re loving it too! We love it’s simplicity and love how versatile the style is as well.
21. Fishtail Braid
Here’s a wonderful tutorial for learning on of the more classic braids; the fishtail! Once Wed is where you’ll have to hop on over to and grab the DIY details.
22. Baby Fishtail Braid
When your hair is on the shorter side, and you want something that’s still loose but party-ready, you can mix this half up style with a princess braid and finish off with a short fishtail braid. Just lovely from @Ighairandmakeup.
23. Half Up Fishtail Braid
For a beautiful night out, you can go for this half up fishtail braid. The fishtail braid starts off on the right in full, and then joins in with a plain strand from the left side of the head, carrying down in a beautiful loose fishtail braid. Love this style from @zoneabeauty_aleksandra.
24. Bun Braid
We also have this really cute braid bun you can do yourself. You’ll have to braid a part of your hair, twist up the loose hair into a bun and then wrap the braid around it, before fixing it all together. What a cool look!
25. Elegant Two-Braid Updo
This beautiful style features multiple braid styles and it looks just lovely, especially as you split all your hair into two braids and then tie them up on the back of your head. So lovely!
26. Twisted Braid
Who knew using twisted braids you can get such a lovely result?! We sure didn’t, but we absolutely love the idea nonetheless and want to try it out soon!
27. Zig Zag Braid
If you want to leave your hair mostly loose on your back, you can go for this style where we have the braid done in a zig-zag. Such a lovely idea and it’s one that looks great.
28. Braided Rose
Perhaps one of the coolest styles we’ve seen is this braided rose. Technically, it’s not even that difficult to do, and the result is super impressive, so it’s definitely something we want to try.
29. Pull Through Braid
Another style you have to consider, especially if you have a lot of hair, is this pull-through braid style. This will definitely take some time to get done, but it’s cool nonetheless.
30. Waterfall Braid
When you mix these delicate braids with loose hair, it all looks so elegant and cute and we absolutely love the outcome. It will work for a formal event just as well as it will work for a walk in the park.
Tresses Hair – Final Words
We’re sure you have more ideas than what we have listed above. Feel free to suggest different braided hairstyles or anything you’ve done yourself.
We’d love to hear from you. Hit us up in the comments box below.