45 Gorgeous Braided Hairstyles That Are Easy To Do

45 Gorgeous Braided Hairstyles That Are Easy To Do

Simple Messy Ponytail Braid
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Hands-down, braids have to be the most versatile of hairdos! They can be worn up, down, or on the side and can go fancy or informal. Not to mention that every hair type can benefit from a braid. Plus, they're generally easy to do, and they look good even when they're messy (see: a zillion celebrities). It's safe to say that no one can go wrong with saving a bad hair day with a pretty braid. Say no more, right? 

Braids are perfect because a big one can be the entire hairstyle and get all the hair off our neck, or a small one can just be a nice little accent. Plus, braids are perfect for second day hair (or third, because let's get real, we're super busy), or basically whenever we just don't have time to wash or heat-style our manes. But for those who already have a go-to style of braid, they might be growing tired of it.  

It makes sense that folks might want to have a few braid styles in their lexicon, right? We definitely think so. 

For those of us who are stuck in a rut over French braiding, here are 45 braid styles that are easy to give a try, no crazy braiding skills necessary. We also made sure to include looks for a variety of hair types and lengths. Enjoy a new 'do in no time!

  • Romantic Fishtail Box Braids

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    These modern, fun, and romantic box fishtail braids look from Hollie Pocket Hair is a perfectly playful look for any season. Pigtails make the look feel fresh and youthful. Plus, as the stylist points out, it's a style that works especially well for keeping long hair away from the face when it's hot and humid. 

  • Anna's 'Frozen 2' Double Braid-Back

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    Ever watch Frozen 2 for the gazillion time and wish for Anna's pretty hairstyle? It's easy to recreate Anna's double wraparound braid hairstyle from Frozen 2 with this tutorial from Cute Girls Hairstyles on YouTube. The stylist demonstrates how to easily get that one seamless braid look.

  • Fishtail Braid Bun

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    If the goal is to keep a mane out of the way and look like a fairy tale princess, this fishtail braid bun does the trick. This YouTube tutorial from Missy Sue offers a step-by-step how-to. The final result is so beautiful and intricate.

  • Double Dutch Braids

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    In an Instagram tutorial, DIYs by Sushi shows how to get these fun messy double Dutch braids. She notes how a Dutch braid differs from a regular braid (it's a matter of weaving under versus over). This is an everyday look we want to live in.  

  • Mohawk Mermaid Braid

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    This soft style from SweetHearts Hair brings to mind Daenerys from Game of Thrones or an elven princess look. Plus, Beth of SweetHearts Hair has given it a catchy name: the Mermaid Mohawk Braid. If that's not enough to want to try this style, we're not sure what is.

  • Pull Through Braids

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    Bust open the drawer of elastics for this one! Check out this tutorial from DIYs by Sushi to get these cool, romantic pull-through double braids. While she styled it with a knit cap, showing how sweet it can be for a wintrer look, the casual style works well any time of year.

  • Elsa Braid

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    Anna's not the only Frozen character whose braids are totally on point. This big French braid from Anna Loves Braids feels like a twist on Elsa's look in Frozen. Check out this tutorial from Annies Forget Me Knots to get the look.

  • Intricate Double Fishtail Braids

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    These intricate fishtail braids are gorgeous. Here's a how-to from SweetHearts Hair. Stylist Beth explains that the braid can be made to look completely different by leaving it tight or pancaking the hair.

  • Double Messy Braids

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    These double messy braids are a cool way to flaunt extensions. Ombre color also looks even more gasp-worthy given the texture of this festival-esque look. Check out this YouTube tutorial from Lush Hair Extensions to see how to create the style.

  • Simple Messy Ponytail Braid

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    This braided pony is super pretty in its simplicity. Rayna of HappyCurlHappyGirl explains how to look the jumbo braid in this YouTube tutorial. She notes that it's an easy way to protect and style hair.

  • Down-the-Middle French Braid

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    A simple French braid down the middle and into a ponytail is such a cute look. It's a fun way to switch it up for people who love a good half-up hairstyle. Plus, it has a bit of a futuristic, Star Wars flair. Move over, Princess Leia! 

  • Flower Braid

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    Flower braids are so pretty and perfect for springtime! They look hard, but they're not at all. MakeupWearables Hairstyles has a really good tutorial for flower braids. 


  • Four Tiny Loose Braids

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    This bohemian hairstyle uses two tiny braids toward the front of a wavy hairdo. It also incorporates two more slightly thicker braids being that. The full tutorial, as well as many other braided hairstyles, can be found on Lyss Ryan's YouTube channel

  • Zipper Braid

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    The zipper braid is one of the most interesting braided styles. It looks amazing! And although it may appear complicated, it's totally possible to achieve with this tutorial by Nina Stark

  • Two Half-Up Side Braids

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    This whimsical braided hairstyle is so pretty. Just take two loose braids from the sides of the head and pull them back to form one center braid. Boom -- you have a fairy tale storybook-esque look that looks just as fresh and gorgeous today as it might have centuries ago.

  • Upside Down Braided Space Buns

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    Space buns are already a fun look, but they can be made even more interesting with upside down braids. These ones are neat, tight, and flawless. 

  • Half-Up Fishtail Braid With a Ribbon

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    A half-up fishtail braid or any kind of braid can be made even cuter with a fun ribbon tied around it. We love this trendy polkadot ribbon! Consider perusing Etsy for sweet ribbon options. 

  • Looped Over Half-Up Side Braids

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    This looks a little complicated, but it's so easy! Roxxsaurus's YouTube tutorial really breaks it down. It's so cute, it kind of looks like a heart. Perfect for date night. 

  • Half-Up Braided Back Topknot

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    A topknot can be easily spiced up with a front braid. This half-up look uses a French braid, pulled into a messy topknot. Curling the ends for the complete, romantic and super stylish look.

  • Glitter Space Buns With a Braided Part

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    Use a skinny braid as a middle part for buns or even ponytails. And the glitter added to this look is a fun touch! Very on trend right now. 

  • Two Low French Braid Ponytails

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    One of the styles in this Missy Sue YouTube video is this adorable low ponytail style. It just takes two French braids that end on the scalp to form two low ponytails. Then, weave a chunk of hair wrapped around them to hide the rubber bands. 

  • Four Small Braids Pulled Back

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    This tutorial by Roxxsaurus shows how simple and quick this braided hairstyle is. It really just involves making two small braids on each side of the head. Then, pull all four to the back and rubber banding them together. 

  • Braided Headband

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    This fun hairstyle just involves one braid done with a side piece of hair, wrapped around the head to the other side, and bobby pinned down. It can be as thick or thin as one desires. The end result is definitely one that would be an obvious choice on Game of Thrones or at a festival like Coachella.

  • Three Braided Buns

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    This look is created by making three loose braids in the back and simply rolling them up into buns. Check out the full tutorial on Malibu's YouTube channel. What a sweet, romantic way to keep hair out of the face on a sweltering hot day! 

  • Low Mini Bun Braids

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    This Instagram user explained her cute braided hairstyle: "This is a simple double Dutch braid style pulled apart a bit to look thicker. She has super thin/fine hair so I almost always pull her braids to loosen them, plus I like the looser look better anyways." She rolled up the ends into two little flower buns, then pinned them with a bobby pin.