Braids are "in" these days, and for good reason. Braids look great with all kinds of hair types and lengths, and can totally vamp up a ponytail. There are elaborate braid up-do's fit for brides, but there are also simple braid styles that look great not just on little girls, but on us!

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My 11-year-old daughter and I are pictured here, each with messy, side French braids. I love this look, and it doesn't take much more time than a ponytail. And here are 5 more styles that will work on our daughter AND you...


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