I love braided hairstyles.

Did you grow up styling your hair with a three-strand braid? Are you stuck in a braiding rut? Braided hair isn’t just for girls; it is also for women.

For women with long enough hair and a passion for new styles, give a shot to braids. This beautiful look pulls hair away from your face but gives you a feminine, put together look.

Also, it emphasizes highlights, color variation, and texture in your hair. No matter your hair type, give braids a shot!

#twistout #flattwist #textureshot

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Medium-length, natural hair with red highlights styled with tight braids on the side for that creative finish.

Highlighted, coily hair incorporated with three tight french braids at the side. This hairstyle might look common but observing each and every detail makes it more appealing.

An updo consisting of detailed rope braids starting from the bottom part, up to the tousled and curly top. This hairstyle is creatively donw with lots of details and texture.

Gabrielle Union sure knows what chic and trendy means. She attended the Pre-Grammy Party last February 11, 2012 with this messy, one-sided fishtail braid.

Gabrielle Union sure knows what chic and trendy means. She attended the Pre-Grammy Party last February 11, 2012 with this messy, one-sided fishtail braid.

Wearing my new @pulleez hair tie #pulleez 💫

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Wavy, platinum blonde hair styled into a messy ponytail with some parts, teased to perfection. The braided headband added a nice touch of femininity into this look.

❤❤❤ #hairandmakeupbysteph

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One thing about braids: it does not need a specific style. It works on both ways whether you like it neat or messy. In this braided halo, a messy style is chosen and it actually looks perfect with all the contrasting elements and texture.

A detailed shave, braids and a messy bun. This hairstyle releases an edgy feminine aura that will totally rock any getup.

A romantic upstyle made up of a neat braided headband and a messy low bun. The combination of these elements is just so perfect as it complement each other in a gorgeous manner.

Long and wavy, dark-colored hair in a stylish half-up incorporated with a three-strand braid. This effortless braid is one good way to secure the strands.

Forget politics.. I just want to braid hair! 🇺🇸

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Dirty blonde, wavy hair in a braided half-up. The chunky fishtail braid has a messy finish, giving it the best texture ever.

Last  April 25, 2015, Lima attended the White House Correspondents' Association Dinner in a sweet, braided style oozing with elegance and style.

Last April 25, 2015, Lima attended the White House Correspondents' Association Dinner in a sweet, braided style oozing with elegance and style.

Stunnnning 😍😍😍 @n.starck

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Long and straight gray hair styled into this chunky braided ponytail. The texture and creatitvity of this hairstyle is so stunning it is definitely instagram-worthy!


9 Types of Hair Braids with Examples

Types of hair braids
There is nothing wrong with the standard three-section braid but the availability of other options gives you endless style opportunities. A braid is perfect for a busy mom, a night out with friends, or any other social occasion. Visit a stylist or teach yourself any of these other braids:

1. Three-Strand Braid

Woman with three-strand braided hair.

Woman with three-strand braided hair.

Regular braid with three strands or hair sections used for ponytails or pig tails.


2. French Braid

Woman with french braid.

Woman with french braid.

This braid pulls in your hair as you go to give you a tight, elegant style. It incorporates strands into a standard three-strand option.


3. Upside-down Braid

Start with a French braid but instead of starting at the top of the head, begin at the nape of the neck.


4. Dutch Braid

This is an inside-out French braid. Instead of being braided over each other, it is underneath.


5. Rope Braid

Instead of three strands, the rope consists of two sections twisted around one another.


6. Fishtail Braid

Woman with fishtail braided hair.

Woman with fishtail braided hair.

After separating your hair into two sections, you take one strand from underneath one of the sections and pass it over to the other section. It creates what some call a ‘pancake’ look.  See our fishtail braids gallery here.


7. Halo Braid

Woman with milkmaid halo braided hair.

Woman with milkmaid halo braided hair.

Also known as a Milkmaid Braid, divide your hair into two pigtail braids and have them meet in the middle of your head. This creates a crown on your head.


8. Waterfall Braid

Example of a waterfall braid hairstyle.

Example of a waterfall braid hairstyle.

A waterfall braid keeps half of your hair up and lets the other half cascade down through the use of a technique like a French Braid. The braid goes across the back of your head but hangs loosely down your head.


9. Spiral Braid

Example of spiral braids

Example of spiral braids.

Gather the hair on the crown of your head and braid across your hairline from the left side, to your neck, up to the right side of your hair. This braid spirals across your head.


Benefits of Hair Braiding

If you are thinking about putting your hair in a braid, there is an advantage to this style. Not only does it keep your head cool, but it also helps your hair rest from all of the styling, heat, and products you apply. Sometimes your hair simply needs a break from the daily routine. This protects against split ends when you pull it up and style your hair.

Don’t Have Long Enough Hair to Braid?

For women without the length to braid, a stylist adds extensions to your hair to achieve your style. There are braid options for short hair, instead of pulling up all of your hair just braid a section of your hair. Short hair put into a braid is easy to put into a braid that ends up looking like an updo.