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!

Emancipate your inner fairy with this two-toned purple hairstyle. Two different shades of purple is used in this masterpiece: one is on the dark side while the other one is lighter. A little section of the hair is also braided for that extra feminine finish.

Long, straight hair separated into two tones; one side is in black, while the other is in platinum blonde. These tones, just like China's Yin Yang sign, showcase the interconnection of contrasting elements.

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Look divine with this timeless upstyle. Braided crown emphasizes more of your facial features, so be sure to try this one if your cheekbones are on fleek.

Style your wispy hair with the goodness of braided half-up. This one looks awesome on blonde hair since the braids are more visible in this kind of shade.

Double buns braided tightly for that neat finish. This hairstyle promotes not just style, but also protection and comfort.

Afro looks nice alone, but a little bit of style won't hurt. The woman's natural hair is incorporated with cornrows on the side making it more fun and trendy!

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Upgrade your sunset hair with the uniqueness of full-head braids. This hairstyle is perky and creative, not to mention neat.

A woman enjoying her summer getaway with a trendy hairstyle. Her long, dark hair is styled into amessy fishtail braid.

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Slay your beach day with this messy but chic low bun, styled with two beautifully-done braids.

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Blonde babe sporting her straight bob with some tight side braids. Pretty cool and sleek!

The woman's hairstyle is oozing with beauty and contrast. Her messy bun is paired with a neatly-done fishtail braid on the side and it turned out into a really gorgeous upstyle.

The woman is wears her mohawk in a braided style. This one's a perfect outdoor hairstyle; quick, easy and presentable!


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.


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.