40 Braided Hairstyles For Long Hair April 6, 2017

Creating something magical with your long hair that you consider boring. Sounds ridiculous, right? But here’s the thing – it’s actually doable! With normal three strand braids, fishtail braids, French braids, Dutch braids, and every variation you can think of in between, you can create true works of art with your long tresses. All you need is a little bit of creativity, our styling ideas, and the step-by-step tutorials we’ve given with them to make your life easier! And the beauty of a well-done braid lies in the fact that it keeps your hair from flying in all directions and can be paired with any outfit. So what are you waiting for? Read on to find out our favorite picks of braided hairstyles that guarantee double takes.

40 Beautiful Braided Hairstyles For Long Hair

1. Easy Braided Ponytail

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Let’s start out with something, shall we? Perfect for a day filled with classes, this ponytail wrapped with a braid is chic, simple, and takes less than 5 minutes to do! Honestly, what more could you ask for from a hairstyle?

What You Need
  • Smoothening serum
  • 2 hair elastics
  • Bobby pins
How To Style
  1. Prep your washed, dried hair with some smoothening serum.
  2. Part your hair deeply on one side.
  3. Leaving out your bangs, pick up a big chunk of hair from the front from the side of the parting with more hair.
  4. Do a simple 3 strand braid with this section and secure it at the end with a hair elastic.
  5. Gather all your hair (including the braid) into a mid-level ponytail at the back of your head and secure it with a hair elastic.
  6. Remove the hair elastic at the end of your braid and unravel your braid.
  7. Pick up a thin section of hair and wrap it around the base of your ponytail to conceal the hair elastic.
  8. Secure this thin section of hair with a bobby pin under your ponytail to finish off the look.

2. Messy Loose Boho Ponytail Hair

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Now, this hairstyle is definitely the very definition of boho. Loose waves, super relaxed braids, carelessly tied and haphazardly placed buns…this hairstyle definitely ticks all the boxes when it comes to boho styling. And it looks ridiculously cute!

What You Need
  • Sea salt spray
  • Hair elastics
  • Bobby pins
  • Light hold hair spray
How To Style
  1. Spritz on sea salt spray all over your hair.
  2. Part your hair on one side.
  3. Pick up a 3 inch section of hair from the front and split it in 2 sections to fishtail braid it.
  4. To do so, pick up a thin section of hair from the outer side of one section and add it to the inner side of the other section. Keep doing this alternately until you’ve braided right till the end and secure with a hair elastic.
  5. Stretch and pull the braid apart to make it look wide and messy.
  6. Tie all your hair, along with the braid, into a low ponytail.
  7. Take a big chunk of hair from right under the hair elastic of your ponytail, and roll and tie it into a super messy bun.
  8. Take another chuck of hair from below the bun and repeat the previous step.
  9. Finish off by spritzing on some light hold hair spray to set the do in place.

3. The Brilliant Braid

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Many moons ago, when I was just starting out on my hairstyling journey, the fishtail braid was my Everest. Though now I can whip one up in 5 minutes flat, back then I could have done anything to find an easier to way to fishtail braid my hair. I had to suffer – but you don’t have to! Here’s a simple hack to do this beautiful braid in the easiest way possible. You’re welcome.

What You Need
  • Texturizing spray
  • Bobby pins
  • Hair elastic
How To Style
  1. Spritz on some texturizing spray all over your hair.
  2. Part your hair on one side and pin back the hair on the side of the parting with more hair.
  3. Gather all your hair on one side and flip it over your shoulder.
  4. Grab all your hair with one hand.
  5. Above where you are holding all your hair, create a gap with the forefinger and thumb of your other hand.
  6. Grab the hair at the bottom with your forefinger and thumb and flip it all over and into the gap you had created. Do not let go of your hair.
  7. Repeat steps 4 to 6 over and over again until you have “braided” all your hair. Make sure you don’t create the gap right in the middle, but slightly away from where you had created one previously.
  8. Secure the end of your brilliant braid with a hair elastic.

4. Triple Braided Bun

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You can’t say ‘no’ to a braided style this beautiful. Perfect for any formal event, this updo looks deceptively intricate but is super easy to do. Just 3 braids rolled up into 3 buns and you’re good to go!

What You Need
  • Teasing comb
  • Hair elastics
  • Bobby pins
  • Light hold hair spray
How To Style
  1. Part your hair on one side.
  2. Tease down the hair at the top of your head to create volume.
  3. Divide all your hair into 3 parts.
  4. Braid each of the 3 parts separately so that you end up with 3 braids, and secure their ends with hair elastics.
  5. Roll up your first braid into a bun and secure it to your head with the help of hair elastics.
  6. Repeat the previous step with the other two braids.
  7. Spritz on some light hold hair spray to secure the braided buns in place.

5. Four Strand Accent Braid

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Who says that a braid can only be done with 3 strands? Prove all those naysayers wrong with this gorgeous 4 strand braid. It may look difficult to achieve but once you get the hang of the braiding pattern, there’s no stopping you!

What You Need
  • Texturizing spray
  • Hair elastic
  • Bobby pins
How To Style
  1. Prep your washed, dried hair with some texturizing spray.
  2. Part your hair on one side.
  3. Leaving out your bangs, pick up a 3 inch section of hair from the side of your parting with more hair.
  4. Divide this section of hair into 4 equal sections and number them accordingly.
  5. To braid this hair, flip section 1 over 2 and section 4 over 3.
  6. Then flip section 1 over 4 (that is now in the middle).
  7. Renumber the sections again and repeat steps 5 and 6 until you have braided all your hair.
  8. Secure the end of your braid with a hair elastic.
  9. Secure the braid at the back of your head with some bobby pins and flip some hair over them to hide them from view.

6. Five Braids Bun

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Here’s another long braided hairstyle that uses a simple hack to create a stunning effect. And with a name like ‘Five Braids Bun’, this hairstyle is quite self-explanatory. The four braids rolled into a bun create the illusion of having voluminous hair, so it’s perfect for someone who finds it difficult to style their fine textured hair.

What You Need
  • Hair elastics
  • Bobby pins
  • Medium hold hair spray
How To Style
  1. Part your washed, dried hair down the middle.
  2. Divide your hair into 5 equal sections and do a simple 3 strand braid with each of them separately.
  3. Take the third braid (that is right in the middle), roll it into a bun, and secure it to your head with the help of bobby pins.
  4. Now, pick up the braid right next to the bun, wrap it around the bun, and secure it with the help of bobby pins.
  5. Wrap and pin the rest of the braids around the bun in the same manner.
  6.  Spritz on some medium hold hair spray to secure the bun in place.

7. Boho Braids Back Headband

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Let loose your bohemian spirit with this gorgeous braided headband style. While most headband styles place the braids on top of your head, this unique hairdo pins them across the back. Simple, yet oh-so-beautiful.

What You Need
  • Sea salt spray
  • Hair elastics
  • Bobby pins
How To Style
  1. Spray on some sea salt spray all over your hair to give it a wavy texture.
  2. Part your hair down the middle.
  3. Pick up a 3 inch section of hair from the left side of your parting, braid it, and tie the ends with a hair elastic.
  4. Repeat step 3 on the other side.
  5. Place the left braid across the back of your head and pin it behind your right ear.
  6.  Place the right braid across the back of your head and pin it behind your left ear.
  7. You can insert more bobby pins along the length of your braids to further secure them in place.

8. Little Fishtails

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What’s better than one big fishtail braid? Many little fishtails braids, of course! This sectioned off fishtail style creates an adorable bubbled effect in your braid, making sure that bits of your hair do not unravel through the day.

What You Need
  • Texturizing spray
  • Hair elastics
  • Straightening iron
How To Style
  1. Spritz on some texturizing spray to add some hold to your hair.
  2. Part your hair on one side.
  3. Gather all your hair on one side and tie it into a low side ponytail to fishtail braid it.
  4. Divide your hair into 2 sections.
  5. Pick up a thin section from the outer side of your left section and add it to the inner side of your right section.
  6. Then, pick up a thin section from the outer side of your right section and add it to the inner side of your left section.
  7. Repeat steps 5 and 6 alternately until you have braided about 3 inches of your hair, then tie it up with a hair elastic.
  8. Keep repeating steps 4 to 7 until you have fishtail braided all your hair into little sections.
  9. Straighten your bangs and part them on one side.
  10. Loosen up the braid a little to give it more volume and texture and finish off the look.

9. Half Up Pull Through Braid

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Flirty, fun, and carefree. This is the image you will project with this super relaxed half updo. With a unique take on the traditional braid, which makes generous use of hair elastics and the ‘pull through’ method, you are sure to make heads turn when sporting this look.

What You Need
  • Hair brush
  • Hair elastics
  • Bobby pins
  • Sea salt spray
How To Style
  1. Brush back your hair and tie it into a half ponytail.
  2. Pick up a 2 inch section of hair from near your left ear, braid it, and secure the end with a hair elastic.
  3. Repeat the previous step on the right side.
  4. Flip your left braid over the half ponytail and pin it under it.
  5. Repeat the same with your right braid to hide the elastic holding your ponytail from view.
  6. Now, split your ponytail horizontally into half so that you end up with one section over the other.
  7. Split the bottom section of hair again into 2 parts, wrap them around the top section, and tie them together with a hair elastic.
  8. Keep repeating step 7 until you’ve “braided” the full length of your half ponytail.
  9. Finish off with a few spritzes of sea salt spray to add more texture to the look.

10. Half Up 3 Boho Braids

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Running late for a date and only have 5 minutes to do your hair and makeup? I’ve got you covered! This half up style only requires you to braid 3 braids together into a single braid. It’s braid-ception.

What You Need
  • Texturizing spray
  • Hair elastics
How To Style
  1. Start off by spritzing on some texturizing spray all over your hair.
  2. Pick up a 3 inch section of hair from above your left ear, do a simple 3-strand braid with it, and secure the end with a hair elastic.
  3. Repeat the previous step with the hair on top and on the right side of your head so that you end up with half your hair in 3 braids.
  4. Pancake (loosen) the braids to make them look wider and messier.
  5. With the 3 braids acting as 3 strands, braid them together 2-3 times and secure this combined braid with a hair elastic.

11. Double Boho Braid

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Looking for a style that’s a tad more traditional? Look no further! This gorgeous style makes use of every braided style in the book. With a topsy tail at the top and a fishtail braid resting atop a normal one, this style is sure to make everyone who sees it do a double take.

What You Need
  • Texturizing spray
  • Hair elastics
  • Bobby pins
How To Style
  1. Prep your washed, dried hair with texturizing spray.
  2. Pick up 1 inch sections of hair from near your ears and tie them together in a half ponytail at the back.
  3. Topsy-tail this half ponytail by creating a gap above the hair elastic and flipping the ponytail over and into it.
  4. Fishtail braid the ponytail by splitting it into 2 sections and alternately picking up a thin section of hair from the outer side of one section and adding it to the inner side of the other section.
  5. Secure the end of the fishtail braid with a hair elastic.
  6. Now do a simple 3 strand braid with all the hair left out under the fishtail braid and tie the end with a hair elastic.
  7. Insert the tail of the fishtail braid into a stitch at the bottom of the simple braid and secure them together with the help of bobby pins.
  8. Finish off the look by pancaking your braids to make them look messier.

12. Pull Through Braid

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There is a serious lack of hairstyles for people whose personal style is sporty, yet feminine. This ponytail done up in a pull through braid should remedy that. Perfect for a cozy night in or a girls-only sleepover, this ponytail braid style will make you look cute and still keep your hair out of your face.

What You Need
  • Hair elastics
  • Bobby pins
How to Style
  1. Pull back all y our hair and tie it into a high ponytail.
  2. Take a thin section of hair from your ponytail and wrap it around the base of your ponytail to hide the hair elastic from view.
  3. Horizontally split your ponytail into 2 sections so that you end up with one section on top of another.
  4. Split the bottom section of hair into 2 parts, wrap them over the top section, and tie them together with a hair elastic.
  5. Repeat the previous step over and over again until you have pull-through braided your ponytail completely.
  6. Pull apart your braid to loosen it up and give it a fuller look.

13. Chic Shoelace Braid

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Get experimental with your hairstyling game with this new style of braiding! Though the name may sound bizarre, shoelace braids actually look super chic and edgy. AND they are so easy to do! Pair them with a fishtail braided bun and you are ready to walk down a high-fashion red carpet.

What You Need
  • Texturizing spray
  • Hair elastics
  • Bobby pins
  • Medium hold hair spray
How To Style
  1. Prep your hair with lots of texturizing spray.
  2. Part your hair down the middle.
  3. Pick up a 1 inch section of hair from the left size of your parting, from right in front.
  4. Split this section of hair in two and make a knot as if you are tying a shoelace.
  5. Add more hair to both the sections of hair and tie them into a loose knot again.
  6. Keep repeating step 5 until you have reached the back of your head, then pin it down.
  7.  Repeat steps 3 to 6 on the right side.
  8. Now, tie all your hair into a high ponytail.
  9. Fishtail braid your ponytail by splitting it into 2 sections and alternately picking up a thin section of hair from the outer side of one section and adding it to the inner side of the other section.
  10. Roll the braid into a bun and secure it to your head with the help of bobby pins.
  11. Spritz on some medium hold hair spray to secure your style in place.

14. Mohawk Braid Ponytail

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Have a sports tournament coming up? Or maybe you plan on engaging in a hardcore session of working out? Whatever the case, this Mohawk braid ponytail is sure to make you look cute while you sweat it out!

What You Need
  • Texturizing spray
  • Paddle brush
  • Hair elastics
  • Bobby pin
How To Style
  1. Prep your washed, dried hair with a few spritzes of texturizing spray.
  2. Brush back all your hair.
  3. Pick up a 2 inch section of hair from right near the top of your forehead and split into 3 sections to Dutch braid it.
  4. To do so, for the first stitch of the braid, simply braid the 3 sections but by flipping the side sections of hair under the middle section.
  5. Then with each subsequent stitch, add more hair from outside the braid to the side sections.
  6. Once your Dutch braid had reached the back of your head and used up half of your hair, secure it with a hair elastic.
  7. Gather all your left out hair and the tail of your Dutch braid into a high ponytail and secure it with a hair elastic.
  8. Loosen your braid to make it look wider and create a softer look.
  9. Take a thin section of hair from your ponytail and wrap it around the hair elastic holding your ponytail, to hide it from view.

15. Fishtail Merged Crown Braid

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Honestly, I’ve watched so many tutorials for crown braids and I can safely say that they are a pain in the you-know-where to do. So here’s a super easy way to get that pretty crown braid look without going crazy! The bonus here is that the combined fishtail and normal braids actually create a much more intricate effect than a normal braid would do.

What You Need
  • Texturizing spray
  • Hair elastics
  • Bobby pins
  • Light hold hair spray
How To Style
  1. Spritz on some texturizing spray all over your hair.
  2. Pick all the hair at the top of your head that is between both your ears.
  3. Split this hair into two parts.
  4. Take one part and divide it into 2 sections to fishtail braid it.
  5. Fishtail braid the section by splitting it into 2 sections and alternately picking up a thin section of hair from the outer side of one section and adding it to the inner side of the other section.
  6. Secure the end of the fishtail braid with a hair elastic.
  7. Repeat steps 5 and 6 on the other part.
  8. Now divide all your hair into two parts, with one fishtail braid on each side.
  9. Simply braid all the hair on your left with the fishtail braid acting as one strand and the rest of the hair split into 2 strands, and secure the ends with a hair elastic.
  10. Repeat step 9 with all the hair on your right.
  11. Take your right braid, flip it over to the left side from the back of your head, and secure it to your head wherever its tail may land.
  12. Repeat the previous step with your left braid.
  13. Insert more bobby pins along the length of both the braids to further secure them in place.
  14. Spritz on some light hold hair spray to finish off the look.

16. Triple Braided Bun With A Flower Crown

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Now here’s a wedding hairstyle that is sure to light up the simplest of dresses. With its simple triple braided updo and a colorful flower crown, you don’t even need to worry about your hairstyle drooping or unraveling through the day.

What You Need
  • Paddle brush
  • Hair elastics
  • Bobby pins
  • Flower crown
  • Light hold hair spray
How To Style
  1. Brush back all your hair and tie it into 3 ponytails right next to each other at the back of your head.
  2. Simply braid your ponytails into 3 separate braids and secure their ends with a hair elastic.
  3. Take your left braid, wrap it around the base of the other two braids and secure it to your head with bobby pins.
  4. Roll the other two braids around the first to style them into one bun and secure them to your head with lots of bobby pins.
  5. Place your flower crown around the base of your bun and secure it in place with the help of bobby pins.
  6. Spritz on some light hold hair spray to finish off the look.

17. Faux Braided Crown

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Look, I know it’s damn difficult to French braid around your head to get a crown braided look. So here’s a simple hack to achieve the same effect with significantly lesser effort. You’re welcome.

What You Need
  • Tail comb
  • Hair elastics
  • Bobby pins
  • Light hold hair spray
How To Style
  1. Using a tail comb, first divide your hair vertically into two parts, from the center of your forehead to the nape of your neck.
  2. Then, horizontally divide the 2 sections of hair so that you are left with your hair split in four quadrants.
  3. Tie your 4 quadrants of hair into ponytails.
  4. Simply braid all your ponytails and secure their ends with hair elastics.
  5. Now take the braid at your front left, pull it to the right, place it across the top of your head, and secure it with the help of bobby pins.
  6. Keep pulling the rest of the braids towards your right and pinning them down to your head until they resemble one crown braid.
  7. Finish off the look with the help of some light hold hair spray.

18. Topsy Tail Braided Flower

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Go ultra soft and feminine with this intricate braided flower hairstyle. Looks impossible to achieve, I know. But it’s actually super easy! You just need to know how to do a basic 3 strand braid and you’re good to go!

What You Need
  • Texturizing spray
  • Hair elastics
  • Bobby pins
How To Style
  1. Prep your hair with texturizing spray to give it more hold.
  2. Pick up 1 inch sections of hair from above both your ears and tie them into a half ponytail at the back.
  3. Topsy tail the half ponytail 3 times by flipping it over and into itself.
  4. Now, simply braid your half ponytail and secure it at the end with a hair elastic.
  5. Keeping your braid flat against your head, start rolling it from its base into a flower shape.
  6. Keep inserting bobby pins to secure the flower in place.
  7. Tuck the tail of your braid into the center of your flower and secure it with bobby pins to finish off the look.

19. Game Of Thrones Braids

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Yeah, we all agree that Cersei Lannister is a pretty awful person. But there’s no denying that her hairstyling game is on point. These pinned up simple braids style takes about 5 minutes to perfect and make you look like an absolute queen.

What You Need
  • Hair elastics
  • Teasing comb
  • Bobby pins
  • Sea salt spray
How To Style
  1. Part your hair slightly off-center.
  2. Leaving out the hair at the front, pick up a 1 inch section of hair from right above your left ear. Simply braid it till the end, and secure it with a hair elastic.
  3. Repeat the previous step on the right side.
  4. Tease down the hair on the crown of your head to create some volume.
  5. Place your right braid across the back of your head and secure it with bobby pins under some loose hair near your left ear to hide the pins from view.
  6. Repeat the previous step with your left braid.
  7. Finish off with a few spritzes of sea salt spray to give your hair a wavy texture..

20. Half Up Lace Rose

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Be your girliest best by sporting this floral hairstyle that will make everyone fall in love with your hair. The half French braids at the sides create a unique illusion that makes them look like twists and the braided flower at the back almost looks like it was cut out of lace (hence, the name).

What You Need
  • Teasing brush
  • Fine toothed comb
  • Hair elastics
  • Bobby pins
  • Light hold hair spray
How To Style
  1. Leaving out the hair right in the front, tease down the hair at the crown of your head.
  2. Smooth down the hair left in front over the teased hair and pin it in the center with some bobby pins crisscrossed over each other.
  3. From above your left ear, pick up a 2 inch section of hair and divide it into 3 sections to French braid it.
  4. With each stitch of the braid, add more hair to it above the braid, but not from below. This will conceal the top half of your braid and make it look like it’s twisted.
  5. Once your French braid has reached the back of your head, simply braid it until the very end and secure with a hair elastic.
  6. Repeat step 3 to 5 on your right side.
  7. Pancake your braids to give them a fuller look.
  8. Pick up one braid and start rolling it from its base, while keeping it laid flat against your head, to create your lace rose.
  9. Tuck the tail of the braid into the center of the flower and pin it in place.
  10. Now roll the other braid around the first one to increase the size of the lace rose and pin it in place.
  11. Spritz on some light hold hair spray to set the do in place.

21. Topsy Fishtail Braid

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Now, here’s another style that lets you sport that elusive fishtail braid, without actually making you go through all that trouble. It makes use of repeatedly topsy tailing sections of your hair to create the illusion of a fishtail braid.

What You Need

Hair elastics

How To Style
  1. Pick up 2 inch sections of hair from above both your ears and tie them together at the back of your head with a hair elastic.
  2. Topsy tail this half ponytail by flipping it over and into the gap above the hair elastic.
  3. Now, pick up 1 inch sections of hair from below the first sections of hair that you picked up and tie them with a hair elastic above the first ponytail, below the first elastic.
  4. Topsy tail this new ponytail.
  5. Keep repeating steps 3 and 4 until you have topsy tail braided all your hair this way.
  6. Pull and loosen the braid to give it a messier feel and finish off the look.

22. Double Dutch Braid Bun

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Perfect for prom or a night out partying, this double Dutch braided bun updo is the cutest hairstyle to pair with that sparkly dress of yours. Just throw your hair into this loose bun style and dance away your night carefree!

What You Need
  • Texturizing spray
  • Bobby pins
  • Hair elastics
How To Style
  1. Prep your washed, dried hair with texturizing spray.
  2. Part your hair down the middle.
  3. Pick up a 2 inch section of hair from right next to the left side of your parting.
  4. Divide this section of hair into 3 parts and Dutch braid it.
  5. To do so, braid by flipping the side strands under the middle strand and adding more hair into the braid with each subsequent stitch.
  6. Once your Dutch braid has reached the back of your head, simply braid it right till the end and secure it with a hair elastic.
  7. Repeat steps 3 to 6 on the right side.
  8. Pancake your Dutch braids to give them more volume.
  9. Take a 3 inch section of hair near the nape of your neck, simply braid it, and secure the end with a hair elastic.
  10. Gather all your hair and Dutch braids (leave out the 3 strand braid at the bottom) and tie them into a low ponytail, making sure not to pull out all your hair the last time you twist your hair elastic around it. This way you will create a loose low bun.
  11. Now wrap the 3 strand braid around the base of your bun and secure it in place with the help of bobby pins to finish off the look.

23. Braided Headband Side Ponytail

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Kick back and relax over the weekend with this hairstyle that is pretty, yet functional. While the French braided headband does look chic, it serves an even more important purpose – that of keeping your hair out of your face while you spend hours on end on Netflix.

What You Need
  • Texturizing spray
  • Hair elastics
  • Bobby pins
How To Style
  1. Spritz on some texturizing spray all over your washed, dried hair.
  2. Section off all the hair from the front (from ear to ear) and tie all the hair at the back into a low side ponytail.
  3. Now take all your hair in the front and flip them over to one side.
  4. Pick up a 2 inch section of hair from near your left ear and start French braiding it towards your right ear.
  5. To do so, add more hair to the braid from the side of your forehead with each subsequent stitch.
  6. Once your French braid has reached behind your right ear, simply braid it right till the end and secure it with a hair elastic.
  7. Now take this braid, wrap it around the base of your ponytail to hide the hair elastic from view, and secure it with a bobby pin under your ponytail.

24. Boho Top Knot

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Be on top of your boho style game with this half up top knot that is the epitome of ‘messy chic’. The highlight of this look is the messy braid that cascades down your back and adds oomph to your overall style.

What You Need
  • Sea salt spray
  • Hair elastics
  • Bobby pins
How To Style
  1. Spritz on sea salt spray all over your washed, dried hair to give it lots of texture.
  2. Gather half your hair and tie into a half ponytail.
  3. Roll this half ponytail into a super messy and relaxed bun and secure it to your head with bobby pins.
  4. Pick up a 3 inch section of hair from right under your bun and split it into 2 sections to fishtail braid it.
  5. To do so, alternately pick up a thin section of hair from the outer side of one section and add it to the inner side of the other section until you reach the very end. Then, secure it with a hair elastic.
  6. Pancake your fishtail braid to give it a softer look.

25. Hippie Braids

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Heading to a music festival? I have got you covered! Regardless of the dust and grime that are an inevitable part of music festivals, you still want to look fresh as a daisy. Well, these super hippie braids will help you do just that AND keep your hair out of your face.

What You Need
  • Hair elastics
  • Light hold hair spray
How To Style
  1. Part your hair down the middle.
  2. From the left side of your parting, leave out a 2 inch section of hair right from the front.
  3. Pick up a 2 inch section of hair from right behind the left out hair, loosely braid it right till the end, and secure the end with a hair elastic.
  4. Repeat steps 2 and 3 on the right side.
  5. Pull back both the sections of the hair left out in the front, combine them at the back, and do a simple 3 strand braid right till the end.
  6. Secure the braid with a hair elastic and spritz on some light hold hair spray to finish off the look.

26. Ponytail Braids

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Tied your hair into a high ponytail but want to add a little something more to it? Try out braiding random sections of hair in your ponytail to accent your otherwise boring ponytail and step out in style.

What You Need
  • Texturizing spray
  • Paddle brush
  • Hair elastics
  • Bobby pins
How To Style
  1. Spritz on texturizing spray over all your hair.
  2. Brush back all your hair and tie it into a high ponytail.
  3. Pick up a thin section of hair and wrap and pin it around the base of your ponytail to hide the hair elastic from view.
  4. Pick up random 1 inch sections of hair, simply braid them, and secure them at the end with hair elastics. Do so until you have 2-3 accent braids in your ponytail.
  5. Pick up another 1 inch section of hair and fishtail braid it right till the end.
  6. Fluff out your ponytail and pancake all your braids to finish off your look.

27. Easy Curly Side Braid

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Going for that cute and sexy look that is so hard to pull off? I’ve got the perfect solution! While the diffused curls in this look give off the perfect sexy vibes, the Dutch braid ponytail takes care of the cuteness factor.

What You Need
  • Volumizing mousse
  • Blowdryer, with a diffuser attachment
  • Bobby pins
  • Hair elastics
How To Style
  1. Prep your washed, wet hair with a dollop of volumizing mousse.
  2. Blowdry your hair with a diffuser attached to give yourself some rough and textured curls.
  3. Pull back all your hair and grab a chuck of hair from the back of your head to Dutch braid it.
  4. To do so, split the section of hair into 3 parts and braid it by flipping the side strands under the middle strand and adding more hair to the braid with each subsequent stitch.
  5. Once your braid has reached the nape of your neck and you have run out of hair to add to it, tie it into a low ponytail along with the rest of your hair.
  6. Take a thin section of hair from your ponytail, wrap it around the base of your ponytail to hide the hair elastic from view and secure it with a bobby pin under your ponytail.

28. Pancaked Braided Ponytail

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Want to spice up your same old boring ponytail? Here’s a simple way to do so! Just braiding a section of hair and wrapping it around your ponytail is enough to elevate your style quotient from ‘drab’ to ‘out of this world’!

What You Need
  • Texturizing spray
  • Hair elastics
  • Bobby pins
How To Style
  1. Prep your washed, dried hair with texturizing spray.
  2. Part your hair on one side.
  3. From the side with more hair, pick up a 3 inch section of hair, braid it till the end, and secure it with a hair elastic.
  4. Leaving out the braid, gather all your hair and tie it into a ponytail at the back of your head.
  5. Pancake your braid to make it look super wide and messy.
  6. Wrap the braid around the base of your ponytail and pin it in place to hide the hair elastic from view.

29. Rope Twist Braid

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Fling all your preconceived notions about what braids are supposed to look like out of the window. Because this is a style that is a unique takeoff from the traditional braid. The rope braid requires just 2 strands and a little bit of twisting to create an unconventional and new-age hairstyle.

What You Need
  • Texturizing spray
  • Hair elastics
How To Style
  1. Prep your washed, dried hair with texturizing spray.
  2. Tie up all your hair into a mid-level ponytail at the back of your head.
  3. Split the ponytail into 2 sections.
  4. Separately, twist both the sections of hair towards the right till the end.
  5. Now, intertwine both the sections of hair by twisting them together towards the left right till the end.
  6. Secure the rope braid at the end with a hair elastic.

30. Festive Side Ponytail

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Celebrate Christmas and bring in the new year in style with this appropriately named Festive Side Ponytail. This fishtail and braided flower style pairs well with casual, as well as fancy, clothes. But it’s the side ponytail element that adds a hint of glamour to this look.

What You Need
  • Texturizing spray
  • Hair elastics
  • Bobby pins
  • Medium hold hair spray
How To Style
  1. Spritz on texturizing spray all over your hair.
  2. Part your hair on one side.
  3. On the side with more hair, pick up a 3 inch section of hair and divide it into 2 sections.
  4. Fishtail braid these 2 sections by picking up a few strands of hair from the outer side of one section and adding it to the inner side of the other section, alternately, until you’ve braided right till the end. Secure with a hair elastic.
  5. Tie all your hair and the braid into a low side ponytail.
  6. Wrap the fishtail braid around the base of your ponytail and secure it with bobby pins to hide the hair elastic from view.
  7. Pick up a 2 inch section of hair from your ponytail, simply braid it right till the end, and secure it with a hair elastic.
  8. Pancake one side of the braid right till the end.
  9. Start rolling the braid from its base, with the pancaked part placed on the outside, to create the flower.
  10.  Keep securing the flower down with bobby pins as you roll it.
  11. Tuck the tail of your braid in the center of the braid and pin it down.
  12. Finish off with a few spritzes of medium hold hair spray to set the style in place.

31. Braid Ponytail With Bow Accessory

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It is difficult to look your stylish best while still dressing appropriately for work. But, with this hairstyle, you won’t have to face that dilemma! This cute Dutch braided ponytail may not be very out of the ordinary. But it’s the bow clip attached to it that makes a world of difference and makes your hairdo ‘work chic’.

What You Need
  • Hair elastics
  • Bow hair accessory
How To Style
  1. Part your hair down the middle.
  2. Pick up a 2 inch section of hair from the left side of your head and start Dutch braiding it.
  3. To do so, braid by flipping the side strands under the middle strand and adding more hair to the braid from outside with each subsequent stitch.
  4. Once your Dutch braid has reached the back of your braid, simply braid it till the end, and secure it with a hair elastic.
  5. Repeat steps 2 to 4 on the right side.
  6. Gather all your hair along with both your braids and tie it into a low ponytail.
  7.  Remove the hair elastics from your braids and unravel them until the base of the ponytail.
  8. Clip on your bow hair accessory to hide the hair elastic on your ponytail from view and finish off the look.

32. 3D Chain Link Braid

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You don’t only have to take clothing inspiration from fashion show runways. Hair styling is also a major part of the look that fashion designers create to showcase at their shows. This 3D chain link braid, for example, was first seen at a Donna Karan New York show and is unique in the 3D effect it creates, compared to the traditional braids that lay flat.

What You Need
  • Texturizing spray
  • Hair elastics
How To Style
  1. Spritz on texturizing spray all over your hair to give it more hold.
  2. Tie all of your hair into a ponytail a couple of inches above the nape of your neck.
  3. Divide the ponytail into 4 equal sections, with each section tucked between the fingers of your left hand.
  4. Now, with your right hand, pick up sections 2 and 4 and flip them over to your left so that they become sections and 1 and 2. This way, sections 1 and 3 become sections 3 and 4.
  5. Keep repeating this braiding pattern until you have reached the very end of your braid and secure it with a hair elastic.
  6. Pull out the braid gently to give it more dimension and finish off the look.

33. Half Up Fishtail Braid

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If you lean towards more delicate styles, here’s a hairstyle that you will definitely fancy. This combination of a topsy tail and a half up fishtail is one that seems tailor-made for a wedding. Throw on a fancy dress and pair the style with minimal makeup to steal all the hearts in the room.

What You Need
  • Teasing brush
  • Texturizing spray
  • Fine toothed comb
  • Hair elastics
How To Style
  1. Tease down all the hair at the top of your head.
  2.  Smoothen the hair above the teased hair with the help of a fine toothed comb.
  3. Grab 3 inch sections of hair from both sides of your head, twist them a couple of times, and tie them into a half ponytail at the back of your head.
  4. Create a gap above your half ponytail with the help of your fingers and flip your ponytail into it. This is called ‘topsy-tailing’.
  5. Split your half ponytail into 2 sections to fishtail braid it.
  6. To do so, take a thin section of hair from the outside of the left section and add it to the inside of the right section.
  7. Then, take a thin section of hair from the outside of the right section and add it to the inside of the left section.
  8. Keep repeating steps 6 and 7 alternately until you’ve braided all your hair.
  9. Secure the end of your braid with a hair elastic to finish off the look.

34. Accented Side Braid

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You don’t always have to go for complicated hairstyles when braiding your hair. Here’s an easy way that you can shake up your braid style. Just adding 2 small accent braids to your regular braid will make people sit up and take notice of your style game. And you can try your own variations of this trick, with different kinds and number of accent braids, to suit your own personal style!

What You Need

Hair elastics

How To Style
  1. Part your hair on one side.
  2. From the side with more hair, pick up a ½ inch section of hair, do a simple 3 strand braid with it, and secure it at the end with a hair elastic.
  3. Repeat the previous step with another section of hair right next to the first one.
  4. Now gather all your hair on one side and simply braid it till the end, the small braids being a part of the first strand.
  5. Secure the end with a hair elastic and pull apart the braid to finish the look.

35. Twisted Fishtail Side Braid

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How about trying different braid styles for long hair that is fit to be paired with a grown? Yes! A braid with a gown! Never thought those two could be paired together, did you? Well, this twisted and bubbled fishtail braid style is so elegant and pretty that it seems to just belong in a ballroom.

What You Need
  • Hair elastics
  • Bobby pins
How To Style
  1. Gather all your hair onto one side and tie it into a low side ponytail.
  2. Wrap a thin section of hair around the base of your ponytail and pin it in place to hide the hair elastic from view.
  3. Split your ponytail into 2 sections and make a fishtail braid by alternately picking up a thin section of hair from the outer side of one section and adding it to inner side of the other section.
  4. Tie a hair elastic after fishtail braiding for about 2-3 inches.
  5. Keep repeating steps 3 and 4 until you reach the end of your hair.
  6. When you are tying your last hair elastic, do not pull out all your hair at the last twist. Just leave the tail of your braid in a loop to finish off the look.

36. Half Up Fishtail Do

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Going for a casual coffee meet-up with friends but still want your style game to be on point? Throw your hair into a half fishtail braid and a couple of simple braids that make for a super cute and easy hairstyle that can be paired with a casual denim jacket and jeans.

What You Need
  • Heat protectant
  • 1 inch curling iron
  • Hair elastics
  • Sea salt spray
How To Style
  1. Apply some heat protectant all over your washed, dried hair.
  2. Curl the lower half of all your hair.
  3. Tie half your hair into a ponytail and split it into 2 sections to fishtail braid it.
  4. Alternately, take a few strands of hair from the outer side of one section and add it to the inner side of the other section until you have braided right till the end. Secure it with a hair elastic.
  5. Pancake the fishtail braid to give it a super wide look.
  6. Do two simple 3 strand braids on either side of your fishtail braid with 2 inch sections of hair to accent the style.
  7. Spritz on some sea salt spray to give your hair some texture and finish off the look.

37. Khaleesi Braid

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*Suppresses the urge to scream “Where are my dragons?!”* Besides being totally badass and the Mother of Dragons, Khaleesi (a.k.a. Daenerys Targaryen) is also #goals when it comes to hair styling. This is but out humble attempt to recreate her iconic Dutch braided style.

What You Need
  • Texturizing spray
  • Hair elastics
  • Bobby pins
How To Style
  1. Prep your washed, dried hair with some texturizing spray.
  2. Part your hair down the middle.
  3. Pick up a 2 inch section of hair from near your left temple, split it into 3 strands, and Dutch braid it by flipping the side strands under the middle strand and adding more hair from the top of your head with each subsequent stitch.
  4. Once your Dutch braid has reached the crown of your head, simply braid the rest of the way down and secure the end with a hair elastic.
  5. Repeat steps 3 and 4 on the right side.
  6. Now, pick up a 2 inch section of hair from near your left ear and Dutch braid it by adding hair from both sides.
  7. Once your Dutch braid has reached your neck, simply braid it till the end and secure it with a hair elastic.
  8. Repeat steps 6 and 7 on the right side.
  9. Tie the top 2 Dutch braids together with a hair elastic.
  10. With the side Dutch braids acting as the side strands and the 2 combined Dutch braids acting as the middle strand, braid all the 3 braids together and secure them at the end with a hair elastic.
  11. From the loose hair that is left at the nape of your neck, pick up a thin section of hair and wrap and pin it at the base of your braids.
  12. Take all the left over loose hair and wrap it around the length of your braid. Pin it around the hair elastic at the end to hide it from view.

38. Messy Pigtail Braids

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I’ve said this before and I’ll say it again – just because you’re all grown up now doesn’t mean you have to leave all your childhood styles behind. These Dutch braids make for super cute pigtails and are perfect for a night with your bae, all cozied up in a sweater and sipping hot chocolate, and listening to chill music.

What You Need

Hair elastics

How To Style
  1. Part your hair down the middle and split all your hair into 2 parts, one on each side.
  2. From your left section, pick up a 2 inch section of hair from near your temple and split it into 3 strands to Dutch braid it.
  3. To do so, braid the hair by flipping the side strands under the middle strand and adding more hair to the braid with each subsequent stitch.
  4. Once your Dutch braid has reached the nape of your neck, simply braid it the rest of the way down and secure it at the end with a hair elastic.
  5. Repeat steps 2 to 4 on the right side.
  6. Pancake and pull apart your braids to give them a relaxed, boho feel and finish off the look.

39. Braid In A Side Braid

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Yes, we know you don’t have all the time in the world while dressing up in the morning. But it’s nice to put in just a little more effort to look more polished, isn’t it? And you don’t even have to do much! Doing this braid braided into a braid style is as easy as it gets!

What You Need

Hair elastics

How To Style
  1. Part your hair on one side.
  2. Take a 2 inch section of hair from the nape of your neck, braid it right till the end, and secure it with a hair elastic.
  3. With the little braid acting as the third strand, and the rest of your hair split into the other 2 strands, braid your hair and secure it at the end with a hair elastic.
  4. Pull apart your braid to give it a more relaxed feel and finish off the look.

40. Fishtail Pony Braid

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When I braid my hair, I always have this nagging thought that it is going to get loose and unravel completely. The perfect way to prevent this from happening is to throw your hair into a ponytail before braiding it. Simple and effective! This particular fishtail braid ponytail pairs perfectly with summer sun dresses as well as warm winter jumpers.

What You Need
  • Paddle brush
  • Texturizing spray
  • Hair elastics
How To Style
  1. Prep your washed, dried hair with some texturizing spray.
  2. Brush back all your hair and tie it into a high ponytail.
  3. Split your hair into 2 sections to fishtail braid it.
  4. Start fishtail braiding your ponytail from about 2 inches below its base. Begin by alternately picking up a thin section of hair from the outer side of one braid and adding it to the inner side of the other section.
  5. Once your braid has reached the end of your ponytail, secure it with a hair elastic.
  6. Pancake and loosen your braid to make it look super loose and relaxed.

These were our simple and cute braided hairstyles for long hair. Well, now that you know what you need and how to style your gorgeous hair into braids, go ahead and try them out! And don’t forget to comment below to let us know which styles were your absolute favorites.

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  • http://www.stylecraze.com/members/preethicute/ preethicute

    very explanation radha :)

  • http://www.stylecraze.com/members/radha82/ radha82

    Aww thank you so much dear :)

  • http://www.stylecraze.com/members/chitraverma/ Chitra

    like the messy side bride hairstyle and also good article radss !! thanks :P

    • http://www.stylecraze.com/members/radha82/ radha82

      Even me too loved that Braid Chitra Glad that you liked my Article :)

  • http://www.stylecraze.com/members/swathyranjan/ Swathy Ranjan

    v. beautiful

    • http://www.stylecraze.com/members/radha82/ radha82

      taq :)

  • Nimmu

    Hi, a very nice article. Each of them are quite easy to do. will make sure that i try all the four. Thnks for sharing. However, i would insist if you share more of the braid hairstyles. I would love to try them on my daughter as she loves funky hairdos.

  • Fatima

    I love braids, i have long hair and i am making sure that i try each new braid everyday!!! im learning and im enjoying doing this. nice article and thankyou for boosting my confidence to do more braids.

  • Zainab

    Hi nice article. keep it up. I really like Nargis’ hairdo. Its chic and I cant take my eyes of it. I would love to do that kind of braid on my hair. But my hair is super curly.. :(

  • Tanya

    Cool styles.. can you show us video tutorials for more clarity? And even more braid styles.. three wont suffice for a greedy girl like me.. :D

  • Manisha

    Nice post.. i would love to try the braid Nargis Fakri has sported.. please can you direct me to the tutorial for that hairstyle?