15 of the Best Braided Hairstyles You Haven’t Pinned Yet

In the hairstyle department, braids are king. Whether you’re a fan of the French braid or dig braided buns, pretty plaits hold a place of prestige in every girl’s date-night, workweek and off-duty lineups. So why all the fuss? Not only do they keep hair on lock, but they have a way of instantly taking your look from everyday to OMG-worthy in seconds, no matter if you choose romantic mermaid, edgy cornrow-inspired or boho crown braids. That said, it’s easy to get stuck in a rut. With so many Pinterest perfect, head-scratchingly intricate braids out there, it’s easy to feel intimated and turn to the same three-stander again and again. But trust us - they’re a lot easier than you think. From braids inside braids to faux hawks and cool Celtic knots, we’ve hunted down 100 OMG-worthy braids that will up the ante on your hair game (and second-day hair), stat.

1. Dutch Ponytail: Bye-bye, boring ponytail. A side dutch braid and lots of teasing will redefine this effortless style in a totally rad way. Pull this one out for running errands, rock shows or a night of gossiping with the girls. (via Barefoot Blonde)

2. Double Sideswept French Braids: This intricate doubled-up style has scene-stealer written all over it. Skip the updo, and make this your go-to wedding season ‘do. Partner with a flowy frock and punchy pink lipstick. (via @emilyroseshannon)

3. Short Fishtail Faux Hawk: An edgy faux hawk has the same effect on your style as a sleek leather jacket, injecting a femme fatale feel in seconds. Consider it the perfect finishing touch for your next #OOTD. (via @modaprints)

4. Double Braid: Talk about a double-duty ‘do - this two-phase braid makes the transition from the office to the studio an effortless exercise. (via @erikanakka)

5. Braided Feather Wrap: We’ve got your festival hair covered with this colorful coiffure. Simply weave a vibrant wrap (bonus points for feathers and beads!) through a side braid for a standout effect. Rock on, girl. (via Brit + Co)

6. Double Dutch Braids: Rainbow-colored locks are pretty statement-making on their own, but throw a pair of exaggerated Dutch braids into the mix and BAM - you have a knock-’em-dead everyday ‘do. Emphasize your braids for maximum effect with a touch of styling powder. (via Hair Romance)

7. Five-Minute Side Braid: Have five minutes? Do this ‘do! The modern side braid and exaggerated part has desk-to-dinner dressing in the bag, and channels some of that Cara Delevigne rocker-girl edge we just can’t get enough of. (via Brit + Co)

8. Corset Braid: Forget the Kardashian waist-training corset craze - here’s a corset that you’ll actually want to wear. The criss-cross detail brings a simple half-up style into attention-grabbing territory in seconds. Pencil it in for your next #OOTD, and watch as those double taps go through the roof. (via Twist Me Pretty)

9. Lazy Girl Rope Braid: A spritz of dry shampoo and a quick shake is your signature off-duty move, but sometimes even lazy girls need a little extra oomph. That’s where the rope braid comes into play. Two braids effortlessly combine into one to give your I-wanna-stay-in-bed getup an edgy polished touch. (via Brit + Co)

10. Frenchie Pony: French braids and an intricate twisted tie translate to a laid-back updo with major class. Whether you wear it to brunch or the bar, you’re guaranteed to straight-up stun. (via Brit + Co)

11. Fishtail Embellished Top Knot: This bun has belle of the ball written all over it. Paired with a bold berry lip and a jumpsuit, it’ll redefine effortless formal-occasion dressing. (via @missysueblog)

12. Hippie Headband Braid: Festival-goers know that packing light is key, which is what makes this two-second hairstyle so fab. Instead of stuffing your bag full of free-wheelin’ accessories, nail your festival look with what nature gave you. Make a small braid toward the back of the head, then drape it across the forehead and secure. You’ve got a hair headband in seconds flat. Effort isn’t obligatory, but a little fringe totally is. (via Brit + Co)

13. Tiny Side Braids: Tiny braids typically have a carefree, bohemian feel, but here they’re all keepin’ it real. Cutting braids off halfway lends an edgy playfulness to the look, though continuing braids straight to the ends would be just as eye-catching. This look calls for a blend of luxe and athleisure essentials like a teddy coat, tee and fresh white sneakers. (via @sofiarichie)

14. Stacked Loop Braid: The verdict is in: THIS is the scene-stealing braid you need in your life. Let the OMG-worthy hairstyle shine by keeping accessories and extras on the DL. (via @aurorabraids)

15. Intricate Layered Braid Updo: Channel a bit of Frida Kahlo’s signature style with an intricate braided updo laced with feathers, flowers and bright ribbon. It makes for a killer festival look that lasts for days (so necessary). (via Ventola Photography / Wedding Chicks)

source:brit.co     by:Libby MacCarthy 

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