They have been here for thousands of years. Braids, which are also called plaits, are complex structures or patterns created by intertwining two, three or more strands of flexible material such as textile wire, yarns, or hair.
To be more exact, the history of braids dates back to 3500 BC, and it is safe to say they’re yet to stay. From classic cornrows, simple three-strand braids, French braids, and more, this symbolic style has been a sign of societal status, ethnicity, religion, and more.
However, with the Instagram era, runways, video tutorials, and popular music festivals, braids have evolved over time. The flat, solid, three-stranded structure has remained the simplest and the most common hair braid. The higher the number of strands is, the more complex braids can be. In the category of more complex braids falls five-stranded braid, fishtail braid, rope braid, French braid, and waterfall braid. But, whether you want it simple or complex, there are so many ways you can wear them.
Without braiding many words, get inspired by 9 different braids we have collected for you below.
1. Simple Three-Strand Braid
The regular three-strand braid is the baseline of braids. It is one of the simplest braid hairstyles which has been on our catalog of braids for a very long time. This is probably the very first braid type you have ever tried in your life and were proud of. This basic braid allows you to play with its texture and size the way you want. Easy, simple, but adorable!
2. French Braid
Now, here’s another classic braid known around the world you have probably tried too. The French tresser is the most simple and chic way to keep your hair out of your face on a hot summer day. It also is the perfect hairstyle for work or school. Now that I know how to do a French braid, I don’t know where exactly did I find it intricate. So, even if you find this type of braid difficult to achieve, worry not because with a little bit of practice you will get the hang of French braiding. It can take you less than three minutes to do it perfectly. And the result – totally worth it!
3. Fishtail Braid
Whether you choose Dutch, French, relaxed, messy, or wrapped around, fishtail is amongst our favorites, especially for fancy occasions. If you’re wondering why is it called ‘fishtail’, it’s because the weaving of hair which creates a symmetrical effect and looks like the perfectly aligned scales on a fish’s tail. It may look intricate, but once you learn how to do a fishtail braid, you can do it in a matter of a few minutes. Parfaite!
4. Dutch Braid
A Dutch braid is nothing but a French braid done in reverse. It is also known as the inverse French braid, outward braid, or reverse braid. No matter how you name it, it will definitely look chic on your hair. Because it sits on top of your hair, this type of braid has some great volume and dimension to it. The Dutch braid can be pretty versatile if you know how to incorporate it in a half up style to give it a flirtatious vibe. Schoon!
4. Four-Strand Braid
If you are bored with the same old three-strand braid and want to get out of the classic braid, the four-strand braid is right here waiting for you. This cute twisted braid is perfect to sport to class. It may look similar to the three-strand braid, but nah! It will actually look much more intricate! Go on, challenge yourself and make a four-strand braid!
5. Waterfall Braid
Just like the name itself, this type of braid looks like a waterfall. You can call it ‘hairfall’ if you want. It is beautiful, delicate, and sits perfectly on your hair. There are many techniques and styles you can go for to achieve the perfect waterfall hairstyle. And, whichever you choose, you won’t regret.
6. Pull-Through Braid
Here is another stunningly beautiful braid that will make your hair look extra voluminous. The pull-through braid involves tying your hair into a bunch of ponytails and pulling them through each other to create a braided effect. So, basically, a braid made out of ponytails! It looks quite tempting to try!
7. Rope Twisted Braid
The rope twisted braid takes about two minutes to do and the process of achieving it involves just twisting two sections of hair together. Simple as that! It not only looks adorable, but it is also perfect to be sported on days when you’re running late. I think this braid is the perfect one for me!
8. Milkmaid Braid
This oh-so-pretty braid is one of the best hairstyles to sport anytime, anywhere. It is classy, elegant and it takes less than five minutes to do. So, whether you are going to a birthday celebration, a party, or a wedding, a milkmaid braid will be worth the try.
9. Upside Down Braid
Just like the name suggests it to be, a reverse braid is done upside down. Known also as the ‘reverse braid’, it starts from the nape of your neck and goes up your head to create a charming look for your bun or ponytail. It is simply perfect for workouts and sports practice.
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