If you know how to braid your hair , you can create all sorts of braided magic to your hair – waterfall braids, fishtail braids, tiny braids, big braids, messy braids – you name it! Whether your straight hair needs a boost or you are having a bad, frizzy, hair day – braid hairstyles can always come to the rescue.
Braid hairstyles that you are sure to love
#1 : Wool braided hair
To style your hair like Bipasha Basu in the picture, just smooth straighten your hair and apply a serum to smooth flyaways. Next, partition your hair right down the centre. Having this center parting also allows for you to wear this hairstyle with a lehenga.
Take equal sized, tiny sections of hair from either side of the parting and tie it with a small transparent elastic. Over the elastic, tie one end of a long, coloured piece of wool or thin satin ribbon securely.
Now begin to braid each of these sections, incorporating the colored wool. Take it around your head as though you were Julius Caesar and tie them together at the back with another transparent elastic or just secure them on each side of the head with bobby pins.
#2 Braided bun updo
This beautiful updo is one of the nicest braid hairstyles out there. It allows you to look elegant and sophisticated without having to know too much about hairstyling. It is a formal outfit for weddings or functions. Braid your hair on either side, but only a small portion of it. Braid the rest of your center hair into two thin braids as well. Finally, roll up all four braids together in a beautiful big bun and fasten with several bobby pins.
#3 : Heart braid hairstyle
Try this heart braid the next time you want to look angelic! The parting of the hair is crucial to creating this look. Create a love heart shape parting in your hair, comb the inside of it very neatly. French braid or regular braid the top side portions and frame along the partitioned heart. At the base combine all the hair and braid as one.
#4 : French braid top knot for blonde hair
This uber cool updo is also uber simple to create. Just gather the top portion of your hair and French braid it. In this style below there is a smaller front braid that goes over a larger, fluffed braid. They are both gathered at the top of the head and made into a messy top knot. This is a cool hairstyle to wear with t-shirt and jeans and other basic outfits.
#5 : Tweeny braid hairstyles
This cute hairstyle involving a smaller set of braids is a great way to jazz up regular braids. You can wear them to school too. Oh you worry if you’re going to have the time to make a small braid and then plait it in with your larger one? Don’t stress – just buy little plaits from the store! Buy one in a colour closest to your hair, or a funky color like pink or purple for extra edge.
#6 : Messy fishtail braid to the side
How messy can a messy braid be? Get a friend to help you try out this side swept style while lounging about on a weekend afternoon. Grab some bobby pins as well. Entwine your hair to slant sideways and keep it going that way till the nape of your neck.
#7 : Triple plait
This complicated looking braid is easier to create than it seems at first sight. Before you start, get some hair color chalk or spray on hair colour and give your hair a rough chalking/spray. It doesn’t have to be even. Best for girls with thick and long hair – just make three braids in your hair beginning from the nape. Then interweave all three together.
#8 : Loose winding – braid hairstyle for wedding
This elegant loosely wound “braid” is a gorgeous style to wear for your own wedding or a close one’s. Press on or stick on diamantes make this look really outstanding!
#9 : Braided flower bun hairstyle
Isn’t this maze-like flower hair bun really something else? The hair has been teased outwards at different levels in the bun adding “petals” to the bun. The top has an intertwining net of hair strands like a mesh. Get your hairstylists help to
#10 : Zig-zag braided hairdo with a dose of roses
I love this zig-zag braid with a teased braid running along in a zig-zag manner. It is a fun style yet elegant enough for a dulhan like occasion. Use fresh flowers or satin roses to add to the elegance of this look. Remember to get the front portion curled into a delicate tendril!
#11 : Herringbone braid
The herringbone braid totally works the length, the highlights and the ombre in this hair. Straight hair that has been gelled is criss crossed over from either side, leaving the inner hair visible. The bottom, lighter half of the ombre is gathered into a whole braid. Use a finishing, hold spray for this herringbone plait to stay straight.
#12 : Pull-through fishtail braid
Braid hairstyles look great on long, thick and dense hair. First gather the top hair and backcomb it. Using a bumpit is fine too, just create some good height and fasten with elastic. Nest part the ponytail into two and twist outwards, teasing the hair for volume. Do this three times before starting to fishtail the braid. Tease amply to create the mess.
#13 : Spring flower braid half up half down
The half-up and half-down hairstyle is a frequent go-to hairstyle all us Indian girls reach out to. Once in a while, it’s nice to curl the bottom half of the hair and gather the top into flowers. divide the top hair into two, braid it, roll it up and pin it. Tease out the sections with the sharp end of a parting comb to create the “flowers”.
14 : Mermaid braid
This mermaid hairstyle is like the messy cousin of the herringbone braid, haha! Full of twists at each level, this hair is mess-lovers paradise.
#15 : Messy 4-braid updo
If you want to get a messy looking updo, try out this one with 4 braids. Braid your hair from side to side. I think you can just make two braids and then halve them to make it seem like 4. Once you have the braids in place with bobby pins, begin to tease them outwards with the back end of a parting comb. Set with hair spray.
#16 : Side French braid updo
This shiny updo with a French braid is a cool style to try at home for an evening out. Begin by French braiding from the right temple. It helps if you have coloured hair that is growing out or highlights. Once you get to the base, continue to weave and then roll up and fasten with bobby pins.
#17 : Waterfall into double French braids
For this style, first create a waterfall braid at the center. Bring the left over strands from the waterfall, create a French braid on either side. How smart!
#18 : Conch shell fishtail braid
This fishtail looks beautifully like a conch. It is a lovely hairstyle to wear with saree and kundan jewellery. Twist to one side, gather all your hair and wind in to a conch shape.
#19 : Ladder waterfall braid
The ladder braid is similar to the waterfall French braid we saw a little above. For this style, gather your hair into a waterfall braid and then use the remaining leftover strands from the first plait to create a second one.
#20 : Criss-cross braid hairstyle for school girls
Try this criss-cross hair braid on your 9th standard cousin’s hair. What else are cousins for? Create two braids on top of her head. Then cross them like a railroad crossing and then weave them into two individual plaits at her nape.
#21 : Braided fishtail braid
This cool looking shiny plait involves a total of four braids. Start by dividing your hair into three parts and fishtail braiding the sides from the temple up. The middle layer starts getting braided at the nape. Once all the braids are done, join them up and braid into a new one.
#22 : Mini braids for short hair
Try out this mini fishtail braids if you have short and fine hair. In short, don’t need long hair to enjoy braid hairstyles!
#23 : Teased Braid with Flowers
Adding flowers to any hairstyle makes it extra soft and elegant. In the below hairstyle, a three fishtail style that ends as an updo, the small roses look beautiful. The wispy loose strands in the front reflect the elegance from the flowers in the back.
#24 : Micro Braid in Bun
For this style, create a tiny micro braid and tuck it into your larger plait that has been wound into a bun. Comb down any flyaways with hairspray.
#25 : Casual Loose Updo Hairstyle with Braids and bangs
Before you begin intertwining tease your crown as well as the back of your head. The front is just a small poof before you braid, the back involves some backcombing and higher teasing. A bumpit can be used too. Allow the bangs to frame your face beautifully and carry it off with an air of confidence!