Braids have been around since the beginning of time. From the ornate beaded braids of Ancient Egypt to the simple, side-swept braids that are ever so popular today, this versatile hairdo can be worn a variety of ways. Whether you’re styling cornrows, a french braid, or are using them to get the perfect waves, we’ve outlined some of the different ways you can wear them.
Looking for an edgier style?
Try tight cornrows on one side of your head, like Stylist Eric is creating here.
Looking for something simple?
A haphazard sidebraid can be a great alternative to a ponytail if you’re looking to get your hair out of your face. The best part is you don’t have to be a professional hair stylist to create this look… the messier the better.
Have straight hair and want it to be wavy?
Section your hair into 4 large sections, and braid into loose braids overnight. Once you take them out in the morning, voilà you’ll have loose, beachy curls.
If you’d rather not sleep in braids, you can also braid you hair and pinch it with a flat iron to get loose waves. If you really want to create texture, braid your hair into three different styles (i.e. a fishtail, a tight braid, and a french braid) and flatiron each section. When you take the braids out, each braid will have a different texture.
Have you been thinking about getting an undercut?
Why not have your stylist braid away the underneath of your hair to see if you like it? Besides being a versatile hairdo, braids are also a great way to hide hair. Backstage at fashion shows, braids are used by stylists to hide hair instead of just cutting the hair.
Looking for something a bit more formal?
The milkmaid braid is perfect for the girl that wants to add more femininity to her look. It’s a tricky style to recreate, but once you’ve mastered it, you won’t want to wear anything else.