The Best Braided Hairstyles for Every Length & Type
Everywhere we look, it’s braids this and braids that. Rope braids, fishtail braids, dutch, spiral and even a lobster tail braid?! We can’t skim our Insta feeds or peruse Pinterest without running into a braid tutorial.
And don’t get us wrong, we’re not complaining. In fact, we’ve racked up our fair share of braid how-tos over the years ourselves. But with all these braided options, how does one decide which style works best for their hair length and type?
To give you a helping hand in this braid quest, we compiled a guide with the very best braid tutorials for your hair—but we dare you to try them all!
For Waist-Length Hair: Milkmaid Braids
Can’t do a thing with that down-to-there hair? When ponytails and buns just can’t cut it, go the milkmaid braid route. Because you deserve a crown … made from your own hair. Oh, and it takes all of five minutes to put together. Beats spending an hour straightening your Rapunzel-like hair.
For Medium-to-Long Hair: The Double-Braid Pony
Let’s be honest, your hair can work with a wide variety of braid styles. But, for a more everyday look that will keep your mane out of the way in a fun and easy way, double it up with side-by-side braids that gather in a sleek and chic ponytail.
For Short Hair: Braided Updo
When you’re rocking a bob or or lob, you don’t have a ton of braiding hair to work with—which also means your hair is almost always down. That doesn’t mean you have to deprive yourself of the braid trend because this updo for short hair was styled with you in mind.
For Thin Hair: The Mohawk Braid
Anyone with fine, feathery hair knows that one’s “mane” goal includes creating the illusion of thicker, fuller hair. Well, call us masters of illusion because we’ve got a braided updo that will add some punch to your locks while also being super-trendy and even a bit funky. We’re talking about none other than the mohawk braid. When prepped with a good dose of texturizing powder or dry shampoo, this braid will make everyone think you’ve been blessed with lusciously full hair.
For Thick Hair: The Messy Fishtail
Thick hair is enviable, yes, but it can also be a serious pain in the you-know-what. So when your voluminous mane is misbehaving, show it who’s boss by securing it in a braided bun. That’ll teach it not to mess with you! And if you really want to show off your skillz, switch up the traditional three-strand braid and try a messy fishtail braid instead.
Which braided hairstyle is your go-to? Let us know in the comments below.