20 braided styles

Top Braid Hairstyles

Looking for some braid inspiration? These 20 hairstyles are sure to give you hair envy and motivation to try something new!

Milkmaid Braid

As one of the most popular braid styles of the past couple of years, this look is not going anywhere soon! It is a simple, stylish look that is easy to achieve no matter what hair type you have.

Here supermodel Sara Sampaio shows how chic and dainty this style can look. Have your clients pair this braid with that perfect summer dress for a light, airy look.

milkmaid braid

Twisted-Rope Braid

If you are going for a style fit for that badass client you have that will try anything, this twisted rope style is perfect for just that.

Tell her to take out that red lipstick and match it with this rocker-chic look!

Cara Delevingne rocks this braid with her silver platinum hair and signature bold brows.

twisted rope braid

Side-Swept Braided Updo

Margot Robbie shows braided sophistication with this gorgeous updo.

This style works seamlessly with those clients with fringe, giving you the option of braiding their bangs into the style.

side swept braid

Loose-Fishtail Braid

This braid has dominated the beauty scene for some time now but continues to stay on trend. Sarah Highland shows a loosely-styled side fishtail braid.

This is the perfect braid to dress up or wear down and still gives a fashionable look.

Try recreating this style with sea salt spray to provide a more textured look!

fishtail braid

Crown Braid

Calling all Bohemian babes! The crown braid is the staple hairstyle for any free-spirit.

Vanessa Hudgens is the queen of boho style and shows us how this braid can look effortless yet glamorous.

Add some flowers in your hair for that festival-ready look!

crown braid

French Braid

This style is classic and can be worn in many ways depending on the occasion. Wear it daily, on-the-go, or for a special event.

Hailey Baldwin is the perfect example of how to accentuate this timeless look with the right makeup and jewelry.

french braid

Fringe Braid

Maria Menounos is stunning at the Golden Globes with this creative fringe braid.

This style is for those looking for a fun way to have a sleek look with minimal effort.

Style this braid into a ponytail for a polished look, or go bold and keep your client’s hair down.

fringe braid

Upside-Down Braid

Karreuche Tran gives us glam with minimal effort showing off this braided style.

Suggest this look for those clients always running on a time crunch in the mornings. Because of its simplicity to recreate.

There are many ways to wear the upside-down braid—try styling it with a ponytail for a chic, contemporary look.

upside down braid

Glitter Braid

Add some sparkle to your look for that extra style. The glitter possibilities are endless, so get creative!

Nina Dobrev styles her side braids with silver sparkle, making her stand out in any crowd.

This is perfect for adding dramatic effect to any braid style!

glitter braid

Halo Braid

Ruby Rose is a wild-child when it comes to fashion, and it shows in her personal style.

We are loving this halo braid style with a pop of teal color.

If the hair you are working with is not already a creative color, try using a semi-permanent hair color spray on the braid for a fun, temporary look.

halo braid

Braided High-Bun

Lilly Collins shows us true class with this beautiful braided high-bun.

These braids are great for dressing up a simple bun, by giving it extra charm perfect for an elegant wedding or prom night.

braided high bun

Double-Sided Braid

Imogen Poots is a British starlet that knows everything fashion.

This minimalistic hairstyle is feasible to manage, but creates a great, picture-perfect look.

double sided braid

Double-Dutch Braids

Double-dutch braids have not only been a top choice among celebrities this year, but have been around for a long time.

Olivia Munn shows us that this timeless style gives a contemporary twist to any outfit.

For even more added drama, incorporate hair extensions into the braid for length and volume.

double dutch braids

One-Sided Braids

One of the softer braided looks on our list, this is sure to be a client favorite.

It is one of the easiest braids to achieve on their own, whether a professional or novice when it comes to styling hair.

Julianne Hough always knows how to serve simplistic elegance to any event, especially with this braided style.

one sided braid

Mohawk Braid

This style is not only easy to recreate, but sure to turn heads.

Selena Gomez shows this sleek yet trendy style on the red carpet.

The Mohawk Braid is all about creating the perfect texture and volume, volume, volume!

mohawk braid

Center-Part Braid

Simple and sleek, this center-parted braid gives a modern twist to any ponytail.

Shay Mitchell is one of the biggest beauty trendsetters and continues to wow us with new looks on the red carpet.

Get your clients ready for a great back-to-school look or even for a date night.

center part braid

Half-Up Braid

Help your clients recreate this half-up, half-down hairstyle seamlessly for their next event.

Wear this style with a little black dress, just like Naya Rivera.

For even more glam, tease the base of the braid for more volume and height.

half up braid

Double-Bunned Braids

The double bun style has taken over 2017, but Diane Kruger goes in a different direction with the style by turning them into braided side buns.

Here she is giving us major Princess Leia vibes, but with a modern approach.

double bunned braids

Ribboned Braids

Style with a twist, try adding ribbons to your client’s braid for a fresh, new look.

Katy Perry is a trend-setter in the industry, and never fails to give us new takes on classic styles.

Try purchasing ribbon from your local craft store and get creative with colors for a trendy look that is sure to grab attention.

ribboned braids

Pierced Braids

Your badass client is back, and she is ready for something different. Accessorize her braids with hoop jewelry to give an ornamental look.

Christina Aguilera gives us the ultimate pierced braid with her gorgeous lavender locks.

This simple addition can give that extra edge that your client wants.

pierced braids

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