Braided Hairstyles – 12 Braid Types – 25 Looks

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If you want to get creative with your hair, try braided hairstyles.  Braided hairstyles can take a ho-hum look and make it truly interesting. These styles range from simple to intricate.

Find different types of braids including fishtail braids, cornrow braids, box braids, and more!


Braided Hairstyles


Box Braids

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Yara Shahidi – Box Braids with a Fishtail Braid

This beautiful braided hairstyle must be very heavy for Yara Shahidi to carry around all day!

Hairstyle Length: Long

What Are Box Braids?

Box Braids are similar to cornrow braids but are braided away from the scalp rather than running alongside the scalp.

More Box Braids

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Jada Pinkett Smith – Box Braids Updo

Jada Pinkett Smith

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Zoe Kravitz – Box Braids
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Gabrielle Union – Long Box Braids Hairstyle

Gabrielle Union Hairstyles

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Kelly Rowland – Long Braided Hairstyle

Kelly Rowland


Cornrow Braids

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Beyonce – Cornrow Braids

Hairstyle Length: Long

What Are Cornrow Braids

Cornrow braids are created with a weaving style that is underhanded and close to the scalp resulting in a raised braid.

More Cornrow Braids Hairstyles

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Nina Dobrev – Long Layered Hairstyle with Cornrow Braids

Nina Dobrev Hairstyles

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Rita Ora – Long Sleek Ponytail with Cornrows

Dutch Braids

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Chanel Iman – Dutch Braid

Chanel Iman with Dutch braids just in the front of her head leaving the rest of her hair long and flowing.

Hairstyle Length: Long

What Are Dutch Braids?

The Dutch braid or underbraid is a French braid that is woven underneath rather than on top. Rather than crossing each strand of hair on top of the next it is crossed under the next strand of hair.


Fishtail Braid

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Maria Menounos – Fishtail Braid

Maria Menounos with her hair loosely pulled back with a fishtail braid down the back.

Hairstyle Length: Long

What Is a Fishtail Braid?

Fishtail braids employ the same technique as the French braid but begin with only two strands of hair rather than three.

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Alicia Keys – Fishtail Braid

Alicia Keys

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Blake Lively – Long Braided Hairstyle – Fishtail – (Blonde)

Blake Lively

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Cameron Diaz – Long Braided Hairstyle

Cameron Diaz

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Selena Gomez – Fishtail Braid

Selena Gomez


French Braids

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Emily Blunt – French Braid Updo

Emily Blunt with a French braided updo.

Hairstyle Length: Long

What Is a French Braid?

French braids begin as a traditional three-strand-braid but as each strand of hair is passed over the next more hair is added to the strand.


Ghana Braids

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Amanda Seyfried – Ghana Braids

Amanda Seyfried‘s ghana braids look fabulous against her cornsilk long hair.

Hairstyle Length: Long

What Are Ghana Braids?

Ghana braids are a mesh between cornrows and French braids making the braid look like a cornrow on steroids.

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Jennifer Lopez – Ghana Braids

Jennifer Lopez

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Cara Delevingne – Ghana Braids

Cara Delevingne


Headband Braids

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Ashley Roberts – Headband Braid

Ashley Roberts with an adorable face-framing headband braid.

Hairstyle Length: Long

What Is a Headband Braid?

Headband braids employ the French braid styling technique beginning on one side of the head and moving horizontally across to the other side creating a “headband”.

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Vanessa Hudgens – Headband Braid

Vanessa Hudgens

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Adele – Headband Braid Updo

Adele


Pull Through Braids

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Brooke Burke-Chavret – Pull Through Braid

Brooke Burke-Chavret with a loose pull through braid.

What Is a Pull Through Braid?

Pull through braid is created by making ponytails and then wrapping them around one another.


Rope Braids

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Emmy Rossum – Rope Braid

Emmy Rossum looks beautiful with her hair pulled back into this loose intricate braid.

Hairstyle Length: Long

What Is a Rope Braid?

Rope braids involve twisting two sections of hair together.


Traditional 3-Strand Braid

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Kim Kardashian – Traditional 3-Strand Braid

Kim Kardashian’s sleek braided hairstyle is oh-so-simple yet oh-so-elegant!

Hairstyle Length: Long

What Is a Traditional 3-Strand Braid?

Three strand braids is a weaving style involving three sections of hair alternating strands across a center strand.

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Bella Thorne – Classic 3-Strand Braided Hairstyle – (Brunette)

Bella Thorne

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Rihanna – Long Braided Hairstyle

Rihanna


Waterfall Braids

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Nina Dobrev – Waterfall Braids

Nina Dobrev looks adorable with this simple set of waterfall braids at her crown.

Hairstyle Length: Long

What Are Waterfall Braids?

Waterfall braids are a variation of the French braiding technique but rather than adding additional hair to a strand in the weave, the strand is dropped and replaced with a new section of hair.


Yarn Braids

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Chanel West Coast – Yarn Braids

Chanel West Coast has integrated her braids with green synthetic fibers which is why they are called “yarn braids”.

Hairstyle Length: Long

What Are Yarn Braids?

Yarn braids incorporate colorful extensions into the braid weave.


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