It's summer, and to my delight, gorgeous braids and braided hairstyles are still totally on-trend. So whether you're more Elsa or Katniss, or someone in between, here are a few gorgeous braided hairstyles to kick your summer style up a notch (or three).
Table of contents:
- braided headband
- braided bangs
- braided butterfly
- waterfall braid
- braid and bun
- braided band
- multiple french braids
- bridal braids
- french to fishtail
- boho milkmaid
- french braid + bun
- the flower braid
- beautiful braids
- braids + pony
- hair inspo
- french bangs
- braided bangs
- herringbone + headband
- french braid updo
- messy braids
- lauren conrad
- one shoulder
- french + herringbone
- long & loose
- to the side
- something new
- curls, too
- braided mohawk
1 Braided Headband
This is my favorite braided hairstyle, and it's actually pretty simple to do! Tiny braids from each side of your hair, pulled across to make a band, and fastened with a boddy pin or clip behind each ear. It's so pretty! Maybe not the best for humid summer days, but ideal for indoors (air conditioning) or cooler nights.
2 Braided Bangs
This one's easy, too! Start at one side, French braid across, then once you get past your temple, just braid the end and clip back.
3 Braided Butterfly
I don't have a clue how to do this one - YouTube, anyone? - but wow, is it pretty!
4 Waterfall Braid
There are a million YouTube tutorials for this one, but I'm sure your stylist already knows how to do it. It's so pretty!
5 Braid and Bun
This one's simple, too! Do a loose French braid for the top of your hair, then fasten with a hair elastic at the top, and make a messy bun.
Braid a few strands of hair, then gather all of your hair over one shoulder and make a fishtail braid. So Boho!
7 Braided Band
Tease the back of your hair for the "bump," then braid the long strands at your temples and pin them back under the "bump." So pretty!
8 Multiple French Braids
This one looks complicated, but it's not. Flip your head upside down, and do three of four French braids, securing each with a clip til you're done with all of them. Then gather all of them into a high ponytail, fasten with a hair elastic, and you're done!
9 Bridal Braids
How romantic and sweet! Wouldn't this be gorgeous for a summer bride?
10 French to Fishtail
Start at one side, with a French braid, then for the end, finish with a fishtail.
Love her ombre color, love her trio of braids.
12 Boho Milkmaid
Make two braids, wind them round your head, fasten with bobby pins, done!
I have no idea how to do this one - there's so much going on here! - but it sure is pretty!
14 French Braid + Bun
French braid each side, and wrap around a low bun - pretty for bridesmaids!
15 The Flower Braid
Again, no idea how this is done, but wow is it pretty!
16 Beautiful Braids
It looks like she braided some ribbon in here, too - lovely!
If Barbie had braids, this might be what she'd look like - French braids on the sides, with a high pony.
18 Braids + Pony
French braid the sides, and fasten on one side into a low ponytail.
19 Hair Inspo
A few small crown braids, tucked into a low ponytail - effortless chic!
20 French Bangs
French braid your bangs to one side. Ideal for that awkward "growing out my bangs" phase.
Just a plain three-strand braid, a little messy perfection.
22 Braided Bangs
Is this Heidi Klum, rocking the braided bangs trend?
23 Herringbone + Headband
Honestly, I can't imagine a prettier hairstyle for a Boho bride.
If this isn't the perfect Elsa-inspired braid, I don't know what is.
25 French Braid Updo
How pretty! French braided to one side, then pinned up.
26 Messy Braids
Picture proof that messy braids are just beautiful!
27 Lauren Conrad
I love Lauren's hair channel on YouTube, for instructions on how to get looks like this one!
Loose braids are all about volume and texture, and aren't meant to be perfect.
29 One Shoulder
Gather your hair over one shoulder and do a plain braid... and you're red carpet ready!
So many braids, all in one gorgeous Boho updo!
31 French + Herringbone
Start with a French braid, end with a herringbone.
32 Long & Loose
Another gorgeous example of a long, loose braid.
33 To the Side
Do a French braid on each side, then combine them and finish over one shoulder with a fishtail braid.
34 Something New
Try a braid as part of an overall straight style, like this! Make a tight French braid on one side, then tuck it behind your ear and fasten with a bobby pin.
35 Curls, Too
Not sure what to do with the loose ends and stray bits? Curl them!
36 Braided Mohawk
While most braids are Boho and sweet, this Dutch braid is all punk.
Pin flowers behind one ear or along the side of a braid to make it even sweeter.
Do a loose French braid for just the crown, and leave the rest down. Hey, that rhymes!
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