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).
1. Braided Headband
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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
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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
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I don't have a clue how to do this one - YouTube, anyone? - but wow, is it pretty!
4. Waterfall Braid
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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
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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
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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
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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
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How romantic and sweet! Wouldn't this be gorgeous for a summer bride?
10. French to Fishtail
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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
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Make two braids, wind them round your head, fasten with bobby pins, done!
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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
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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
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It looks like she braided some ribbon in here, too - lovely!
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If Barbie had braids, this might be what she'd look like - French braids on the sides, with a high pony.
18. Braids + Pony
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French braid the sides, and fasten on one side into a low ponytail.
19. Hair Inspo
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A few small crown braids, tucked into a low ponytail - effortless chic!
20. French Bangs
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French braid your bangs to one side. Ideal for that awkward "growing out my bangs" phase.
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Just a plain three-strand braid, a little messy perfection.
22. Braided Bangs
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Is this Heidi Klum, rocking the braided bangs trend?
23. Herringbone + Headband
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Honestly, I can't imagine a prettier hairstyle for a Boho bride.
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If this isn't the perfect Elsa-inspired braid, I don't know what is.
25. French Braid Updo
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How pretty! French braided to one side, then pinned up.
26. Messy Braids
Picture proof that messy braids are just beautiful!
27. Lauren Conrad
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I love Lauren's hair channel on YouTube, for instructions on how to get looks like this one!
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Loose braids are all about volume and texture, and aren't meant to be perfect.
29. One Shoulder
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Gather your hair over one shoulder and do a plain braid... and you're red carpet ready!
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So many braids, all in one gorgeous Boho updo!
31. French + Herringbone
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Start with a French braid, end with a herringbone.
32. Long & Loose
Another gorgeous example of a long, loose braid.
33. To the Side
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Do a French braid on each side, then combine them and finish over one shoulder with a fishtail braid.
34. Something New
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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
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Not sure what to do with the loose ends and stray bits? Curl them!
36. Braided Mohawk
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While most braids are Boho and sweet, this Dutch braid is all punk.
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Pin flowers behind one ear or along the side of a braid to make it even sweeter.
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Do a loose French braid for just the crown, and leave the rest down. Hey, that rhymes!