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How Many of These Braids Do You Think You Could Master?


Ah, braids-there's something so summery about the hairstyle. Not only do they make hair look good, but they also keep it off our faces when it's sweltering outside. Braids are a great way to hide greasy hair or bad hair days, or for when you just want to go for something different. What we're saying is that there's a plait for every occasion. Whether you're heading to a wedding or just hanging around the house, there's always one you'll find to suit.

Now, before you start saying you're not a fan of them because you find them too fiddly, fear not: We've also got a great guide forВ how to braid hair. So head there to test your ability, and then come back and check out our indulgent braid gallery. Oh, and if, on the other hand, you find them too quaint, prepare to have your mind changed.В Here are the 24 incredible plaits for both the braid obsessive and the novice.

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The Mega-Braid

We're under no illusion that we'd be able to whip up this intricate braid from the Jil Sander S/S 18 show ourselves, but it'sВ so satisfying to look at, at least.

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Sectioned Braid

The key to nailing this sectioned-off braid from Piccione S/S 18 is aВ tail comb and plenty of hair serum.

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Cornrows

Want to know how to do cornrows? We've hunted down one of the most-watched video tutorials on YouTubeВ to help you do this style with ease.

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Messy Plait

There are two ways we'd do this: either sleep in a tight plait, or wake up, don't brush your hair, and loosely braid your hair. Either way, it's a win-win.

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Front Plait

The front plait is much trickier to do but is the perfect pairing to that wedding-guest dress you'll be wearing this summer. Turn to trusty YouTube for a great guide.В

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Double Dutch Braids

If you've mastered a basic braid, you can totally handle a Dutch braid-just reverse the direction you'd normally go in to make the braid sit on top of the hair. Confused? Take a look at this cute double Dutch braid tutorialВ and try out one braid on either side of your head for double the fun.

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Half Dutch Braid, Half Pony

Okay, we haven't eased you in gently here, as this is two hairstyles in one, really, but this is for the indecisive among us. It requires knowing how to do a Dutch braid, which is essentially a reversed French plait (great tutorial here). Once you know how to do that, split your hair in two (horizontally), and then take the top half and create a plait in the middle, leaving bits on the side. Once you've finished your plait, take the remaining hair on the sides and tie in a pony.

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Halo Braid

The halo braid has fallen out of favor in recent years, but we predict it's set to make a welcome return this summer. For the look, you'll need a decent load of bobby pinsВ and a tutorial.

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Dutch Crown Braid

StartВ your part toward the middle of your head and bring the hair forward to braid into a dutch braid along the hairline. When you're done, you can fasten into a ponytail like the model above.В

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Twisted Braids

Can't braid? Cheat! We won't tell anyone (promise). These twists look seriously cool and give the feel of a braid without the fuss. It's worth adding in some texturizing spray to style in the same way and keep hair in place. Plait the ends to secure it further.

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Mini Braids

No incredible dexterity is needed for this look. Simply grab a small section of hair from the bottom and get plaiting. Fix with a small elastic band. Team Byrdie is obsessed with this braid style right now.

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Woven Plaits

This is idealВ for festivals. Put the flower crown down. All you need to do is part your hair in the middle (or to the side like this model) and grab some hair ribbons (or just normal ribbons). Free PeopleВ does an exceptional range of different hair accessories that are perfect for this boho style.В

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Half Fishtail, Half Pony

Don't fret over whether or not you can do a full fishtail; you only need to do a half of one and then leave the rest as a pony. Fix with a minimalistВ hair barretteВ to give your hair that cool Scandi vibe.В

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Swept-Away Side Plait

What could be easier than plaiting a loose braid and leaving all your flyaway hairs to be, er, flyaway?В

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Classic French

The classic French plait is one we always go back to. Yes, this one takes a while to master, but once you get it down, you can impress friends by how you can do it with no mirror or help (just like this smug Byrdie editor).В

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Messy Double Plaits

These are SO easy. And they look super chic, non?

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Half Fishtail, Half Down

Only wantВ to dip your toe into braiding? Then perhaps this half-up, half-downВ fishtail is the one for you.В

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Loose Plait

If you just want to do a really cool braid, almost as if your hairstyle was an afterthought, we love this one for insouciant style. Back-comb your lengths and ends to give your hair some extra body before braiding.

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Half Fishtail

This one starts as a fishtailВ and then ends up as plait. What could be easier?В

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Tucked-Under French Braid

Know how to do a French braid but want to switch it up a bit? Try this slightly messy twist-just make sure you tuck it in underneath to get the full look (yes, you will need pinsВ to secure it).

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Headband and Simple Braid

Or the Blair Waldorf, as we like to call it. While this is all about getting a chic headbandВ in place, you'll need to braid your hair. Try one plait or two.В

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Double French Plait Tucked Under

Yes, this one's a bit tricky, but it'll get easier with practice. PS: It's totally okay if you let this one get a bit messy.

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Reverse Halo Braid

Much like the halo braid, this one will take a bit of practice.However, you could always try two classic braids rather than the more advanced Dutch braid, and fixВ them at the bottom for a quick hack.

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Double French Braid

Want to go for that off-duty ballerina look that isn't just a bun? This is it.В

Next up,В shake up your makeup routine with these metallic ideas.В

This post originally appeared on Byrdie UK.В