Some ladies are blessed with being good at doing their own hair. I am not one of those ladies. I have two hair styles: up and down. Fancy, I know. So when someone says, "She wore her hair in a braid," my mind doesn't go much farther than your everyday, learned-it-in-summer-camp, standard braid. Newsflash! There are hundreds of ways to wear your hair in a braid. Some are so easy to do that even a novice could I could pull it off, while others are more complicated, but still doable if you have the skills. Here are 12 braids you need to learn to do.
12 French Braid
While the french braid is a very common type of braid, it can still be intimidating to try to do on your own. There are many variations of the french braid and you can even do it upside down! (Please see below) Like a standard braid, you will take three pieces of hair and begin braiding them, but as you go, you'll incorporate more hair from each side every time you cross the piece over. Here is a video that shows you how to do a standard braid, a french braid, and a dutch braid which is also listed below.
11 Upside Down French Braid
So you'll do a french braid, but this time you'll start from the nape of your neck and continue up. It may be easier to flip your head upside down in order to do so. Then, you'll take the remaining hair and create a loose bun at the top.
10 Dutch Braid
The dutch braid is simply an upside down or inverted french braid. You will separate the hair into three sections, like the french, but when you cross the sections, instead of crossing them over, you will cross the hair underneath one another.
9 Fish Tail Braid
Divide your hair into two sections instead of three like the last three braids. Hold both sections in one hand and separate them with your pointer finger. Use your other hand and grab a small piece of hair from the outside of one of the two sections. Pull the small strand to the other side and then take a piece from the outside of that section and bring the other way. And repeat. Here is a video to show you how it's done.
8 Spiral Braid
You'll start off with a french braid at the crown on your head and braid counterclockwise in a circle across the front of your head, down to the left side, around the nape and back up to the right side. You then tuck the end into the rest of the braid to hide it.
7 Chainlink Braid
You can start with a low pony like the picture above, or you can do a high pony with an elastic. You will create four sections this time. There are many different ways and patterns to do this braid, but this video will explain in detail an easier way to do it.
6 Skeleton Braid
The skeleton braid is a combination of a regular braid and a fishtail braid. You'll start with a regular braid at the top and middle of your head and then you'll take turns pulling small strands of hair through the braid from each side and repeat. This braid looks much harder to do than it actually is. Here is a detailed step-by-step video.
5 Rope Braid
This braid is right up my alley because it's super cute and super easy to do. You just put your hair into a ponytail, make two sections, and cross the sections over each other until you get to the bottom of your hair. You may want to use hairspray or a pomade to help keep it together.
4 Halo Braid
Start off by taking some of the front pieces of your hair and pull to the front. You'll leave these strands out of the braid to frame your face and tuck the rest of your hair behind your ears. Then, on the right side of your head, two or three inches above your ear, you'll make a part and pull the rest of your hair over and start to do a dutch braid underneath. Continue the dutch braid around the back of your head. You'll have to rearrange your hands here and there as you continue up and around your head. As you get back to the front, make sure to leave out the pieces you want to keep out to frame your face. Here is a great video that will take you through it.
3 Waterfall Braid
There are many different ways to do a waterfall braid. To do one like the one above, make a center or side part and start to do a standard french braid. Once you bring a few strands over, you'll drop the section of the braid that you'd normally continue to cross over, creating it to fall. If you are braiding on the right side, you'll drop every piece that usually crosses over to the right, and if it's the left side, you'll do the opposite. Here is a video to show you how to do a waterfall braid.
2 Knot Braid
This one is a little difficult, but the pictures above will show you a step by step guide. Bring all of your hair to one side and grab a section from the back to divide into two small sections. Wrap the pieces around the outside of the hair and tie them in a knot. Then, you'll take the two pieces behind the larger section of your hair and criss cross them. Add a smaller section to each piece so they are long and can wrap around and tie. Continue the knots and bringing the pieces around to the back while adding a small section to both pieces every time. Continue to the bottom, tie with an elastic, and pull apart.
1 Four Strand Braid
This one looks harder and fancier than it really is. The four strand braid is just like a standard three strand braid but with an extra strand. Easy peasy. Here is a video that will show you two versions of a four strand braid. Eventually you can do 5, 6, 7 and 8 strand braids!