15 Different Types of Braids for Women

Types of Braids

Braids are a simple and enjoyable way to forget about hair styling for months, giving your hair a break and protect it from draught and other environmental factors.

Furthermore, the different types of braids listed below will draw attention, admiring glances, and genuine smiles.

Hairstyles with braids allow for more creativity. There are a variety of braiding techniques to choose from to make each head unique.

You can also play around with highlights, natural or curly texture, clips, patterns, and forms.

Natural perm and hair thicknesses are a huge positive and a one-of-a-kind benefit that you can’t afford to overlook. Braids are made for your hair, which you may have complained about in the past.

Braids have changed tremendously over the years, and now there are a ton of various versions that you may try out depending on your mood and the occasion.

Be it class, work, gym, a wedding, or a date, there’s not a single event or place where you can’t wear your hair in a braid, which makes them so functional and adaptable.

You may make them as basic or as complex as you want and pair them with ponytails, buns, and a variety of other hairstyles to create your own unique look. 

We’ve selected some of the best types of braids to inspire you or remind you of the classics, and they include;

1. French Braid

French Braid

The French braid is a feminine and timeless design that has been around for a long time. This is one of the types of braids that are used for casual brunch, the gym, or the office.

For a more professional look, keep it very smooth, or pull out a few face-framing pieces for a soft and romantic touch. French braids are a popular hairstyle for wedding events, and you may pair it with a fishtail braid or a half-up, half-down look.

A French braid is a great choice for any event.

How to style it

  1. Remove all knots from your hair using a brush.
  2. Divide the front section of your hair (the area between your temples) into three parts.
  3. Braid your hair in a stitch.
  4. Add a 2-inch segment of hair from outside the braid to each of the side strands before turning it over to the main strand of braid in the second stitch.
  5. When your French braid reaches the nape of your neck, and you’re out of hair to add to it, you’re done, just braid the rest of the way down and knot the ends with a hair elastic.
  6. To make the braid look more voluminous, pull it apart and loosen it.

2. Fishtail Braid

Fishtail Braid

The fishtail braid is a festival staple that adds a touch of bohemian to any ensemble. Due to the fact that it doesn’t have a difficult design, it’s one of the easiest types of braids to do.

To keep the braid from falling apart, split your hair into small portions – about half an inch – and maintain tension throughout the braid.

The fishtail can be started at any point on your head using a French or Dutch braiding technique, so it will work on both short and long hair.

This design can also be worn with a double fishtail.

How to style it

  1. With the help of a hairbrush, detangle your hair.
  2. Pull all of your hair back into a ponytail.
  3. Separate your ponytail into two pieces.
  4. Take a thin section of hair from the outer side of the left section of your ponytail, flip it over, and place it on the inner side of the right portion.
  5. Pick up a thin section of hair from the right portion’s outer side, flip it over, and add it to the left portion of your ponytail’s inner side.
  6. Rep steps 4 and 5 until you’ve fishtail braided all the way to the end of your hair.
  7. Using a hair elastic, secure the ends.
  8. To complete the look, cut the hair elastic at the top of your braid.

3. Dutch Braid

Dutch Braid

The Dutch braid is sometimes referred to as the “reverse French braid” because both plaits require gradually adding sections of hair.

It’s a great way to dress up a simple plait hairstyle or create double braids and crown braids for a formal event. Dutch braids are an underhand braid style in which your hair stands out rather than lying flat on your head.

It’s a classic three-strand technique, so if you know how to make a standard plait, the Dutch braid will be familiar to you.

How to style it

  1. Brush your hair to get rid of tangles and knots.
  2. Pick up the front section of your hair between your temples and divide it into three sections.
  3. Flip the side portions under the main section and braid it for one stitch.
  4. Begin adding hair from outside the braid to the side sections of each stitch before flipping them beneath the centre part.
  5. Once your Dutch braid has reached the nape of your neck, just braid the rest of the way down and secure the ends with a hairband.

4. 3 Strand Braid

3 Strand Braid

The simple three-strand braid is the most basic type of braids, and it’s a hairstyle that we’ve all grown up with. It’s also most likely the first hairstyle you learned on your own.

By experimenting with the sizing and textures of this simple braid, you can create an endless number of hairstyles.

How to style it

  1. Brush your hair to get rid of tangles and knots.
  2. Make three equal divisions in your hair.
  3. The left section should be flipped over the middle section.
  4. Replace the right part on top of the middle section (that was previously the left section).
  5. Rep steps 3 and 4 by flipping the left and right portions of hair over the middle section alternately until you’ve braided all the way to the end.
  6. Using a hair elastic, secure the ends.

5. Pull Through Braid

Pull Through Braid

Here’s a lovely braid that will give your hair a lot of volumes. The pull-through braid is one of the most fashionable types of braids that includes tying your hair into a series of ponytails and braiding them together.

How to style it

  1. Brush your hair to get rid of any knots or tangles.
  2. Make a ponytail with a section of your hair from the top of your head.
  3. Pick up a section of hair from directly beneath the first ponytail and tie it into a second ponytail.
  4. Make a half-circle with the first ponytail.
  5. Bring the two portions of the first ponytail together and secure them with a hair elastic under the first ponytail (so that the second ponytail is encased between them).
  6. Gather some hair and place the third ponytail beneath the second.
  7. Split the second ponytail in half and tie the ends together beneath the third ponytail with a hair elastic.
  8. Continue this procedure until you run out of hair to knot into more ponytails.
  9. There will be two ponytails hanging loose at the nape of your neck at this stage.
  10. Finish off the look with the last stitch of pull-through braiding.

6. Milkmaid Braids

Milkmaid Braids

If you’re trying for a retro feeling, milkmaid braids are the finest hairdo to go for. Though it appears that you spent a long time perfecting this braid, it is actually quite simple to accomplish and takes less than 5 minutes.

Milkmaid braids are particularly popular as a bridal hairstyle since they instantly transform the wearer into an angel.

How to style it

  1. Remove all knots and tangles from your hair as quickly as possible.
  2. Part your hair down the center with the tail end of the rat tail comb.
  3. To divide your hair into two equal sections, continue parting your hair until you reach the nape of your neck.
  4. Make a simple three-strand braid with the right-hand section and secure the ends with a hair elastic.
  5. Rep step 4 with the left-hand section of hair.
  6. To make both braids appear wider and more dimension, pull them apart and loosen them.
  7. To frame your face, pull a few strands of hair from the front.
  8. Pick up your right braid and place it across the crown of your head, pinning the end down on the opposite side of your head.
  9. To keep this braid firmly in place on your head, use bobby pins along the length of it.
  10. Repeat steps 8 and 9 with your left braid, tucking its ends beneath the right braid to disguise them before pinning it to your head.

7. Box Braids

Box Braids

Box braids are one of the most well-known types of braids. All of your hair will be sectioned into squares and worked into separate plaits to get this look.

You can use your own hair or have extensions braided in to give you long, luscious locks that will turn heads. They’re a protective style that can be any length or thickness; however, if you have naturally thin or fine hair, go for smaller box braids to reduce the amount of tension on your scalp.

While box braids are time-consuming to make, they are exceptionally low-maintenance and can last for weeks.

8. Crochet Braids

Crochet Braids

Crochet is one of the simplest and most straightforward methods for creating extra-long braids. Crochet is similar to weaving in that it involves braiding your hair into loose cornrows first.

Crochet braids are built on the foundation of this cornrow pattern. Hair extensions are then threaded through and secured with a crochet hook before being plaited into your desired braid style.

9. Feed-in Braids

Feed-in Braids

Feed-in braids, often known as ‘knotless’ braids, are much better at protecting your hair than most other styles.

The stylist will usually tie extensions to your natural hair to create incredibly long box braids or cornrows.

The hairdresser will gently ‘feed’ the extensions into your hair, plaiting them along with your natural hair for a flawless mix.

What’s the end result? Braids that aren’t as bulky and don’t put as much strain on your scalp. They’ll also flow like real hair, giving you all the length you want while maintaining a natural look.

10. Cornrow Braids

Cornrow Braids

Cornrows are currently one of the most popular types of braids. To make elevated plaits, hair is braided close to the scalp using the underhand technique.

Each one is neatly arranged in rows, which gives the style its name. Cornrows can be made thin or thick, mixed with other braid styles such as box braids, or used to create a fake undercut or fauxhawk.

Cornrows are also a protective style that will last for several weeks with minimal upkeep.

11. Butterfly Braid

Butterfly Braid

The butterfly braid is a one-of-a-kind and eye-catching style that will draw everyone’s attention to you.

It’s a big, slightly fluffy underhand type of braid that should appear natural and undone.

The butterfly braid nearly always necessitates hair extensions, and you may also need to stitch the braid in place due to its thickness.

Stretch and pull pieces of the braid after you’ve finished braiding to make it even thicker and fluffier. Hair cuffs or jewelry can also be worn.

Keep the rest of your hair smooth or braided in tiny cornrows. As a result, the butterfly braid remains the focal point of the ensemble.

12. Side Braids

Side Braids

Side braids are a simple technique to get a faux undercut or to elevate a side-swept wavy haircut. Instead of going straight back, these braids start at the hairline and work their way up to the top of the head.

As a result, they have a distinctive and odd appearance. The side braids style is given an on-trend asymmetric aspect by adding extensions to the braids and letting the rest of the hair-free.

It’s a striking contrast that creates a trendy, sophisticated style that flatters most facial types.

13. Ghana Braids

Ghana Braids

Ghana braids are a beautiful and complex hairstyle. While the name “Ghana braids” can refer to a wide range of braiding styles, they all begin with micro braids that gradually taper back, becoming larger and fuller as more hair is added.

Braid them from front to back, but you can alternatively start at the crown of your head or braid them side to side.

14. Micro Braids

Micro Braids

Micro braids are small and delicate, as their name implies. However, while they appear to be the gentlest braiding style because they don’t weigh down the scalp, they are more prone to breakage than larger plaits.

Because they must be braided very firmly and close to the skull, this is the reason. They’re not for folks with dry or brittle hair, and if kept in for too long, they can cause hair loss.

When properly maintained, these braids, on the other hand, create a cute and cool look with a lot of attitudes.

15. Crown Braid

Crown Braid

The crown braid is becoming increasingly popular as a hairstyle for formal events such as proms and weddings. Crown braids bring out your inner princess, after all!

Because the style necessitates hair with some grit and texture, it’s also ideal if you haven’t washed yours and need to hide a bad hair day.

Making a crown braid is as simple as plaiting your hair into a double Dutch or French braid, then lifting and pinning each one to the opposite side to form the crown.

In minutes, you’ll be looking and feeling like royalty.

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