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Decoding Gorgeous Braided Hairstyles for Every Hair Length

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God bless the soul that created the first braid. History is proof that the ‘braided hairdo’, aka the queen of hairdos is not fading anytime soon. A few of us may have learned how to braid by the tenth grade, but the majority of us depended on our mothers’ dexterity with braids. Although you have always crushed on lovely braids on other women from a distance, we know you are equally intimidated by the thought of attempting one with your own mane. Well, Aloha! We’ve been waiting for you to discover these easy braided hairstyles with not-so-intimidating DIY techniques. Did we just hear a silent yay?

From collarbone-grazing to waist-grazing, find braided hairstyles for all hair lengths. Ready to braid?

     

  • Braided Hairstyles for Short Hair
  • braided hairstyle- crossover braid

    1. Crown Crossover braid

    Brace yourself to be the talk of the tress town!
    Step 1: Apply Khadi Natural Herbal Hair Serum to smooth out any frizz and then part your hair in the center.
    Step 2: Take a thin section of hair from one side and create a classic three-strand braid. Secure with a hair tie.
    Steps 3: Repeat on the other side.
    Step 4: Hold the two braids and crisscross them at the back of your head.
    Step 5: Pin the braids underneath one another with the help of Elite Models (France) Fashion Hair Bobby Pins.

    Best Time:When your crush is attending the same event as you are. He will finally notice. (You will have to charm your way into his heart though, that’s still on you.)

    2. Simple Side Braid

    There’s something so effortlessly royal about a simple side braid hairstyle. Try one and you will see.
    Step 1: Create a crown Dutch braid with a two-inch section on one side.
    Step 2: Secure it with an elastic once you reach the end.
    Step 3: Pin the braid with a showstopper hair accessory. We recommend the glitzy Joker & Witch Gold plated metal leaves hair clip to add a pop of glam to your side braid.
    Step 4: Brush the rest of your hair to freely fall on the braid for a graceful appeal.
    Step 5: Spritz Enliven Ultra Hold Hair Mousse on the braid to ensure an all-day hold.

    Best Time: When the success of your BFF’s bachelorette party rests on you and you have to look as LIT as the party.

    side braid hairstyle
    Dutch braid hairstyle

    3. Double Dutch braid

    This easy on the eye hairdo will keep the hair neatly packed away from the face.
    Step 1: Brush your hair with The Body Shop Detangling Comb to ease out tangles before you begin.
    Step 2:From the hairline, gather your tresses to start creating a braid.
    Step 3: With each new stitch, add a thick section of hair from either sides into your braid for a woven look.
    Step 4: Continue till you reach the length of the hair and secure the braid with an elastic.
    Step 5: Don’t forget to finish off with a few spritzes of Enzo White Hair Styling, Hard Hold & Set Spray to tame flyaways.

    Best Time: Nothing beats a well done Double Dutch braid for first dates or when you want to make an impression without the stress of open tresses!

     

  • Braided Hairstyles for Medium Hair
  • 1. Boxer braids

    This one exudes ‘sporty weekend’ vibes (for obvious reasons).
    Step 1: Create a centre parting to divide your crown into two equal halves. We recommend using Roots Cellulose Acetate Comb No 11 for gentle styling.
    Step 2:Gather three sections at your hairline and alternately cross the left and right strands under the middle one.
    Steps 3: With each new stitch, add thin strands of hair into the braid from either side. When you reach the end of the length, secure with an elastic.
    Step 4: Repeat on the other half.
    Step 5: Boxer braids would seem undone without a sleek finish. We would bet for the Osmo Blinding Shine Illuminating Finisher to impart that glossy shine to your uber-chic hairdo.

    Best Time:When you don’t want tresses interfering your Bench Press sessions at the gym. Enter Boxer braids.

    braided hairstyle- boxer braid
    braided hairstyle for medium hair

    2. Crown Braid Ponytail

    Disclaimer: You might have to deal with friends begging you to recreate this beauty on them.
    Step 1: Pull together your crown hair to start creating a Dutch braid and stop at the centre of the back of your head.
    Step 2: Now, gather all your hair to create a low ponytail. Secure it with an elastic.
    Step 3: Take a thick section of hair from your ponytail and wrap it around the elastic.
    Step 4: Pancake the braid by gently tugging at the sections to make it appear fuller.
    Step 5: Go on a spritz fest with Schwarzkopf Taft Keratin Hair Spray Ultra Strong 4 to keep hair touch-ups off your mental to-do list.

    Best Time: When you can foresee the drunk nights on the dance floor slip into hungover mornings.

    3. Milkmaid Braid

    Can’t choose between a bun and a braid? How about both?
    Step 1: Add some extra volume by backcombing the crown section using the Bronson Professional Termax Back Combing Teasing Brush.
    Step 2:From the hairline, gather your tresses to start creating a braid.
    Step 3: Wrap around rest of the hair to create a bun below the braid.
    Step 4: Pin the bun right under the crown braid so that it can be seen. If you have thick hair, Franck Provost Xpert Pro XXL Black U Hair Bobby Pin can be your trustworthy bun savior.
    Step 5: Gently tug at the outer sections of the bun for a fuller and effortless look.

    Best Time: Nothing beats a well done Double Dutch braid for first dates or when you want to make an impression without the stress of open tresses!

    Crown braid hairstyle
     

  • Braided Hairstyles for Long Hair
  • Flower braid hairstyle

    1. Flower braided half-up half-down

    Take our word, we swear by this braided hairstyle to make you look as though you have just stepped right out of a fairy tale.
    Step 1: Comb through your tresses in the crown area and gather them in a half-ponytail. Secure it with a hair tie.
    Step 2: Now create a classic three-strand braid with the ponytail and secure it with a hair tie.
    Step 3: Using both your hands, start rolling the braid from its length and pin it at the back of your head.
    Step 4: Pancake outer sections of the flower braid to create a petal effect.
    Step 5: Since the rest of your hair stays open add some loose dramatic curls to your hair lengths by using the Bronson Professional Chopstick Hair Curler - Style Stick.

    Best Time: When you don’t mind being the most talked about bridesmaid in a wedding whilst sensing hair envy all around.

    2. French Braid

    From here on, your love affair with French braid will only grow stronger than ever.
    Step 1: If your tresses are unruly, first prep them with the help of Vega Adore Flat Hair Straightener -VHSH-18.
    Step 2: Divide the hair at your hairline into three sections.
    Step 3: Alternately cross the left and right sections over the middle one to form a taut stitch.
    Step 4: Continue till the end of the length and fasten your braid with an elastic.
    Step 5: Finish off with a few spritzes of Sebastian Professional Shaper Fierce Hairspray For Texture And Volume and your French braid will be set to grab major style points in the tress town.

    Best Time: When you have to attend that corporate meeting and are considering a ‘Don’t-mess-with-me’ hairdo.

    french braid hairstyle
    mermaid braid hairstyle

    3. Mermaid Braid

    A mermaid braid is a classic head turner. Don’t let the intricate appearance of this hairdo deter you.
    Step 1: Gather hair at the back of your head and divide it into three sections.
    Step 2: Cross the left and right sections of hair over the middle section. Keep alternating.
    Step 3: To make the braid appear woven, add a little hair from either sides into your braid.
    Step 4: Now here’s the critical bit. Pancake the braid by gently tugging at its outer sections to make it appear fuller.
    Step 5: For a naturally relaxed look, leave the last bit of your hair free. Spritz the Compressed Micro Mist Invisible Hold Natural Finish Texture Hold Level 1 Hair Spray for a hairdo that stands the test of time.

    Best Time: When you are craving for gorgeous waist grazing tresses that will make heads turn at that engagement party.

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