5 Braided Styles You Must Try

5 Braided Styles You Must Try

Fun fact time! 50% of the time my hair is braided but I actually didn't learn to properly braid my hair until a few years ago. Ok ok, I guess that fact wasn't very fun but you know what is...a good ol' braid! Growing up my mom would braid my hair for me, then I got to those awful teenage years when I wanted to be in control of everything including my hair. This lead to many awful experiments that usually involved the cheapest hair coloring kit I could find at Walgreens. Why didn't anyone stop me?!?!

Thankfully, years later I saw the error in my ways and decided to start giving my hair all the love it needed and deserved. This involved finally learning how to braid my hair because braids are usually a protective style. I wasn't starting completely from scratch, I knew how to do a basic braid but I knew nothing about french or dutch braids. After watching MANY YouTube tutorial and multiple fails I finally learned! It actually wasn't too bad and took about 30 minutes so I'm not sure why I waited so long to learn. Those 30 minutes changed my hair game forever. Most people don't consider braids a lazy day hairstyle but for me it is, it's very little effort yet it looks like I tried. I'll admit sometimes my arms get tired when I'm doing a crowd braid but aside from that most of the braids below are super easy and they'll create the illusion of effort! 


Crown Braid

This is my personal favorite! My hair isn't long enough to create a full crown but I think it still looks great. Marina McAvoy has a fantastic tutorial on her blog on how to create the braid featured in the image. She also has other awesome hair tutorials worth checking out. This style can also be worn with the hair up or down. 

 

Fishtail PonyTail

At first the fishtail braid seems intimidating and I guess I wouldn't suggest it for a first time braider. However, once you get the hang of it almost seems easier than a normal braid. 

 

Center Braid

This braid is especially good for a lazy day! It adds instant pizzaz to our hair. The center braid can be braided to the halfway point of your head then finished of with a bun or a cute hair accessory. 

 

Boxer Braids 

I promise these look just as cool even if you have one toned hair. There are many variations to boxer braids and I love all of them. You can finish your boxer braids with two buns or finish the braid and pin it up to create a boxer/ crown braid hybrid. 

 

Box Braids 

Yes yes, I realize this is not a hairstyle you can do when you're running low on time BUT after the braids are in styling our hair will take no time. The freedom of not having to worry about styling your hair before you heading out it fantastic! Box braids are also a great protective style which is an added bonus.


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