Although there are many different ways to style hair, there is one style that is multipurpose and has been used in cultures around the globe for centuries: the braid. Braids in all their variations offer both functionality and beauty and will never go out of style. But there are diverse ways to style a braid and they are really simple to do if you are looking to change up this classic look. Below, you will see some of the various types of braids and braided styles that are common and easy enough to style that you might even want to try for yourself!

Fishtail Braid 

This look became extremely popular in the early 2010s. While this may be a more complicated braid, once it is mastered this braid can be done in minutes. This particular braid style can be used with unwashed hair. To start, pull your hair into a side ponytail. Then section off two equal parts and leave one with a hair tie in it so it will be easier at first to braid. Following that, take a piece from the outside section and move it to the center and repeat the process on the other side and keep going until it is finished. A fishtail braid is a wonderful way to change up the classic braided look.

Dutch Braids 

Dutch Braids are very common. These are sometimes referred to as “boxer braids” but those are actually different. A Dutch braid can be done in pigtails or as a single braid. To master this braid, it might be helpful to master the braiding technique on someone else. The mechanism of this look is by taking three sections of the hair and braiding one of the outside sections underneath the hair and alternating until reaching the end. What is also great about these braids is if you sleep with them in, the next day your hair will be wavy giving you another look to spice things up.

French Braids 

What is great about French Braids is that these are classic. They also go hand in hand with Dutch braids. A way to get a good French braid is the opposite of a Dutch braid. Instead of crossing and braiding underneath, the hair needs to be braided up top. So, if you can master either one of these looks, you will be able to learn the other. And just like Dutch braids, after taking them out your hair will be full of nice waves which can be their own hairstyle.

Rope Braid

This type of braid is not your typical braid. It is also a lot simpler to produce than others. This is because, when thinking about a braid the most common thought is the hair being broken up into three sections and braided, but there are rope braids which have a different technique. The rope braid has quite simple maneuvers. Take two equal sections of your hair and twist them away from your face. Once they are coiled, similar to a rope, wrap the sections towards your face. Once reaching the end of your hair you will have a unique look that took you minutes to get!

Cornrow Braids

Cornrows are a protective hairstyle popularly worn amongst women with kinky hair. This hairstyle dates back to 3000 B.C., originating in West Africa. Cornrows are versatile and provide a hairstylist the opportunity to create intricate designs and styles depending on how the cornrow is braided. The process of braiding cornrows is similar to the way French braids are done. Cornrows can be applied to a whole head of hair, or as a small detail in a half-up-half-down hairstyle or an updo.

Over the years the braided look has taken on many different looks. Braids are a fantastic way to change up your everyday hairdo. All of these styles can be dressed up or down and afterwards your hair could give another hairstyle. These braids are easy to master with a little practice. So, the next time that you are looking to do something different when it comes to your everyday braids, perhaps you’ll think about these five simple braids you can do! Using hair products to style your hair is also a big help!

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