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24 Ways to wear Braids

Don’t you feel like braids and summer go hand in hand? I do! They’re easy, they can contain unruly hair, and they’re still cute! Total bonus points is that they can look good messy as well. I am all over the messy-put-together look.

So I thought in honor of summer being in full swing and probably plenty of you dying for some new hairstyles to try, I’d round up some of my favorite ways to wear braids! Some of these are braids I put together for inspiration and there are no tutorials related to them (that I know of). Some of them have been posted here before and I’ll link to it if I have!

Let’s do this!

24 Ways to wear Braids

24 ways to wear braids

Simple Side French Braid

easy side french braid

Yep, just a simple French braid to the side. I just tuck in my bangs because I don’t want them to be in my face. It’s also now the ever popular Elsa braid which will be a win with your kids! 😉

Dutch Braided Side ponytail

Simple summer hairstyles dutch side braided ponytail

All you do here is create a big side part, Dutch braid down the side and continue to the end of the hair. Create a ponytail to the side with the rest of the hair and secure with a small hair tie. Then wrap the braid around the ponytail & secure with bobby pins. Easy peazy!

Half up Fishtail

half up fishtail braid tutorial

I created a tutorial for this look here if you want to check it out, but it’s super simple. Pull the front sections on either side of your hair back and you can either secure with a tie & then do the fishtail or — if you have confidence in your fishtail braid — you can just start from there and fishtail it pretty tight. Secure at the end and your done! If you started with an elastic at the base, just slide that off and you’re done!

Big Mama Summer Side Braid

Easy summer braid tutorial

This has been my go-to summer braid. It’s basically just a big French braid all pulled to the side. You loosen it a little bit so that it’s not so tight to your head and you’re done! Perfect for beach or pool days. There is a tutorial right here if you want to check it out. I took this picture before I colored my hair. It looks a lot better after!

Hippie Crown Braids

easy crown braids

You might notice a trend. Seriously, you guys, all my tutorials are easy. I’m not some kind of hair master, although I’d like to be. I’m just a regular gal that likes to find fun things to do with her hair. This is one of them. It’s easy to do but hard to explain so you’ll have to watch the tutorial.

Braided Bangs Half up

bangs braided

I did this one because braided bangs were so stinkin’ popular I wanted to do another variation of it. It’s very pretty and elegant without being too hard or too much work. That’s my kinda style for sure. You can check out the tutorial for it here.

Half up Dutch Braid

dutch side braid

If you have bangs this is a fun look! You can leave them out to the side so the braid isn’t too tight or harsh. It’s a great variety. By pulling your hair half up, it’s also out of your face which is nice.

Braided Ballerina Bun

braided ballerina bun back

I love this bun, it never gets old. All you do is flip your hair upside down, braid all the way up, secure with a ponytail, then wrap your hair around a bun maker. The tutorial is here with a video tutorial. This one is perfect for summer because your hair is cute & all off your neck!

Double Rope Braids

rope braids

Okay so this one isn’t a true braid, but everyone loves a rope braid. If French braids are too difficult for you, try the rope braid. Here’s a basic rope braid tutorial and here is the tutorial for this particular hairstyle.

Braided Ponytail

3 braided pony

I shared this hair tutorial a little while ago with how to spice up your ponytails. Because we all wear them, why not make them a little extra cute! I just French braided one on top and one on each side. Then I poof it up a bit so that it’s not flat against my head. Perfect for the summer hear!

Side Braided Plats

double french braided

This is kinda a fun one also taken from the ponytail post! Two plats on the side, and a sweeping side part. This could be a ponytail or even just wear it down. Kind of a little rock start look, isn’t it? Rock on!

Braided Side Bangs

side french braid

Not gonna lie, I wear this hairstyle quite often. My bangs are at a weird phase, so I’m always trying to get them out of my face. This is just one of the easiest ways to get my hair out of my face.

Braided Bun

LC braided bun

So simple and so pretty! All you do is a regular side braid leaving out the front section to the side the braid is going. Wrap the braid around and pin into a bun. Then wrap the hair you kept out around the bun, pin and you’re done! Here’s the tutorial.

Bohemian Dutch Braid


I’m pulling this baby out of the archives! One of my first hair tutorials, I still love this braid! I also miss that shirt… You can check out the hair tutorial here. Just be easy on me, like I said, it was one of my first ones!

Double Hanging Braids

double hanging braids

Another one from the archives, it might look a little intimidating, but it’s really easy. I have a video tutorial on how to do it here, so check it out!

Single hanging braid

hanging front braid


Same as the double hanging braids, but just do one. Duh, right? You can wear your hair down or like this one in a side bun. A ponytail would also work!

Now the rest of these I did in one sitting to bust out a bunch of simple, inspirational braids. I did them all really quick so I know they’d be easy for you guys too!

Big Braid into Fishtail

braid into fishtail

Inspiration: Pinterest! But it’s very easy. Big braid half way down and then continue into a fishtail braid. BAM You’re done!

Side braid Semi-half up

simple side braid

All I did here was a Dutch braid to the side, similar to what I did in this tutorial, except instead of stopping it, I continue around. I tucked it under the hair on the other side so it becomes a semi-half up. I have never worn my hair like this before and I was happy with the way it turned out! Definitely another one I want to wear again soon!

Double Side Braids into a bun

double braids into bun

Love the double braids. You can wear them so many ways – like I’m showing them here – and they’re all so perfect for summer. This one you pair with a messy bun to the side for that messy, summery look!

Double Braids into Ponytail

double braid into ponytail

Another way to dress up your ponytail! We all wear them, specially during the summer, and it’s always fun to vamp them up a bit. The double braids at the front give it a little more character. Wrap the braids around the ponytail and you’re done!

Double Side Braid

double side braids

The same double braids, just leave them down! It adds texture to just leaving your hair down.

Milkmaid Braids

milkmaid braids

I have seen this style quite a lot but never tried it. I just thought I couldn’t pull it off, or my hair wasn’t long enough or it would be too difficult to do. Actually, it wasn’t hard at all! Two side braids pinned up on top. This might a new favorite!

Simple Tucked Side Braid

simple sidebraid with deep part

This is the same hairstyle as above but without continuing the braid. Instead you just tuck it in on the side. I love this with straight hair or even pretty curls would look so good! Here’s a tutorial for it.

Peeking Side Braid

hidden side braid

By just braiding a random section in the middle of your hair it gives you that relaxed, hippie-ish look. It doesn’t keep your hair out of your face,but you could always pin your bangs into the braid. That’s probably what I would end up doing.

Well there you go! 22 ways to wear braids!

I hope you got some good ideas from this post! It’s mean to be inspirational, not really instructional, but if you’d like a tutorial for something I shared here that I didn’t already have one, let me know! I’m always happy to take requests!

Have a great weekend!


8 Responses to 24 Ways to wear Braids

  1. Courtney @ titus2minutes June 27, 2014 at 8:06 am #

    These are all gorgeous! I can’t wait to try some of these ideas!

    • Natalia June 27, 2014 at 8:19 am #

      Thank you! Glad you like them!

  2. Megan June 27, 2014 at 2:29 pm #

    This is such a great post! I love braids because they’re cute and girly but give my hair a break from the heat of a curling iron or flat iron.
    Great inspiration and beautiful hairstyles!!

    • Natalia July 3, 2014 at 8:59 am #

      I know! Specially in the summer we need a break from the heat on our hair. These are good alternatives!

  3. Shani June 29, 2014 at 1:45 am #

    You are so pretty! And braids really suit you:)
    I will definitely be trying some of these:)

    • Natalia July 3, 2014 at 8:59 am #

      I’m glad you like them, thank you!

  4. Arielle June 30, 2014 at 10:50 am #

    I absolutely love the hair color you’re rocking in those pictures. Mine is (dyed) very similar, but the red isn’t quite as rich as I’d like it to be. Do you use a particular box dye or do you get it done professionally?

    • Natalia July 3, 2014 at 9:04 am #

      I do it myself actually and this color is from Madison Reed. Here’s the post about it and how I used it:
      I love the color and the product and I’ve already had a reader use it and write me to tell me how much they love it!! It’s worth a try and a lot cheaper than the salon!

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