The best braided hairstyles to try this summer
Is there any hairstyle more intricate and stunning than braids? Whether it’s super-detailed fishtail braids, gorgeous box braids, or an iconic French braid, the possibilities are endless for creating a unique plaited look every time.
While we’ll always have a soft spot in our hearts for the classic, easy braid hairstyles, we also love learning about new braiding techniques on Instagram, like pipe braids and DNA braids. (Before you read on, may we kindly suggest you brush up on the politics of braids to ensure you’re not crossing any lines in terms of cultural appropriation.)
Great! Now that you’ve done that, check out 16 of our favorite easy braid hairstyles on Instagram right now.
We love Jourdan Dunn’s braided ponytail, complete with a few face-framing braids.
Tying off a fishtail braid with a printed scarf just screams vacation.
So cute and simple, and totally easy to DIY.
How drool-worthy is Salma Hayek’s thick, lush braid?
Did you think we’d leave out Bey’s sky-high plait?
Jewels and pastel shades make this a ponytail to remember.
Dress up a simple, messy braid with barrettes and pins.
Love this Game of Thrones-inspired look by celeb hairstylist Justine Marjan.
So sleek and perfect.
Issa Rae’s hairstylist Felicia Leatherwood explains that she did this chain link braid using four different pieces of hair.
Hollywood hairstylist Vernon Francois’s box braids x loose waves combo on Lupita Nyong’o is gorgeous.
The most flawless fishtail braid we ever did see.
Hair piercings forever.
Adding two three-strand braids to any hairstyle is such a simple but effective way to amp up your look.
May we suggest decorating all your buns with a couple of braids from now on?
A timeless option.