In the hairstyle department, braids are king. Whether you’re a fan of the French braid or dig braided buns, pretty plaits hold a place of prestige in every girl’s date-night, workweek and off-duty lineups. So why all the fuss? Not only do they keep hair on lock, but they have a way of instantly taking your look from everyday to OMG-worthy in seconds, no matter if you choose romantic mermaid, edgy cornrow-inspired or boho crown braids. That said, it’s easy to get stuck in a rut. With so many Pinterest perfect, head-scratchingly intricate braids out there, it’s easy to feel intimated and turn to the same three-stander again and again. But trust us — they’re a lot easier than you think. From braids inside braids to faux hawks and cool Celtic knots, we’ve hunted down 100 OMG-worthy braids that will up the ante on your hair game (and second-day hair), stat.
1. Mermaid Tail Braid:
As if the introduction of the unicorn emoji wasn’t game-changing enough, then we stumbled across this mermaid braid. Channel your inner Ariel every day of the week by whipping out this surprisingly easy ‘do. Take it to the next level by weaving in flowers, ribbons or cool clips.
2. Layered Fishtail Braid:
One word: Wow. Whether you’re tying the knot in the near future or standing by your bestie as she says her “I do’s,” THIS is the hairstyle you need in your arsenal. It’s the definition of dreamy.
3. Easy Side Braid:
Here’s an easy way to make your braid stand out when you have naturally curly hair: Plait up an extreme side part. The final look is a polished and chic way to keep your hair out of your face.
4. Dutch Ponytail:
Bye-bye, boring ponytail. A side dutch braid and lots of teasing will redefine this effortless style in a totally rad way. Pull this one out for running errands, rock shows or a night of gossiping with the girls.
5. Single Skinny Boho Braid:
This two-second style feels like a shortcut to summer, with its free-wheelin’ vibes and fuss-free feel. Add one to your workweek hair routine for the perfect balance of down-to-business and laid-back appeal.
6. Short Crown Braid:
Who says long-haired ladies get to have all the fun? Even if you’re sporting a bob, you can totally pull off a killer pair of braids. Get the boho vibes going by teaming your crown with beach waves, or keep locks sleek for a more contemporary look.
7. Beanie Twist:
Make cool twists even cooler with the addition of a beanie. Switch up the laid-back vibe for spring with a flat-brimmed hat that will pull together any look, from a flannel and jeans to a breezy day dress.
8. Braids All Around:
Four times the braids, four times the style. This next-level ponytail will make your date-night outfit. Texturize your ponytail for a beach-ready feel, or stick with straight hair for a pretty, polished look.
9. Double Sideswept French Braids:
This intricate doubled-up style has scene-stealer written all over it. Skip the updo, and make this your go-to wedding season ‘do. Partner with a flowy frock and punchy pink lipstick.
10. Rebel Ballerina Braid:
Three different braids, one killer hairstyle. Two side cornrows add an element of tough-girl edge, while a layered twist reads retro chic. Red hot lips and a playful polkadot frock are so in order.
11. Short Fishtail Faux Hawk:
An edgy faux hawk has the same effect on your style as a sleek leather jacket, injecting a femme fatale feel in seconds. Consider it the perfect finishing touch for your next #OOTD.
12. Half-Up Triple Braids:
What happens when you pair a fishtail with two small side braids? Something seriously stunning. The polished, anything-but-prissy ‘do is one you’ll want to take along on all your weekend adventures — it fits right in with a warm cup of tea and your favorite read.
13. Flat Twist:
Rock a sleek updo without hiding your natural curls — and stick a playful braid in there for good measure. With the faux-bangs feel, you’re literally giving yourself a completely new hairdo without any commitment.
14. Textured French Twist:
Party dresses and swanky soirees deserve an updo that’s equally as glam, and this twisted style definitely delivers. Intricate twists offer a fresh take on a classic braid and work for short- and medium-length hair alike. The pulled-back ‘do is begging for a pair of glitzy drop earrings, so go ahead and indulge your inner diva.
15. Braided Headband and Voluminous Updo:
Instead of hiding your bangs, put them front row center with a pretty braided headband and a va-va-voom updo. If you’re looking to blow your date-night look out of the water, this is it.
16. Mixed Fishtail Braids:
Sisters Mia and Linda know what’s up when it comes to braids, and this fusion fishtail is proof. A half-up fishtail with pulled sections that add volume to the final look is overlaid with two halo fishtail braids woven into one. Whip this one out when you’re ready to turn some heads.
17. Double Braid:
Talk about a double-duty ‘do this two-phase braid makes the transition from the office to the studio an effortless exercise.
18. Braided Feather Wrap:
We’ve got your festival hair covered with this colorful coiffure. Simply weave a vibrant wrap (bonus points for feathers and beads!) through a side braid for a standout effect.
19. Double Dutch Braids:
Rainbow-colored locks are pretty statement-making on their own, but throw a pair of exaggerated Dutch braids into the mix and BAM — you have a knock-’em-dead everyday ‘do. Emphasize your braids for maximum effect with a touch of styling powder.
20. Celtic Knot Braid:
Meet the perfect St. Patty’s day hairstyle — a cute Celtic knot and flowing textured waves that offer a whole new way to show some Irish pride. Once March 17 has come and gone, look to this style to amp up your half-up hair game.
21. Five-Minute Side Braid:
Have five minutes? Do this ‘do! The modern side braid and exaggerated part has desk-to-dinner dressing in the bag, and channels some of that Cara Delevigne rocker-girl edge we just can’t get enough of.
22. Box Braid Updo:
Braids for days. If you have a killer set of box braids, take them to the next level by styling them into an asymmetric updo. Your GNO and office ensembles are about to get a whole lot more interesting. Dramatic berry lipstick is a must.
23. Braided Chignon:
This ‘do is proof that simple = stunning, which means amazing things for your lazy-girl style. Four simple braids and a quick twist bring it all together — no time-consuming tricks or tired arms here — instantly elevating everything from athleisure separates to bohemian maxi dresses.
24. Corset Braid:
Forget the Kardashian waist-training corset craze — here’s a corset that you’ll actually want to wear. The criss-cross detail brings a simple half-up style into attention-grabbing territory in seconds. Pencil it in for your next #OOTD, and watch as those double taps go through the roof.
25. Lazy Girl Rope Braid:
A spritz of dry shampoo and a quick shake is your signature off-duty move, but sometimes even lazy girls need a little extra oomph. That’s where the rope braid comes into play. Two braids effortlessly combine into one to give your I-wanna-stay-in-bed getup an edgy polished touch.