Change is good. And if you’re looking to shake things up a bit without having to dye your hair hot pink, then we have the solution for you!
Braided hairstyles are the perfect way to cover up a bad hair day, or to go for that fun, flirty vibe. We’ve rounded up 5 of the more eye-catching yet rarely seen braids for you to give a try. In case braiding doesn’t come naturally to you (or you’d rather not spend an arm and a leg on some professional braiding service) we’ve provided instructions for achieving each of the braids you’re about to see. Don’t forget, practice makes perfect!
Source: Wendy Rose Gould from latest-hairstyles.com
#1 – Romantic Twist Braid
This super romantic, twisty braid by Anne is The City Sage blog, is guaranteed to turn heads. It’s got a really conceptual, midsummer’s night eve quality to it and we love how it takes all these unexpected twists and turns to create something so visually striking. Don’t let this style intimidate you! It definitely looks more complicated than it really is. Perfect if you have hair that sits at shoulder length or longer. If you need to get extra length, just add in extensions. (Source: Photo credit to annesage.com)
#2 – Chain Braid
This next style is brought to us courtesy of the ladies over at A Beautiful Mess. It’s clean, creative and simply gorgeous! Essentially, you section your hair and tie a knot, then rinse and repeat. They created two chain braids and secured them into a low bun, but feel free to play with the overall look to get your own unique style.
#3 – Pull Through Three-Strand Braid
This “intricate, pull through, 3-strand braid” by YouTube hair and beauty guru Bebexo may look tricky, but you’ll be surprised at how easy it is to do. It works best on medium to longer hair, but you can always add extensions before starting to add length and volume. This braid would look great with an accessory or two, as well. Try a headband or a bow at the end.
#4 – Ribbon Halo Braid
If you’re going for something a little more romantic, then the ribbon halo braid is what you need. We think it’s the perfect braid for spring (and summer), now that it’s just around the corner. The soft, pink ribbon is the perfect complementary accent to this braid. We love that this is an updo, too, as it’ll keep hair out of your face on warm days and is easy to dress up or down. (Source: OnceWed)
#5 – Layered Braid
YouTube user LuxyHair has an excellent hair tutorial featuring what she calls a “layered braid.” This is a play off of your standard fishtail braid. However, instead of being really tight and structured, it’s loose, layered and soft. The effect is quite pretty and allows for a more natural, whimsical look. The layered braid has the added bonus of flexibility: it can be worn either as a side braid, or down your back.