Just about any kind of braid can instantly notch up not just your hair game but also your chic quotient. Just look at Alia. But if you thought most braids were just too complex for you, then you couldn’t be more wrong. We give you some gorgeous braided hairstyles to try that are so easy! Some of them are ultra cute, some flirty and some look deceptively intricate - no one will know it barely took you any time!
1. The Entwined Ribbon
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Entwine a bright a bright ribbon or pretty scarf through your braid to instantly make it pop.
Step 1: Tie the ribbon around the top of any one of the three sections of your braid.
Step 2: Now just braid your hair normally; the ribbon will get entwined through it with the section it is tied to. Secure the braid at the bottom.
2. The Mermaid Braid
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This girly and oh-so-pretty braid looks very intricate and definitely like you need more than just 3 sections to make - but you don’t! Try it when you want to channel some feminine glam in a hurry.
Step 1: Brush out your hair to get rid of tangles, gather it to one side (place all your hair over one shoulder) before splitting it in two.
Step 2: Now braid each of the sections. All your should be in 2 regular plaits on one side.
Step 3: Now tie both the braids together with a hair tie at the bottom. You can pin them together down the length of your braids so that there are no gaps in between them. They should look like a single, big braid.
Step 4: Gently tug at the loops to make the braid look fuller.
3. The Heart Braid
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Okay, we’ll admit it, we were pretty awestruck by Alia’s super cute heart braid - and we’re sure you kind of were too! The best part is, it’s actually quite simple.
Step 1: Make a centre part and create 2 sections at the front by sectioning the hair between your front hairline and ear on either side of your parting.
Step 2: Instead of making a straight horizontal sectioning line from your parting to your ear, make it slightly curved on both sides.
Step 3: Now begin French braiding one section, starting at the base of the section where it meets the parting down to the side (to your ear).
Step 4: Once you reach the side of your head, pick up a section of hair and begin plaiting it normally down the length of your hair.
Step 5: Do the same on the other side.
Step 6: Now pin the 2 plaits on either side together in the middle, to form the tip of your heart.
4. The Half-Crown Braid
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Give that regular half-up half-down style a pretty twist and keep your hair off your face.
Step 1: Take a 2-inch section of hair on one side of your part and plait it down the length of your hair.
Step 2: Now take this plait across the back of your head and pin it down on the other side.
Step 3: Take a section of hair on the other side and plait it.
Step 4: Wrap it across the back of your head, just below the first plait, and pin it on the other side.
5. The Flower Bun
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Ooze elegance and girly charm with this super pretty, intricate-looking bun. You can wear it as a half-up half-down style or an updo.
Step 1: Tie your hair into a low ponytail (or half pony) and secure with a thin elastic.
Step 2: Divide the ponytail into 3 braids and secure them at the ends. Gently tug at only one side of each of the braids to make it look bigger and flatter.
Step 3: Take one of the braids on the side and pin it in a circle above the base of your ponytail. Fill in the center of the circle with the remaining 2 braids by pinning them in a circular manner. Remember to keep the flattened edges of the braids as the outer edges of the flower.
6. The Hippie Braid
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Why use a headband when you can do this with your own hair?
Step 1: Pick out a 2-inch section of hair one side of your parting. It should be about an inch after your hairline.
Step 2: Do a normal 3-section braid down the length of this section.
Step 3: Pull it across your forehead over to the other side and pin it.
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Published on Feb 25, 2016