Elegant Braids

Braids are one of the most important hairstyles that every woman learns, mostly because they are so incredibly versatile. Once you learn how to braid, you will quickly realize that there are infinite possibilities of braid hairstyles; ranging from a simple braid to a casual look and even to fancier hairstyles. While many of the hair-dos that feature plaits can seem complicated, most are actually quite simple once you get the hang of them. Here are some ways to use plaits to create elegant hair-dos but not take a lot of time. These braid hairstyles are great for formal events or even weddings, so take note.

Waterfall Braid

If you like wearing your hair down for special events but don’t want the same boring look as always, you should consider the waterfall braid. This is an elegant braid hairstyle and just requires a bit of patience and the knowledge of how to braid and how to French plait. This hairdo is a bit tricky at first, so it is best to try it on someone else before attempting it with your own hair.

  • Part your hair where you would normally.
  • Take a small piece of hair in the front right near the part and separate it into three sections.
  • Do a French plait for a few inches (two to three) to make sure your waterfall braid won’t fall into your face.
  • Now it’s time to start the waterfall plait itself. Drop the top part of your braid (it seems weird the first time you do it, but that’s how you make this braid).
  • Take a new piece of your hair from right behind the dropped piece. (This new section will be a new bit of the French braid).
  • Repeat this process of French braiding, being sure to drop the top section and then add a new one to the braid.
  • When you get to the end, pin the braid in place with a bobby pin.

Because this plait is more challenging at first than others, here are some tips:

  • Don’t give up if you can’t get the hang of it the first time. It takes practice.
  • This is one of the braid hairstyles that works best with day old hair as the texture helps keep the plaits in place.
  • Remember, it may seem too difficult to do in your own hair so ask someone who knows how to braid to do it for you.

Waterfall Braid Up-do

If you really like the look of the waterfall plait but you don’t like the way your hair looks down (or clean hair is too slippery and day old hair is too greasy), then this is a great option for you. This is more of a casual variation of the waterfall braid although when you wear it with the right clothing and accessories it can still seem elegant. Although this creates a similar look, the actual method is a bit different.

  • Part your hair naturally.
  • Set aside a small section of hair in the front (on the side with more hair) that starts at your ear and goes forward.
  • Put the rest of your hair in a low pony-tail on the same side but instead of pulling it all the way through, only do so half way on the last pull through, making a bun.
  • Slightly back-comb the ends hanging out of the bun and use bobby pins to secure them around its base.
  • Let down your hair that you clipped in front.
  • Separate a small piece of the now loose hair and do one set of a normal plait.
  • Now create a waterfall braid by adding a new piece to the top section of your hair and releasing the bottom section, adding a new piece instead. (Similar to in the waterfall braid but releasing the bottom section instead of the top one).
  • When you run out of hair, do a normal plait.
  • Wrap your plait around the bun, securing it with bobby pins underneath.
  • Spray with hairspray and enjoy.

The great thing about this version of the waterfall braid is that because it focuses on the side of the head, it is much easier to do yourself.

French Braid Bun

Although the French plait is simple, it plays a key role in many elegant hairstyles. This one is a simple way to dress up a plain bun, making it great for any formal occasion. All you need to know to make this braid hairstyle a success is how to braid in a French plait.

  • Part your hair normally.
  • Do a side French plait starting on the side with more hair. Be sure to work down diagonally.
  • Once you run out of hair, do a normal braid and secure with a hair elastic.
  • Now twist your plait into a bun, rolling it up and in to make it look unique.

This braid hairstyle is simple enough to do on a normal day to dress up your work outfit or great if you are running late for a night out or a special event.

Wrapped Braided Bunch

This is one of the braid hairstyles that will need you to make multiple braids but despite that, it is fairly simple to do. All you have to know is how to braid and be able to fold your hair. Because you do it on the back of the head, however, it is easiest to do on someone else’s head or you will need a well-placed mirror to see what you are doing.

  • Part the hair naturally and follow the part all the way down.
  • Separate two equal sections in the front of your head (one on each side) going from the ears forward. You should now have four sections of hair.
  • Braid the two large sections in the back of your head and secure them with clear elastics.
  • Now braid the two front sections, being sure to pull them towards the back of your head as you do so.
  • Now it’s time to use a lot of bobby pins. Pull one of the small plaits to the back opposite side of your head and pin it. If there is more braid, fold it over (no longer than the distance the pinned braid traveled) and pin it in place.
  • Repeat on the other side. The two plaits should sit on the top with the leftover hair pinned in place below them.
  • Now take one of the larger braids from the back section and fold it in half. Pin it in place directly below (and slightly covering) the two smaller braids. It should at least partly cover the leftover ends from the previous plaits.
  • Repeat with the other side, pinning it directly below.

Now you have an elegant braided bunch or flat bun that looks like one long plait zigzagged down across your head.