Braids are one of the most popular hairstyles because they are easy to do and a great way to get your hair off of your face. They are also incredibly versatile, being great for everything from casual occasions to formal events depending on which braid hairstyles you go with and what hair accessories you add. If you have mastered the basic plait, it’s time to learn some basic variations that you can do to let your hair braiding spice up your normal hairstyles. Here are some of the simplest options that are easy to get the hang of. As with all braids, remember that if your hair is especially thick, frizzy, wavy or curly it’s better to these with damp locks, at least until you get the hang of it.
Braided Top Knot
One of the simplest ways you can use your basic plait in new braid hairstyles is to make a braided top knot which is simply a braided bun that sits high on your head. It’s easy and will only take a few minutes to complete.
- Start by putting your hair up into a pony-tail (for this hairstyle higher is better, but you can do a lower braided bun if you prefer).
- Braid the pony-tail being sure to go all the way to the end.
- Wrap the plait around your hair band to create a bun and pin it in place with bobby pins.
Simple, right? If you want to add a bit of flair to this hair braiding, try taking two small sections of hair (one on each side of your head) and braiding them before making the pony-tail. This way you will have a plait going up each side of your head as well as in the bun.
Bun With A Braid Wrap
If you love buns, another great braid hairstyle that is easy to do is a bun with a braid wrapped around it.
- Start by making a pony-tail wherever you want your bun to (this hairstyle looks best up high).
- Pull a small section of your pony-tail to the side and twist the rest into a bun, pinning it in place with bobby pins.
- Plait the small strand you set aside.
- Wrap the hair braiding around the base of the bun (over the hair band) and pin it in place.
That’s it for this simple and elegant alternative to a normal bun.
Bun With French Braid
Another option for those who love hair braiding styles that make a bun is this bun with a French braid. Here you have two options; the first one is:
- Start a French braid at the top of your head and work down the back.
- End the plait at the base of your head and twist the remaining hair into a bun (or you can complete it and make it a braided bun).
The second option will stand out a bit more:
- Part your hair normally.
- On one side of your head, take a bit of your hair starting at the part and right next to your face that is about three inches wide.
- Make this section into a French braid that frames your face.
- Stop when it reaches the base of your head and twist all of your hair into a bun, securing with bobby pins.
Pony-tail With French Braid
This is one of the easy braid hairstyles that resembles the previous one. When you complete this look, you will end up with a side French braid leading into a pony-tail, but this one looks a little messier than the bun.
- Start by parting your hair normally.
- Section of a thin part of your hair on the side you want your plait on. This section should only be around an inch or so in width and will be a barrier between your face and the French braid so the braid isn’t the first thing people notice. If you prefer the plait to start in the front, skip this step.
- Trace a line that sections off the hair that you will use in the French braid. This hair should start to curve down as it goes towards the back of your head. (This is important so the unbraided hair will hide the side edges of the French braid). Clip the hair you won’t be using off to the side.
- French braid the part of your hair that is not clipped back. Continue down to the end of the hair, securing it with a clear hair elastic.
- If you want some height in your pony-tail, tease the large section of hair at your crown.
- Pull your hair (including the plait and the loose strands) into a side pony-tail.
- If necessary, gently pull out some of the hair that is loose in the pony-tail to cover the part of the braid.
- Remove the elastic at the end of the braid.
Now you have a unique messy pony-tail!
Side Braid Over Straight Hair
For those who prefer to wear their hair down but like braid hairstyles, this is a great option as it will easily combine both.
- Part your hair normally.
- Take a small section on the side you will want to start and do a French braid for an inch or two (this will secure the plait in place and prevent it from moving).
- Continue braiding with a normal braid down to the ends.
You will end up with your normal everyday hairdo with a lovely braid in the front of one side.
There are many variations of crown braid hairstyles but this is one of the simpler ones as you don’t want it to look perfect. This does take a bit of practice, but some mess gives it character. One thing to keep in mind, however, is that you need to have long hair to do this hair braiding up-do.
- Start by making an extreme part on your head (depending on which side you will be more comfortable starting your plait on).
- Take a small section of hair right at the part and start a French braid
- Continue your French braid working all the way around your head. Remember that because this will be framing your face, you are only going to add hair from the inside.
- Don’t worry if you have problems working around the bottom of your head and back up the other side with the French braid; it simply gives it more character.
- After you run out of hair, continue a normal braid, trying to follow the line of your head.
- Wrap the end of the plait around your head and pin it into the French braid.
Enjoy your casual yet elegant look.