Braids Inspo: The Most Beautiful Braid Hairstyles Out There

The 5 Hottest Braid Trends of the Summer

Braids are among the most common protective hairstyles available and we totally understand why. They not only shield your hair from damage, but give you a nearly endless possibility when it comes to styling. The great thing about braids is that it doesn’t matter how long your natural hair is. You can opt for classic cornrows, or get hair extensions and rock top braid hairstyles. For those that want to take their look to the next level, there are colorful braids and ombre braids. Finally, you can also get accessories woven into your strands, like beads or a gold string, just in case you’re feeling extra fancy. We know, there are so many options available that you might have just gotten a bit confused, but no worries, we come bearing the hottest braid hairstyles this season.

Box Braids with Loose Ends

Business up top, party on the bottom? This is the perfect combination of two vibes. Sophistication and simplicity carry the look, while the loose ends keep things casual.

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Loose and wavy ends are perfect for nailing that summer look. Image source: Pinterest

Braided Bun

The braided bun saves us when time is limited, but we know we still need to look put together. Button it up or mess it up, either way it’s off your shoulders and over your head (ha!). Vouch for this look that opens your face and leaves plenty of room for statement earrings.

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Eva Marcille carries a fierce look with this braid trend. Image source: Huff Post

Knot Pony

Who said ponytails are for the lazy? Knot this hairstyle. Make a statement with this knotted pony. If you’re feeling wild, add in some color for dimension. The thick and voluminous braid trend makes for an eye catching look.

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Amandla Stenburg doesn’t hold back when it comes to spicing up a braid trend with some color. Image source: Getty images

Fulani Braids

Fulani braids are an open invitation to really get creative. By incorporating beads and patterns, you’re moving your look to a whole new level. Play with bead placement, size, and color to match your outfit, occasion or simply just because. Think of this braid trend as your work of art and watch the compliments roll in.

influencer with stylish makeup and aesthetic sporting red Fulani braids
The patterns and beads of Fulani braids make them almost mesmerizing to look at. Image source:

The Braid Crown Rules All

Time to name the real queen! The braid crown is one of those trendy but also functional looks, especially for summer. Keep your hair off your neck to battle the heat, and look fierce with either thick braids or microbraids, both make a fab crown.

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Amandla Stenberg is back with more braid-spiration, rocking the crown braid trend.
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Long braids

If your natural hair allows you to get long, thick braids, great! In case your hair is short, you can always go for extensions!

Braid ponytail

A braid ponytail can always add a fun and flirty element to your look.

Men’s braids

Let’s not forget the gents who also rock out this amazing hairstyle.

Short braids

Some like to keep their hair classic and simple, we get that!

Color braids

Add a splash of color to your hairstyle!

Braids with beads and accessories

Because who said hair accessories end on headbands or hats?!

Braids are an extremely versatile style that are meant to be experimented with. This summer, try something new, something that you may be hesitant about but always love when you see others’ sporting it. We’re deeming this the summer of hair exploration! What braid trend will you try next?

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