Hair Styles for Ladies | 10 Braid styles that each woman should try

Braid styles for women - 10 styles all women should try

Hair Styles for ladies come in as lush and varied as the hair around, don’t you agree ? And, who likes wearing their hair in the same old boring ways time and again? Once you have long hair, it becomes not just monotonous but also exhausting to be wearing it down all the time. Simple answer – With different garments and on different occasions, you would sure be wanting to change into different looks as far as hairstyles are concerned, isn’t it?

Many of you would now complain of not having enough time or money to invest in changing your looks every now and then, especially the hairstyle. But who says these are the ultimate requirements of being able to create a new look every day? Read on this fun article about an array of braid styles you could create quite easily, and you’ll be surprised to know just how many styles you could work out!

1. The 3 Strand Braid

Perhaps the most basic and well-known style of hair braid styles, the three-strand braid is something we have all worn our hair in. Be it having to forcefully wear one to school, or just dressing up in one because we feel like, the three-strand braid is like a constant pal to every girl. Easy to do it yourself and easy to style into a number of cool styles just by playing around a bit, this is one hairstyle you don’t need to get tutored in.

2. The Fishtail Braid

Honestly speaking, the fishtail braid is seemingly one of the most intricate and time-consuming of braids. An ideal choice for when you want to look glamorous without having to let your hair down, the fishtail braid is what you want to go for on days you are seeking a chic, elegant look.

  • Brush and detangle your hair
  • Begin by tying your hair into a simple low ponytail.
  • Dividing the hair in the ponytail into two sections.
  • Now begins the difficult part. Take a small section of hair from the outer side of one section (begin with left for convenience), then flip it over and add it to the inner side of the other section of your ponytail.
  • Continue the same process, this time from the right section to flipping over and adding to the inner side of the left one.
  • Keep repeating the above two steps alternately.
  • Secure the ends with a hair elastic once you have reached the end, or a desirable length.
  • Let go of the elastic you had used to tie your hair into a ponytail, preferably cut it off.

3. The French Braid

The French Braid is another widely popular braid style that is very common among girls and women of all ages. It not just lends an overall elegant and chic look to the hair, it is also ideal for wearing with a number of outfits, from ethnic to western to formal. This is the reason it is such a popular hairstyle in every part of the world. Admittedly, it is a tad bit difficult to master it yourself, although several women can pull off one in no time at all. All you need to do is:

  • Brush and detangle your hair
  • Divide the section of your hair on the crown into three sub sections.
  • Start braiding these sections, adding a couple of inches from outside the braid from the second stitch onwards.
  • Use hair sections alternatively from each side to add to the braid, flipping over the middle section each time.
  • On reaching the nape of your neck, continue the braid as a simple three-strand braid, finally securing the end with an elastic.

4. The Milkmaid Braid

The milkmaid braid, inspired from vintage looks and brought back in trend by a number of stylists around the globe, is one of the few picks on this list that is incredibly easy while being so elegant at the same time.

All you need to do for a milkmaid braid is to part your hair into two, braid each individually into a three-strand braid, loosen it up for a more casual flirty look and then roll over each from one to the other side of the crown. The ends can be secured with the help of bobby pins, while leaving out either some fringes or loose hair in the front for a cute and adorable look.

5. The Waterfall Braid

The water fall braid is one of the most stunning and beautiful braid styles sported by many women these days, especially on weddings and similar lovely occasions. The process is simple, starting off with a simple three-strand braid on just one section after parting your hair onto one side. Then, one continues braiding, leaving one section and replacing it with another from outside the braid and closer to the crown (away from the temple of the ear).

You may choose to leave your hair open at the end of the braid, or you may proceed to tie all the left-over hair into a simple braid. Some women also prefer ending the hair in a soft messy bun for a very elegant yet laid back look.


6. The Dutch Braid

So, have you tried out the French braid yet? Well, the Dutch braid is nothing but the reverse of the French braid. It adds much more volume and gorgeousness to your hair and crown compared to any other braiding styles and is definitely one of the favourites among women who love making heads turn their way.

  • Begin by brushing and detangling your hair to remove any knots.
  • Take the top front section of your hair from the crown and divide it into three sections.
  • Like the French braid, start stitching these three sections into a three-strand braid. Just remember to flip the left or right sections under the middle section and not over it.
  • Now, keep adding further sections alternately from left and right and flip each onto the underside of the middle section.
  • On reaching the end or the desirable length, braid in a simple three-strand style and secure the ends with a tie.

7. The Rope-Twisted Braid

Perhaps the easiest braid style on this list and also one that will take you the least amount of time, the rope twisted braid is especially for those women who wish to flaunt their highlights or hair colour even on bad hair days. All you need is a hairbrush, two hair elastics and a couple of minutes to perfect the look.

  • Begin by detangling your hair using a simple brush.
  • Tie your hair high up in a ponytail, but not too high for comfort.
  • Divide the ponytail into two equal sections.
  • Twist the two sections first individually and then over one another in a direction of your choice. Just remember that the direction of intertwining the two together mu be opposite of the way they were twisted individually.
  • Secure the ends with a tie.

8. The Reverse Braid

There are no surprises here – the reverse braid is just how it sounds like – a unique twist to braid styles (pardon the pun). You are going to go reverse the normal way of braiding your hair – from top to bottom. Although a little quirky and a tad bit time consuming to achieve perfection, the reverse braid is definitely ideal for those who wish to make a statement with their boss crown.

  • Start off by detangling your hair with the help of a brush to get rid of any knots.
  • Bend your hair forward, flipping all the hair in front and brush again.
  • Start braiding from the nape of your neck, by picking a section of your hair and dividing it into three.
  • Use the Dutch braid method, flipping sections from either side out of the braid under the middle section.
  • Tie your hair into a ponytail on reaching the crown. You could also end it in a bun by rolling the ponytail around and securing with bobby pins.
  • Loosen the braid by tugging at it with your fingers to create a little soft and messy look.

9. The 4 Strand Braid

If you are looking for a more relaxed and fun vibe, the four-strand braid is the ideal choice for you. It might seem to be a simple three-strand braid at first to the onlooker, but soon the sudden play with asymmetry catches up and you can notice people trying to sneak a closer look at the fun hairdo.

  • Start off by brushing and detangling your hair
  • Next, divide your hair into four sections, all equal in width, and for convenience of understanding mark them as 1,2,3 and 4.
  • The braiding is not as complex as you think it would. All you need to do is flip section 1 under section 2 and over section 3.
  • Next, you take number 2 and flip it under 3 and over 4. Similarly keep repeating the process, trying to renumber the sections from 1 to 4 and repeating the same process of flipping under and over rhythmically.
  • Secure the end with a hair tie.

10. The Pull Through Braid

Pull through braids are for those women who have finer, sleeker hair, for it can be a little difficult to manage with very thick hair. Besides, this is the best among braid styles that adds so much volume to the hair that it makes for a mandatory try.

All you need to do is start off with tying a top section of your hair into a ponytail, followed by tying another ponytail from a section right below the first one. Next, you split the first ponytail in half and bring these two together again from under the second one, tying them with another elastic. What you ought to make sure is that the second ponytail is wrapped by the two sections of the first ponytail. Continue this up to the very end and secure it with a hair elastic.


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Zorain Khaleeli is the founder of Zorain's Studio & Academy in Bengaluru. She is an internationally trained makeup artist and trainer, having over 20 years of experience in the beauty industry.

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