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By Diane Small
Braids are having a huge moment in the world of hairstyling. They started out as a popular style for mainly women with African hair wigs – in fact, the earliest records of braiding come from around 5500 years ago in Africa! At the time, it was a way for women to bond, doing each other’s hair. During the Renaissance years in France, braiding was used to keep women’s hair cleaner – keep in mind, lice was rampant then, as Europeans at the time weren’t too keen on bathing for some reason. On the other side of the ocean, Aztec women used to use colourful cloth woven into their hair, then they’d wind those braids around their heads.
Braiding your hair also keeps it out of your face, which is nice on hot summer days, and the day after you take your braids out, it makes your hair so gorgeously wavy!
Here, we’ve found three different kinds of trendy braided hairdos to make you even more gorgeous this summer.
If you’re looking for a Boho braiding style that’s perfect for the lazy days of summer, a waterfall braid is the perfect solution! It’s loose and pretty and perfect for weaving flowers into.
Speaking of weaving, that’s basically what you’ll be doing with your hair to get this style. This dreamy look creates a braid that’s attached to the head like a French braid, but also features looser tendrils flowing from it.
How To Do It
Step 1: Divide the section you’re beginning with into three equal pieces, and begin braiding using a French braid technique.
Step 2: Cross the upper piece of hair (whichever is closest to your part) over the braid into the middle, then cross the lower piece over the braid into the middle.
Step 3: Now, pick up and add some hair to the upper piece of hair as you cross it into the middle, then cross the lower piece over and into the middle, adding some hair into this piece at the same time.
Step 4: Now, we’ll start the ‘waterfall’ effect by crossing over the upper piece as you’ve been doing, but this time, instead of crossing the lower piece over into the middle of the braid, drop this section of hair and pick up a new piece from directly behind it to cross over into the middle of the braid. The piece you dropped will be left trailing out of the braid, creating a ‘waterfall’ effect that begins to take shape once the braid is further along.
Step 5: Continue repeating this last stitch for as long as you’d like your braid to have a waterfall effect. It should look a bit like this pic, below.
Still confused? Check this video out, below.
2. Goddess Braids
We love, love, love this style! It’s reminiscent of the Greek Goddesses (hence the name) and sits right at the hairline, keeping the rest of your hair long and flowing. This is a super feminine and gorgeous, this is a great style for a night out.
How To Do It
You can wear this style with your own hair, or add some extensions in for more volume. It’s also a great look for the gym, as it keeps your locks off your face
Step 1: Brush hair to smooth out any knots or tangles. Part your hair where you want the braid to start. Gather the hair closest to the part near your forehead; divide into three sections.
Step 2: Cross the sections over each other, adding hair to each section as you go along. You can braid the strands closest to your forehead only, or if you want Rhianna’s look, above, start at the part and keep braiding in all the rest of your hair until you run out of hair.
Step 3: Clip any hair on the side of your head opposite to the braid that may be loose with a bobby pin. Secure the braid at the end with an elastic.
3. Fishtail Braids
How To Do It
Fishtail braids may look intimidating and difficult to pull off, but they’re surprisingly easy to do.
Step 1: Pull hair back into a ponytail. If this is your first time trying a fishtail, start by securing your hair with an elastic.
Step 2: Divide the ponytail into 2 equally sized ponytails and separate a half-inch section of hair from the outside of the left ponytail. Pull this piece across the top of the left ponytail over to the right ponytail.
Step 3: Separate a half-inch section of hair from the outside of the right ponytail. Pull this piece across the top of the right ponytail over to the left ponytail.
Step 4: Repeat until you run out of hair, then secure the ends with an elastic.
Whether you’re going for a slim, intricate braid or one that’s messy and pulled apart, you’ve got the knowledge now to create any of your favorite fishtail styles, like this one below, which is just 3 braids braided into one giant braid (you need thick hair to pull this off!).
For more great braided hairstyles, please click here.