Cute Braided Hairstyles to Rock This Summer, From Easy Fishtail Braids to Simple Plaited Bangs

From fishtails to milkmaid braids, these braided hairstyles are as easy as they are adorable

Braided Bangs

How to Braid Pretty Braided Hairstyles Braided Bangs

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Super fun and incredibly easy, braided bangs like Busy Philipps’ not only look adorable, they prevent a sticky summer fringe. To DIY, loosely plait front strands following this French-braid how-to, and then give them a soft tuck behind your ear, setting with a bobby pin.

Braided Headband

How to Braid Pretty Braided Hairstyles Braided Headband

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Taylor Swift modernizes her braided crown with a blunt, high-shine fringe. Give hair a break from heat styling and smooth just your bangs with a dryer and round brush. Then braid two pigtails with remaining damp strands, draping them to meet at your center part and securing with two crisscrossing bobby pins. For more DIY hair secrets from celebrity stylist Ted Gibson, watch this video.

Ribbon Fishtail Braid

How to Braid Pretty Braided Hairstyles Ribbon Fishtail Braid

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Bella Thorne dresses-up a fishtail braid with interwoven blue and green ribbons. First, tie the end of each ribbon onto a single clear elastic hair band. Next, gather hair into a ponytail and secure with the elastic, allowing the ribbons to trail at the back. Follow this DIY diagram to fishtail braid, intertwining the fabric while alternating thin sections of hair. Trim the ends of the fabric to meet the length of your braid and finish with another clear elastic.

Halo Braid

How to Braid Pretty Braided Hairstyles Halo Braided Updo

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This halo braid on Keke Palmer is more angelic than Heidi, thanks to soft bangs and some loose, face-framing strands. Create two braided pigtails and tuck the braids under one another atop your part. Secure in place with crisscrossing bobby pins.

Genie Ponytail Braid

How to Braid Pretty Braided Hairstyles Genie Ponytail Braid

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Textured volume and height set Selena Gomez’s braid above the rest. Treat roots with a volumizing spray then tease with a comb. Pull stands back into a high ponytail and secure with bungee elastic. Braid through the length, loosening up some strands to mimic this same messy finish.

Cornrows on the Side

How to Braid Pretty Braided Hairstyles Cornrows on the Side

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Three cornrow braids paired with streaming textured waves on Carmen Electra are equal parts sexy and practical. Spritz hair with salt spray and twist strands to create loose waves. Braid three small sections rows on one side, just above your ear and tight to your scalp. Sweep non-braided hair over to the opposite side. 

Looped Braids

How to Braid Pretty Braided Hairstyles Looped Braids

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Diane Kruger’s braided updo looks polished on even the stickiest of summer days. Treat hair from mid-length to ends with a frizz-fighting shine serum, then create two pigtail braids, looping each over your crown to meet at your part. Secure on top with two crisscrossing bobby pins.

Braided Bun

How to Braid Pretty Braided Hairstyles Braided Bun

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Amanda Seyfried’s slicked-back braided chignon is a sturdy, low-maintenance style fit for high heat. Mist strands first with hair spray and comb through. Pull hair back into a high ponytail and tie with a bungee elastic. Braid the tail and wrap the length around to meet at the nape of your neck, securing with a few hair pins.

Undone Side Braid

How to Braid Pretty Braided Hairstyles Undone Side Braid

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Songstress Eve opts for an effortless, stay-in-place side braid that's ideal for sunny days. To get the look, gather hair into a side ponytail. Braid through the length and secure. Trick of the trade: Use a bobby pin to pull out and loosen up some strands from the braid to soften the look.

Multi-Braid Updo

How to Braid Pretty Braided Hairstyles Multi-braid Updo

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January Jones’ sophisticated, multi-layered braids look complex but are easy to duplicate — try on damp strands when it’s too warm to blow dry. Loosely braid two front sections and wrap them around the crown of your head to meet in the back. Secure with bobby pins so that your hair is half-up. Create a few mini braids with remaining hair, twisting them up to meet the other section and pin in place.

Herringbone Braid

How to Braid Pretty Braided Hairstyles Herringbone Braid

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Hit the beach then play-up your salt and wind-kissed texture with a tousled braid inspired by Kristen Stewart. At home, get the look by spraying dry shampoo from roots to ends, then twisting and separating strands with your fingers to create texture. Pull hair to rest over your shoulder and braid, securing with a clear elastic. Check out this 1-minute video for an easy how-to.

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