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23 Creative Braid Tutorials That Are Deceptively Easy

Stuck in a ponytail rut? Keep calm and braid on.

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1. The Cascade Braid

2. The Tucked-In French Braid

3. The Weaved-In Carousel Braid

4. French Braid Wrapped Ponytail

Here's the non-ponytail version: The Spiral Lace Braid

5. The Headband Braid

Or you could do this disappearing headband variation.

Directions here.

6. The Sideways Mermaid

7. The Relaxed French Braid

Watch the tutorial here.

8. The Slide Up Braid

Get the full tutorial here.

9. The Bohemian Side Braid

10. The Twisted Ladder Ponytail

Get the directions here.

11. The Big, Messy, Reversed Dutch Braid

12. The Five-Strand Dutch Braid

The end result should look something like this....

13. The Ladder Ponytail

Get the directions here.

14. The Entwined Scarf

Or The Scarf-Braided Pigtails

This is pretty much perfect summer picnic hair.

15. The Three-Braid Bird's Nest

16. The Single Waterfall Braid

The best part is how it works on short hair. Directions here.

17. The Double Waterfall Braid

18. The Triple French Braid (With Bun!)

19. The Sailor's Knot Braid

1) Divide hair into four sections and number them 1–4 from the left

2) No. 1 goes over No. 2

3) No. 3 goes over No. 4

4) No. 4 over No. 1

5) Repeat

Or watch the video tutorial here.

20. The Knotted Milkmaid Braid

Get the directions here.

21. Crown Braids Redux

Making each braid a different thickness gives an idiosyncratic twist to the crown braids.

22. The Cascading Half-Up Princess Braids

23. The Zig-Zag Braid

Full tutorial here.

Bonus Challenge: The Z Braid

Once you've mastered the lace braid, this should be easy. Watch the tutorial here.

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