7 Common Types of Braids and How to Do Them

aying “she wore a braid” is as about as descriptive as saying “she has hair.” The blanket term “braid” doesn’t really tell you anything—not the style, not the technique used, not even what it really looks like.

Braids are mostly all based off of the same building block, but each kind take twists and turns (no pun intended) of their own.

Between fishtails, milkmaid braids, French braids and more, there is a lot of lingo to learn. See below for the terms to know, plus corresponding pics, tutorial suggestions and helpful tips.

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A Regular Three-Strand Braid

It’s the baseline of braids.

Taking three sections of hair, alternate passing each section to either side over a center strand—think of it like juggling hair.

On a scale of one to 10, we give this guy a two. For the first time, it might make your eyes spin, but you’ll soon find that it’s the simplest way to get your hair out of your face and can be completed in less than a few minutes.

Some beginners tips? To get more control of your tresses, braid second-day hair or dampen your hair before starting the technique. You can also try a braid paste that gives hair more of a pliable texture.

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