Know your braids: All the different types of braids you need to know

Consider this your braid bible! 

When it comes to hairstyles, braids are the star. Some of the prettiest, dreamiest styles, from the simplest half-up half-downs to the most complex updos, feature gorgeous plaits that evoke an irresistible charm. They easily add a romantic vibe to any look, making them a popular hair option for dates and proms and weddings, and all those other fancy events. But the best thing is, there’s like a hundred ways you can wear them. Not only are there many different kinds of braids, there’s also countless braid combinations you can try. You just need a bit of creativity and yeah, probably lots of bobby pins, too.

We’re telling you, braiding is an art and it’s an art worth mastering. But first, you need to know the basics. We put together a list of the most popular braids which you can put together to create a look that’s 100% you. Learn how to do each one and when you’re ready, you can start combining two or more types into one single hairstyle!

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  1. Three-strand braid
  2. French braid
  3. Dutch braid
  4. Fishtail braid
  5. Waterfall braid
  6. Rope braid

1.Three-strand braid

Start with the most basic, the regular three-strand braid.

If you want to be a master braider, you gotta start somewhere, and the simple and classic three-strand braid is a good place to begin. In case you don’t know how, and you somehow just end up with a big, tangled mess everytime you’d try to weave your strands, here’s how you do it: take a section of hair you want to braid and divide it into three equal parts, then repeat after us: right over the middle, left over the new middle. Repeat. Continue doing this until you reach the ends.

Editor’s tip: To get more control of your hair and make braiding easier, use TONI&GUY Sea Salt Texturising Spray. This would add grip to your hair so it’s easier to weave into a braid and doesn’t keep coming undone.

2.French braid

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The classic French braid.

The French braid is the next most common type of braid, and while it is a bit more complex than the regular kind, it’s not that very difficult to learn, even for rookies. It involves continuous adding of strands of hair to a three-strand braid. If you need visuals, you can watch our French braid tutorial and perfect your braiding skills.

3.Dutch braid

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Dutch braid is like the French braid, only you cross over sections under instead of over each other.

Dutch braid is the show-off sister of the French braid. Instead of blending in, it stands out, protruding from your head. It’s basically how you do the French braid but instead of passing the hair over each strand, you pass it under.

4.Fishtail braid

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With the fishtail braid, you work with two sections instead of three.

Moving on to the more intricate, we have the fishtail braid. The first three braids begin with three sections of hair, but this one only needs two. So after separating your hair into two sections, take one strand from underneath one of the sections and pass it over to the other. Do the same thing with the other section and repeat until you reach the ends.

5. Waterfall braid

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The waterfall braid if you’re going for something pretty and feminine. Credit: Raquel Brust

We love the waterfall braid. Its cascading waterfall effect is just pretty and feminine and definitely a scene-stealer! If you’ve mastered the French braid, you shouldn’t have too much of a problem learning how to do this style. Create a center part and take three strands of hair near your hairline and start French braiding, but drop the middle strand down so it blends with the rest of the hair, creating a waterfall effect. Pick up a piece about the same size to be your new top section. Cross it over to the middle to continue braiding, repeating the steps all the way around your head. Secure with a bobby pin.

6. Rope braid

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If there’s a braid easier than the three-strand braid, it’s the rope braid. Credit:

This one’s pretty easy. First, tie your hair into a ponytail and create two sections out of the tail. Twist each one in the same direction, then, cross the two sections over each other and secure the ends with a hair tie. Couldn’t get any easier than that!

Editor’s tip: Keep your rope braid hairstyle sleek and sexy by applying TONI&GUY High Shine Serum Drops just before you start styling. This would put stray strands back in place and help get rid of flyaways. Set with TRESemmé Freeze Hold Hairspray to make sure your braid doesn’t come off.


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