Fun fact: braids date back to pre- Ancient Egypt (African cornrows are actually the first recorded braided styles), and used to be a way to indicate a person’s social status. Isn’t it funny to think a hairstyle that’s thousands of years old is still so relevant.
From a classic three-strand plait to a cool fishtail braid, or a chic French plait to a romantic waterfall braid – via inverted styles, box braids, and more – the options really are endless. And we’ll show you how to do them all – plus the best ways to style them right now.
Watch our video tutorials and follow our step-by-step guides to mastering the best braiding techniques. Never quite got to grips with how to do a French braid? Wondering what a waterfall braid is? Don’t know the difference between a Dutch braid and a reverse French braid (hint: they’re the same thing!)? Think an inverted fishtail is impossible? We’re here to solve your plait problems and give you a guiding hand, because believe it or not, even the most complex braids are surprisingly simple once you know how.
And if you’re looking for inspiration, we’ve covered that too: from runway-to-real-life braid trends, neat tricks on refreshing fail-safe styles, or easy ways to wear your braided hairstyle (hello, box braids!), you’ll never be short of ideas.