9 effortless easy braids for long hair that will make your mornings a dream

Amra | 04 September 2017

Think simple braids for long hair don’t exist? Here are 9 easy braided hairstyles for long hair that’ll convince you otherwise!


Keep waking up with zero time to style your long hair? Fed up of bedhead hair days and want to shake things up in a fun playful way? Then you definitely need to try out one of these stylish, time-saving easy braids for long hair, below.

While you might think braids take forever to create, the easy braided hairstyles for long hair we’ve found are perfect for plaiting rookies and guaranteed to elevate your mane game. So, the only question is: which beautiful braid will you rock tomorrow?

9 seriously easy braids for long hair that’ll make you feel put together


easy braids for long hair: hailey baldwin with braided ponytail on the amfar gala red carpet
Boring hair? Where? Credit: Rex by Shutterstock

1. Braided ponytail

When it comes to easy braids for long hair, you really can’t go wrong with rocking a braided ponytail, like Hailey Baldwin has done, here.

This sultry low style keeps frizz and sweat at bay, while still looking discreetly polished. After all, with a full work day ahead, you’re going to need a hairstyle that does triple duty — and this look does just that!

Elizabeth Olsen with loose long side braid hairstyle
Side ponytail + braid = a match made in boho hair heaven! Credit: Rex by Shutterstock

2. Loose side braid

Everyone needs a quick, messy braided hairstyle in their mane dairies, right? If you’re yet to fill your pages with one, take a look at this textured, loose side braid we spotted on Elizabeth Olsen!

To get the look, all you need to do is a create a side ponytail and weave it into a regular 3-strand braid into it. Yep that really is it. And guess what? It works best with bedhead hair (hooray!).

TONI&GUY Root Lift Sculpting Powder

Editor’s tip: If your locks tend to fall on the finer side, pump up your braided hairstyle with the TONI&GUY Root Lift Sculpting Powder!

Simply dust it over your braid after you’ve weaved it, then pancake it (AKA gently pulling apart each section of the braid) and prepare to be amazed by its thicker appearance.

easy braids for long hair: eleanor tomlinson with side fishtail braid on the virgin tv bafta awards red carpet, wearing floral dress
There’s nothing fishy about this gorgeous braid! Credit: Rex by Shutterstock

3.  Fancy fishtail side braid

When you get bored of rocking a standard side braid, you can easily spice up your life and your hair by trying out a fancy fishtail braid, instead. Just look at how Eleanor Tomlinson rocks it and then you’ll be as smitten as we are.

Psst: Want to know how to fishtail plait like a pro? Here’s how you can create a pretty fishtail braid at home.

simple braids for long hair: katy perry with rope twisted braid hairstyle
Everybody do the twist! Credit: Rex by Shutterstock

4. Rope twist braid

Still finding it hard to braid? No problem, just do the twist by creating a rope braid! With a braid this unique, you’ll be out of the front door in no time. Thanks for the #hairinspo, Katy Perry!

TRESemmé Keratin Smooth Shine Oil

Editor’s tip: Before you split your ponytail into 2 sections to create your twist, apply a few drops of the TRESemmé Keratin Smooth Beautifying Oil to your mane. This will make your locks shimmer and keep frizz and flyaways in check.

shot of nicky hilton on the red carpet with a long and simple half up braided hairstyle, smiling and wearing a summer dress
Aren’t braided half-up hairstyles utterly romantic? Credit: Rex by Shutterstock

5. Half-up, half-down braid

Got a wedding to attend? On the hunt for elegant, easy braids for long hair to do yourself? Just take a peek at the picture above!

This gorgeous hairstyle that Nicky Hilton rocked to a red carpet event brings together beachy tresses and a simple half-up braid, for an ultra-romantic effect. Oh la la!

close up shot of Hayley Hasselhoff with braided top knot hairstyle
This braided top knot is completely top notch! Credit: Rex by Shutterstock

6. Braided top knot

This braided top knot style (a la Haley Hasselhoff) is perfectly on trend with its sporty-chic vibes. However, if you want to make it exude high-fashion vibes instead, just wrap some ribbon around it! You’ll have everyone thinking you just stepped off the runway.

See? Simple braids for long hair don’t have to be boring, especially with a stunning array of hair accessories around.

easy braids for long hair to do yourself: close up shot of jennifer lawrence with milkmaid braid
Juilet, is that you? Credit: Rex by Shutterstock

7. Milkmaid braid

When it comes to braids for long hair, easy and elegant should be top criteria. And with the milkmaid braid you’ll have both in a pinch! Why? Its pretty, practical, Jennifer Lawerence-approved and ready to make you have a good hair day, that’s why.

But before you get jelly, just check out our milkmaid tutorial to learn how to get the look at home.

easy braids for long hair: back shot of model with long boxer braid hairstyle
This trend isn’t going anywhere! Credit: Rex by Shutterstock

8. Boxer braids

If you ask us, Emily Ratajkowski is living proof that boxer braids make the perfect festival hairstyle, as well as a practical and stylish workout ‘do.

So, if you’re looking for easy braids for long hair to do yourself, that will also show off your Rapunzel locks, this look is destined for you. #Slay!

easy braided hairstyles for long hair: Jennifer Morrison with braided fringe hairstyle and long waves
Sharpen up a messy fringe with a simple braid for ultra-stylish results! Credit: Rex by Shutterstock

9. Braided fringe

Happen to be an exclusive member of bangs crew? Searching for stylish braids for long hair? Easy French braids are out there and being rocked by the lovely Jennifer Morrison.

This look holds up beautifully and will see you through from desk to dusk in style! Now you can’t argue with that, can you?


If you’re looking for more easy braided hairstyles for long hair, get on over to our Braids page pronto, to discover the latest trends and styling tips from our lovely editors.


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