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.
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 in the time it would usually take you to chuck your hair into a pony.
1. Dutch braid
Already nailed the French braid? This sleek Dutch braid is formed by crossing the strands underneath (rather than over) as you braid to create this 3D look that’s full of volume.
2. Braided ponytail
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!
3. Scarf braid
We’ve been seeing hair scarves all over Instagram lately and this pretty plait is one of the easiest ways to incorporate them into your look.
4. 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 bring all of your hair to one side and weave it into a regular 3-strand braid. Yep that really is it. And guess what? It works best with bedhead hair (hooray!).
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.
5. French braid
French braids are often the first type of braid people learn to do after graduating from the standard 3-strand and their versatility makes them a firm favourite of ours. You can check out our French braid video and how-to here.
Editor’s tip: If you find you struggle with braids, try prepping your hair with a texturising spray beforehand, like the TONI&GUY Sea Salt Texturising Spray. This will give your strands more grit and texture, while also providing a light hold so that it’s less likely to fall out.
6. Braided chignon
Have a special occasion in the diary but can’t think of any easy braids for long hair to do yourself? Even if you never do anything with your hair you’ll be able to whip up this romantic twisted updo.
Don’t believe us? We’ve got a full step-by-step on this look, here, to help walk you through it.
7. 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.
8. Half-up French braid
Want to try out some simple braids for long hair that let you make the most of your lovely lengths? Try a half-up half-down which lets you flaunt your Rapunzel lengths while adding detail at the top of your hair.
Stylin tip: Using a curling wand to add in some soft curls will instantly take this casual look from day to night.
9. 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!
Editor’s tip: Before you split your ponytail into 2 sections to create your twist, apply a few drops of the TRESemmé Keratin Smooth Shine Oil to your mane. This will make your locks shimmer and keep frizz and flyaways in check.
10. Crown braid
Before you write this look off as too difficult, hear us out. While total novices might need a little practice, those who are more confident with their braiding will ace this crown braid.
11. Beachy half-updo
This gorgeous hairstyle that Nicky Hilton rocked to a red carpet event brings together beachy bombshell tresses and a simple half-up braid, for an ultra-romantic effect.
12. Unicorn braid
13. 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 the stunning array of hair accessories around.
14. Accent braid
Braids don’t have to be crazily difficult to look great – a simple accent braid can completely transform your look and gives a fun, playful touch in under 30 seconds.
15. 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? It’s pretty, practical, Jennifer Lawerence-approved and ready to make you have a good hair day, that’s why.
Just check out our milkmaid tutorial to learn how to get the look at home.
16. Fishtail braided bun
Breathe fresh life into your go-to messy bun by trying this fast and fancy fishtail bun. Ideal for both casual and more formal occasions, it’s a great all-rounder.
17. Boxer braids
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!
18. French braid updo
Braided updos always look amazing and you don’t have to be a braiding whizz to get to grips with this French braided ‘do. Braid a French plait from your temples down to the nape of your neck, then twist your lengths into a low bun, keeping it messy for a lived-in look.
19. 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?
20. Hidden braids
21. Braided bangs
Simple and quick to do, braided bangs are one of the best ways to keep fringes out of your face as well as looking utterly adorable! FYI, It’s also a great style to have on hand if you’re looking to grow out your bangs.
22. Bubble ponytail
Okay, so we’re not sure if this strictly counts as a braid but we’re including this bubble ponytail anyway because it’s an A-list favourite that works just as well for a gym session as it does an evening out.