22 easy braids for long hair that you can totally DIY at home

Think easy braids for long hair don't exist? Here are 22 simple braids 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.

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. Braided ponytail

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

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!

2. Scarf braid

Easy braids for long hair: Photo of a blonde woman with a side braid with a yellow ribbon detail, wearing a green cami top
Hair scarves are a big trend this season. Credit: Verity Jane Smith

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.

3. Loose side braid

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

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!).

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.

4. French braid

Easy braids for long hair: Back view of a blonde woman with a French braid hairstyle, wearing a stripy breton top
Try a French braid to keep your long strands swept back and under control. Credit: Dvora

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.

5. Dutch braid

Easy braids for long hair: Back view of a brunette with long hair in a Dutch braid hairstyle, wearing a sports bra and pink gym top against a blue background
Dutch braids – AKA inside out braids. Credit: Verity Jane Smith

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.

6. Braided chignon

Easy braids for long hair: Back view of a blonde woman with a low twisted chignon, wearing a pink sequin dress
This wedding-worthy hairstyle will trick everyone into thinking you’re a hair pro. Credit: Verity Jane Smith

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

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

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

Easy braids for long hair: Back view of a woman with brunette ombre long wavy hair in a half-up braided hairstyle
With intricate braids and soft waves, this look is one of our favourites. Credit: Dvora

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

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

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

Easy braids for long hair: Blonde woman with her hair in a crown braid, wearing a sequin top
This look will be your crowning glory. Credit: Verity Jane Smith

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

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

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

Easy braids for long hair: Brunette runway model with long straight hair in a unicorn braid hairstyle, wearing a high neck blue patterned dress
Try this unicorn braid for a fun festival or party look. Credit: indigitalimages.com

Braids are a lifesaver if you’ve woken up with greasy hair and no time to wash it, especially styles like this unicorn braid which will distract from oily roots.

13. Braided top knot

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

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

Easy braids for long hair: Street style shot of a woman with light blonde straight long hair with a single accent braid, wearing a green sweatshirt
Give a basic hair down look a touch of detail with an accent braid. Credit: Dvora

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

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

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

Easy braids for long hair: Model with dark brunette hair in a slicked back high fishtail bun, wearing a stripy top and red tartan dress
Give a basic braided bun a stylish update. Credit: Verity Jane Smith

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

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

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!

18. French braid updo

Easy braids for long hair: Side profile of a woman with ash blonde hair in a braided bun, wearing a black roll neck top
With a little practice this braided bun will become your new go-to. Credit: Verity Jane Smith

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

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

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

Easy braids for long hair: Blonde runway model with long straight hair with skinny accent braids, wearing a black mesh top
Try adding a few small braids to your flowing locks for a grungy look. Credit: indigitalimages.com

Nod to the latest ’90s hair trends with hidden braids peeking through your layers. Wear with poker straight strands for a true ’90s supermodel look that even Kate and Naomi would be jealous of.

21. Braided bangs

Easy braids for long hair: Brunette woman with braided bangs, wearing a pink and burgundy striped jumper
No time to do your hair? This look takes just seconds to do. Credit: Verity Jane Smith

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

Easy braids for long hair: Side profile of a woman with long dark honey blonde hair in a bubble ponytail hairstyle, wearing a blue floral top
Blake Lively and Kendall Jenner are both fans of the bubble ponytail. Credit: Verity Jane Smith

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.