Don’t let their intricate appearance deter you, as the actual method is far easier than you’d think. After creating a regular braid, you simply pancake the outer layers of the braid to create a petal effect et voilà, it’s as easy as that! So, what are you waiting for? Check out 20 princess-worthy flower braids, below.
20 fairy princess flower braids we’ve fallen in love with
1. Half-up, half-down hairstyle
Half-up, half-down bun hairstyles are everywhere at the moment but if you’re looking for a way to take this casual style and make it more occasion-worthy, look no further!
With its pretty flower detailing, this gorgeous half-up ‘do is the epitome of fairy tale hair and works well on girls of all ages. Credit: @braidsbypetra
Editor’s tip: Make braiding easier with the TONI&GUY Flexible Hold Braid Balm. Suitable for use on both wet and dry hair, it gives flexible hold and gives your braids more structure to work with.
2. Topsy turvy braid
Looking for a showstopping style that people will be talking about for months to come? We’ve got just the thing. Rapunzel-inspired topsy-turvy flower braids are a true work of art and are bound to get people talking. Credit: @hairby_ari_jandy_
3. Waterfall flower braid
For a truly romantic style, why not combine your flower braids with a classic waterfall braid? Create a faux flower crown effect by making a waterfall braid that wraps around from one side of your head to the other, and finish up with a pancaked flower bun for added detail. Credit: @sweethearts_hair
4. Fishtail flower braid
Fishtail braids never fail to impress, so if you’re looking for a way to make the most of longer lengths, you won’t find a better look than this! Made up of a half-up flower bun, the remaining hair is woven into a detailed fishtail plait and pancaked for a full and fluffy effect. Credit: @n.starck
5. Flower bun pigtails
These cute-as-a-button double flower buns are the perfect festival-friendly style, wouldn’t you agree?! The best part about this style is that pigtail flower braids work just as well on short, medium and long hair, so anyone can give this look a go. Credit: @alexandralee1016
Editor’s tip: If your hair is fine, or freshly washed, braiding can be trickier but don’t worry, there’s a hack for that! Give tresses more texture with the Bed Head Rockaholic Thunder Struck Texture Salt Spray and it’ll enhance waves, bring out any layers and give you cool-girl locks.
6. Floral space buns
In case you hadn’t noticed, our love affair with space buns is stronger than ever! If they’re a bit too edgy for you, why not try a girlier floral alternative using flower braids like this Instagrammer? Credit: @missjessicaashford
7. Floral updo
All we could think about when we came across this hairstyle is how good this braided updo would look with a low back dress. Whether you’re off to a wedding or just want a cute style for afternoon tea, this hairstyle will give any outfit a glow-up. Credit: @alifetoliv
Editor’s tip: To keep your updo locked in place, don’t forget to finish up with a good spritz of hairspray. The TRESemmé Freeze Hold Hairspray, with its maximum hold and frizz control formula, is our hairspray of choice for adding hold to updos.
8. Flower braid low ponytail
Ponytails might not seem like the most occasion-worthy style but add flower braids to the mix and then we’re talking! For the finishing touch, use a curling wand on your lengths to create dreamy loose curls and ta-da – instant princess locks! Credit: @thecreativestudioathens
9. Mini flower buns
If you like wearing your hair down but want to find a way to spruce your strands up, put down the accessories and start creating these adorable mini flower braids! The equivalent of a cute hair clip, they’ll take your hair and turn it into something pretty spectacular. Credit: @luxeremi
10. Braided bangs
Growing out a fringe? Working your bangs into flower braids is an ingenious and flattering way to sweep your hair out of your face, while opening up your facial features and accentuating your natural beauty. Credit: @braidsbypetra
11. Braided undercut
12. Bubble ponytail
There’s nothing like a bubble ponytail to inject some fun into your ‘do and this bubble flower braid combo is ultra sweet. You can position the flowers between each of the bubbles, or keep them at the top and bottom of the ponytail. Credit: @lettileipuri
13. Upside-down French braid
Made up of an upside-down French braid, mini flower braided buns and curled ends, this prom-worthy updo has everything going for it. Adorned with tiny pearl accessories, it’s on-trend, too. Credit: @myhairstyle_xo
14. Sleek pony
Gorgeous and understated, this sleek pony style could easily take you from a meeting to post-work drinks. Note the addition of the white rose clip in the center of the braid? It’s #flowerception. Credit: @braid_with_me
Editor’s tip: Keep the VO5 Frizz Free Serum Wand in your bag and bring it out whenever static or flyaways strike. The mascara wand format is also great for concealing split ends, too.
15. Accent braid
Sometimes you just want a quick hairstyle that’s going to liven up your look, but this one will still make people think you’ve spent time on your hair. Credit: @annastyleshair
16. Pastel brights
Colour fans, feast your eyes on this rainbow flower braid of dreams. The best part? You don’t even need to dye your hair to get the look, hair chalks will look just as good and they’re perfect for festivals. Credit: @jxmmaa_vie
17. Loop braid
For those looking for a braid that’s anything but ordinary, enter: the loop braid. Looks difficult but it’s actually just a normal flower braid, with the outer pieces of hair pancaked to give a “looped” look (hence the name!) Credit: @abbyartistry
18. Braided headband
Anyone else fawning over this Princess Jasmine-esque headband side braid? The flowers give it that extra level of detail only a real princess could pull off. Credit: @cosmoprofbeauty
19. Side updo
20. Rosebuds and butterflies