Parting braids: This hair trend going viral in time for summer

Say hello to the new braid on the block!  

Braided hairstyles are a plenty, from the traditional Dutch and French braids we wore in our school days, to the new and improved fishtail braids that have gained meteoric popularity. However, have you seen the latest braided look going viral? We’re talking about the new parting braid trend sweeping social media.

The freshest take on unicorn braids have been spotted on all our favourite models, bloggers and Instagrammers, proving that parting braids are big business in the hair world! And best of all, it comes just in time for all those summer events you have lined up.

So, get up to date with the trend by browsing through our hair gallery, above, or simply keep scrolling for major #hairinspiration.

Parting braids are here and we’re obsessed!

Dark blonde model with braid down her centre parting - indigitalimages
The parting raid was all the rage on the catwalk at Giamba. Credit:

Spotted on the Giamba catwalk was this hair beauty. Parting the models mane down the centre would have been a rather standard, easy-breezy style – would have been, if not for the single cornrow braid adorning the middle part.

Starting from the back of the crown and working forwards to the forehead, this quirky look gives a directional edge that every hardcore fashionista should consider!

Brown to blonde balayage wavuy hair with centre braid going backwards
We love how a simple do can be updated with a simple braid. Credit:

Tired of standard braids? Then it’s time to up the ante in your everyday look by rocking a parting braid!

Start at the front of your hairline and create a mini Dutch braid along your middle parting, until you reach the crown. Then simply secure with an elastic hairband and you’re good to go. Credit: @alionawithlove

Brown to blonde ombre long hair in high ponytail with fishtail braid down the centre.
Mix it up by swapping your braid for a fishtail plait. Credit:

When a traditional 3-strand braid just doesn’t quite cut it, you can always show off your braiding skills with this fishtail parting braid. This will look fantastic at a summer festival and will earn you some serious styling points among your friends. Credit: @tigrara

Long dirty blonde hair in side parting with single braid on the side.
Business on one side and party on the other. Credit:

What about if you don’t wear your tresses in a centre part? Not to worry, as you can still rock this look just as well in an off-centre parting! Credit: @twistedsister.braids

Editor’s tip: Keep your braid in place by spritz your style with the VO5 Ultimate Hold Hairspray. This fast-drying hairspray will help hold your braids all day long, while also protecting your strands from frizz and humidity.

Orange to blonde balayage straight bob with two cornrow braids going down the centre forward
Double up your parting braid like this Instagrammer. Credit:

Showing off her stunning hue, this Instagrammer has doubled up her look with not one but two parting braids. Double the braids, double the fun! Credit: @babydarce

Tip: Sprinkle some glitter down your parting braid will make for uber cool festival vibes.

Long blonde beach waves hair with single braid from centre down to ear
Summer is sorted with this parting braid ‘do. Credit:

Not all parting braids have to go down the centre of your hair, don’t you know? Give this alternative side parting braid a whirl for your own individual take on the trend. Credit: @lio_shtainberg


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