It’s fair to say that braid hairstyles in 2017 reigned supreme! And why wouldn’t they? Braids styles of 2017 have been versatile, pretty and practical, for both casual and formal events. And if you need cold hard evidence of this, you only have to look at the red carpet for proof!
So as the year draws to a close, we can’t help but look back on the best hair braids 2017 offered up! Of course we would never keep that information to ourselves, so if you want to get a little inpso for the year ahead, take a peek at some of our favourite pretty plaits that you can DIY at home, below.
2017 braid styles: The best looks you can still rock today
One look and we were totally in love with is the box braid hairstyle. It was popular with the likes of Keke Palmer and looks great in a variety of colours. Yet although this braided ‘do takes a while to achieve, it’s still one of our favourite braid hairstyles 2017 produced.
For anyone who is looking for a protective hairstyle, minus the daily styling, take note of this look. Plus, once your entire hair is braided, you’re totally free to rock as many cute hairstyles as you like – score!
Okay, this hairstyle isn’t technically a braid, but we thought we’d slip it into our best braids hairstyles 2017 round-up anyway, because it’s just so pretty! Flat twists are a close hair cousin of the beautiful French plait and Dutch braid, but only involves two strands, so it’s much easier!
Just remember to spritz your strands with a little hairspray (like the TONI&GUY Tousled Texture Creation Hairspray) before and after creating your twist, to give your hair grip and make your ‘do last longer.
It’s super boho and beautiful, and despite its complex appearance, it’s rather easy to achieve. But if you really can’t master the look, fret not, as we’ll walk you through it with our step-by-step tutorial, here!
Editor’s tip: Once you’ve created your braided hairstyle, lightly mist your mane with the TRESemmé Ultimate Hold Hairspray to help it last all day and keep those pesky flyaways at bay.
Double French plaits
We’re going to go ahead and say that shows like Vikings and Game of Thrones definitely sparked our interest in fairytale-worthy braids, and what could be better than these dreamy double French braids? One of the most loved braids styles 2017 had to offer, we say! Credit: @gelija
These gorgeous jumbo twist braids are long and flowing – and were one of the hit hair braids 2017 featured.
This protective hairstyle would keep your locks safe from the harsh winter climates, while ensuring you looking oh-so stylish, too. Credit: @tifany_tifs
Braids and glitter roots
These sweet and simple braids were taken to a whole new level by combining another of 2017’s favourite trends – glitter roots!
Throw in a space bun and you’ve got yourself a killer look right there. Braids hairstyles from 2017 don’t get much more mesmerising and festival ready than this! Credit: @cleos_hair_design_
Remember when we said that braided styles were all about romantic looks? Well, this is a prime example.
Upside down Dutch braids
If you’re looking for braids hairstyles, 2017 has been chock full of inspiration that would make a standard plait shake in it’s simplicity.
The full fishtail
The best thing about a fishtail braid, is that it looks so intricate, when – in fact – it’s super simple to recreate!
If you’re not sure where to begin, be sure to follow our tutorial! This a great look to show off highlighted hair and it sure beats a simple ponytail as your standard winter ‘do. Credit: @theparlourby
Halo braids with long waves
Braid hairstyles 2017 featured halo braids a lot and we can’t help but love this look; combining a pretty halo braid and long flowing waves. This is the most perfect style to rock for almost any occasion! Credit: @twistmepretty
Multiple Dutch braids
If ever a family got behind a hair trend, it would be the Kardashians and their love for braids. And how we admire them for it!
Long braided ponytail
There’s no stopping this one! Khloe can’t keep her hands off her hair and is always weaving in some braid or another. But when it looks this good, we don’t blame her!
Take this uber glamorous look, for example: it combines a simple ponytail and a simple braid, merging the two together to create a strikingly gorgeous style. Keep it up, Khloe! Credit: @khloekardashian
The 2017 braid hairstyles we loved most also featured a lot of colour. Hey, we can’t help but love the rainbow!
This look is so vibrant, pretty and also protective, making it one of the best ways to rock your natural locks if you want to keep them snug as a bug for winter and beyond. Credit: @pretaraujo
The mini fishtail braid
Braid hairstyles 2017 ranged from rather complicated to super simple. Spend a little time creating the perfect style and your braids will stay put for hours, while you gain maximum style points for rocking a look that’s pretty and interesting! Credit: @missysueblog
The side braid
If 2017 braid styles taught us anything, it was that the more interesting, the better – take a simple look and give it a twist, that our motto!
As you can see, this full fishtail braid has been given a glam makeover, simply by sweeping the locks to one side and then braiding. We love, love, love this look! Credit: @studiostylco
Enjoyed checking out our favourite 2017 braid styles, but want even more inspiration? Then make sure you spend some time on our Braids page. There you’ll find for even more styles and tricks, that will have you looking like an extra from Game of Thrones in no time!