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15 Summer Ready Colored Braid Hairstyles

Behold, a palette of braided styles you'll love.

Incorporating bright and bold colors into your style is one of the trendiest hair changes you can make when looking for a little bit of a pick-me-up in the hair department. Add braids into the mix and we’re pretty much sold. With so many hues and braided hair variations, there’s a seemingly endless number of colored braids to fall in love with.

Read on to be inspired by our top favorite colorful braids styles:

1. Honey-Colored Box Braids

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Love the box braids, even better with space buns.

If you’re looking for a colorful protective style, try out box braid extensions. You can choose any color under the sun, but we’re particularly fond of this honey shade. It’s a beautiful color that really warms up your skin tone, especially in the colder months.

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2. High Contrast French Braid

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The swooping french braid you need.

Show off your high contrast look with a twisted braid. To get this swooping braid, you’ll need to follow your hairline and braid down around the edges instead of braiding straight backwards. When you’re done with a complicated braid like this, be sure to set it with hairspray to lock the look in place. We highly recommend Dove Style+Care Extra Hold Hairspray to make sure your braid won’t fall apart throughout the day.

3. Platinum Blonde Unicorn Braid

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The mini braided part.

Unicorn braids are one of our favorite braided styles. There are several different ways you can style them, too. We like this version that is like a unicorn braided center part. You could always try a unicorn braided ponytail, too!

4. Pink Ombre Braids

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Pink is always a good idea. Photo credit: Shaquille Dunbar

We love doing braided hairstyles, especially in a bright, fun color like hot pink! Did you know you can also wear braids while simultaneously nourishing your hair with hair oil? Simply add some Nexxus Clean & Pure Nourishing Detox 5-in-1 Invisible Hair Oil to your ends for an all-day moisture treatment, something colored hair (or hair that’s been treated with extensions) may need.

5. Ashy Blonde Criss-Cross Dutch Braids

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The longer your hair the cooler this braid looks.

We love the criss-cross hairstyle on rooted blondes where the braided style only serves to highlight that striking color contrast. To achieve this look, prep your hair with Bed Head by TIGI Oh Bee Hive! Dry Shampoo. It will help refresh your roots and give a little grip on slippery hair. To make these cool criss-cross braids, you’ll need to start with a center part and braid both sides of your hair down the center of your head. Then, take one braid at a time and braid across your head in the opposite direction. Secure with a hair tie and you’re good to go!

6. Pink Glitter Braids

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Prepare to use all of your glitter.

Consider this temporary hair color hack if you’re not looking for a full-color commitment just yet. By adding glitter into your braided style, you can give your color of choice a spin without doing any damage to your strands. To achieve this look, create two Dutch braids that extend all the way down to the ends of your hair, and then apply TRESemmé TRES Two Mega Firm Control Gel to the plaits. Add glitter to the gelled parts of your braid for a colorful glitter effect.

7. Platinum Braids

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This platinum braid style is incredible. Photo credit: Shaquille Dunbar

Is there anything quite as cool as platinum braids? These gorgeous colored braids make for an easy and edgy look for girls with longer hair. If you’re feeling extra adventurous, why not go for the side shave, too?

8. Lilac Upside Down Braids

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The perfect cotton candy shade of purple.

Upside down braids are a great way to make an updo work on shorter hair. But women with longer hair can totally wear this look, too. We love how this braid style is worn with slightly grown-out lilac hair, letting the dark roots look like a part of the style. Follow our hair tutorial for an upside-down braid to recreate this look.

9. Braided Headbands

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Show off that dimensional color with braided headbands.

This is one of those braided hairstyles that you do need to have longer hair for. To recreate this exact look, create two, three-strand braids starting at the nape of your neck. Then, pin the braids over your hair to create a headband style.

10. Teal Simple Three-Strand Braid

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The super-simple braid.

With a color as cool as this teal shade, who needs a complicated braid? Show off your bright green locks with a quick and easy three-strand braid. Leave out a few pieces of hair to frame your face.

11. Burgundy Braids

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Try out long burgundy braids!

Looking for a new braid color to try? We love how these burgundy braids complement darker skin and hair very well!

12. Blue Streak Braids

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Try out a streak of colored hair.

If you don’t want to commit to all-over color, try adding a pop of color with just one streak of hair. We love how the blue stands out against black hair.

13. Ombré Purple Braids

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Photo Credit: @brialleringer

Opting for an ombré color is a great way to add brighter hues to your hair without it being too bold. To dress up your braids, even more, add beads to the look too.

14. Red Ombré Braids

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Opt for an ombré hue.

Red and black strands are a fool-proof combination that looks so good together! For a look that is bold and bright, but doesn’t involve full committing to one color all over, try this red ombré style.

15. Multi-Colored French Braid

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Use a french braid to show off your multi-colored hair. Photo credit: @goff

Dying to do something totally new with your hair that’ll stand out in such a great way?! Ask your colorist for multi-colored rainbow hair. This is such a fun way to incorporate many vibrant shades into one look. Create a french braid to show off the variety of colors in your hair.

To keep your hair vibrant, use a shampoo and conditioner set like, Nexxus Color Assure Shampoo and Conditioner.

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