45 Half Braided Hairstyles You Can Master in Minutes

Give a new meaning to high-low with these braided styles.

Half braided hairstyles are all the rage right now. Can’t decide whether to put your hair up or leave it down? Half braided hairstyles help you do away with having to choose. These versatile looks also straddle the line between boho and fierce, depending on the weave you choose to take, making it one of the more versatile hairdos we’ve come across.

Whether you’re a fan of the fishtail or a die-hard cornrow gal, you can rely on half braided hairstyles to take you from day to night without missing a beat. These fun, unusual looks work during a happy hour and can be retouched in the short span of time you have in the morning before work—meaning yeah, you can totes legit tell the haters that thanks, you so did wake up like this. That’s not all: We’ve broken down some of our fave looks into four categories that speak to braid level and aesthetic, all you have to do is scroll on down and prepare to be inspired.

1. Loose Waterfall

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Use a skinny, snippable hair tie for easier removal. Photo credit: Verity Jane Smith

Gently pull fresh hair from the top with every other chain to attain that “fall” effect. Comb through the portion of your hair outside the braid so that the finished look is smooth and cohesive.

2. Loose Dutch

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Start the stitch on majorly texturized hair.

Leave the ends free, but texturize and/or spray with hairspray (we like TRESemmé TRES Two Extra Hold Hairspray) that works to keep ends from unraveling. We like this style best on air-dried hair to allow your unique texture to shine through.

3. Side French

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Downtime at your work desk? Start braiding! Photo credit: Verity Jane Smith

Part your hair, then start a French braid at the partline downwards till the ear. Secure behind the ear with pins. This style is an instant crowd-pleaser!

4. Side French/Three-Strand, Hairline

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This neat plait is ideal for gym and athletic activities, where you need unobstructed vision.

Start with a French braid at the hairline, then switch to a loose three-strand braid after the temples for a look that’s as cute as it is snug. We love this look for a gym workout or outdoor run!

5. Side French/Three-Strand, Back

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Work at an angle (or with a mirror behind you). Photo credit: Verity Jane Smith

Extend the French stitch to your ear, then switch to a three-strand afterwards so that your hair falls behind the ear, and not in front of your face. This look is great for the workday as it keeps your strands out of your face.

6. Side French, Short

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Jazz up that crop with an easy sidewinding braid.

Even bobs and shorter crops can enjoy a French braid, as long as the hairline and front fringe strands are at least five inches in length.

7. Half-Side French

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Easy to recreate on the go!

Make medium to large chains and stop just above the ear for a barrette effect. Use your fingers to pull the braid apart for an undone finished look.

8. Braided Bun

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Tie off the initial ponytail first for more control.

Loop a three-strand braided ponytail into a bun. Hair hack: Secure your ponytail with a hair tie at the base to give you more control as you braid.

9. French Half-Ponytail

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A classic for a reason! Photo credit: Dvora

Start with a French braid at the crown, then switch to a three-strand braid about halfway down the braid. Finish off with a hair tie in the same color as your hair to ensure a fully blended style.

10. Simple Three-Strand

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A regular three-strand braid is the quickest look of all to master. Photo credit: Verity Jane Smith

Or, you can also forego the French braid and go straight to a three-strand for a classic, elegant option. This look is classic and super easy to create.

11. Simple Three-Strand, Side

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Pin your plait to the side for a hacked version of a side French braid. Photo credit: Verity Jane Smith

No time, space or patience to create a French braid? Cheat around the look by simply pinning a regular three-strand plait off to one side.

12. Twisted Fishtail

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Twist your half-pony first before beginning that herringbone stitch. Photo credit: Verity Jane Smith

One of our favorite looks is this ’80s-inspired twist, which features a crisp, proper fishtail till the ends of the pony.

13. Knotted Accent Braids

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Use uniform-colored hair ties for more polish.

This look is actually pretty easy when broken down: It features a couple of accent braids that are tied in the center, with the seam covered by a high ponytail. Great for festivals, outdoor BBQs or other summer festivities!

14. Half-Up Bantu Knots

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A high-contrast hair weave provides more punch. Photo credit: indigitalimages.com

These baby Bantu knots or space buns are made of hair that’s been reinforced with extensions. Usually professionally done, they require the weave being attached to the real hair using a braid technique, which then turns into a rope twist once the real hair runs out.

15. Celtic Bun

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Mint-colored ends add a nice, millennial touch.

This look is actually three loosely braided buns (left, middle, right) linked to each other with pins. To recreate, split hair into three sections and braid each halfway, then coiling each braid to form a circle. Pin the loose ends together for that knotted look.

16. Curly Dutch

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Pancake only half of the links for a scalloped appearance.

On your hairline, create a Dutch braid (split hair into three slivers, then cross the side sections under the middle). Stop when you reach the ear and pin. Next, gently tug or pancake only the upper part of the chain for a faux “curly” effect, then curl the rest of your hair to finish.

17. Dutch Pigtails with Bump

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Use a fishtail comb to split hair for a more precise part. Photo credit: Verity Jane Smith

Create two Dutch braids on the top half of your head and gather them together into one ponytail (leave the ends unbraided). Next, split the upper layer of the ponytail and loop it into the gap between your pigtails, pinning where it falls against your scalp to secure.

18. Dutch Flower Buns

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So ‘gram-worthy!

Split your hairline into two to create feeder Dutch braids from each side. Braid till the ends, then coil each around itself to create a small bun, making sure to flatten out the coil on your head so its layers resemble petals. Pin till secure.

19. Infinity Braid

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Ensure the rest of your hair is detangled before creating knotted braids to avoid any damage. Photo credit: Faraz Essani Photography

Similar to the Celtic knot, this also employs a trompe l’oeil effect. Start with one regular three-strand braid on each side, then create a figure-eight to connect both, pinning the seams. Enlist a friend!

20. Side Dutch

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Gathering hair just from one side results in a cool basket-bottom effect. Photo credit: Verity Jane Smith

Look closely and you’ll see two plaits: one on the hairline from partline to above the ear, and the main one, which features hair being taken from the right only.

21. Split Crown

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The split-crown braid is an awesome festival look.

Simpler than it looks, this starts with stitching a main braid in the center, then splitting the hair from that into two once you reach the forehead.

22. Braids with Curly Mohawk

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All of the looks! Photo credit: @studio91nhs

This intense look features some feeder cornrows on one side that are tied off in the center of the skull, which then burst out into curls from forehead to nape.

23. Double Three-Strand

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The trick is to treat the plait itself as regular hair. Photo credit: indigitalimages.com

This two-step look entails first creating a regular-sized three-strand braid from the crown to the ends, then using that same plait as one section in a larger three-strand braid. So yeah, braidception.

24. Jumbo Three-Strand

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This meta look is easily recreated on a base of box braids.

The same concept goes for this iteration, which uses a full head of box braids to create an oversized three-strand braid on one side.

25. Accent Braids

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A sombré punctuates this edgy look. Photo credit: indigitalimages.com

Part of the base of the scalp is sectioned off as if to prime for rope twists, but instead, hair is left braided and loosely flowing, while the rest of the hair is gathered into a ’90s-inspired high pony. Slapdash, but it works!

26. Braid with Undercut

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A punky hair color adds to this look’s style.

Showcase your shaven side with a braid that delineates the undercut from the rest of your locks. This will draw major attention to your cool haircut.

27. Faux Side Shave

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The trick is creating a deep-enough side part. Photo credit: Suzanne Cohen Photography

And for the clipper-shy, a tight sidewinding braid gives a similar effect. This is a great way to test out an undercut without going all in.

28. Side Accent Braids

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No need to French braid the sides to make an impact. Photo credit: Allyson Alapont

Triple the fun, with minimal effort! Create three tiny three-strand braids as another quick and easy way to test out the undercut trend.

29. Gelled Unicorn

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Run any leftover product over the rest of your lengths. Photo credit: indigitalimages.com

A wet look complements this fierce, runway-worthy version. Apply a firm-hold gel, like TRESemmé TRES Two Mega Sculpting Gel, for a shiny yet non-sticky finish.

30. Skinny Unicorn

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The split-section detail at the forehead is a unique touch. Photo credit: indigitalimages.com

This graphic version employs a clever little touch at the forehead: The ends are split up and hidden underneath the fringe.

31. Dutch Unicorn

dutch unicorn half braided hairstyles
Work those roots to your advantage with a tough, street-smart plait.

Playing with grown-out roots? Try a bumpy solo Dutch braid, which helps give a two-toned effect.

32. French Crown

french crown half braided hairstyles
Style the rest of your lengths in loose waves to complement your crown braid. Photo credit: Verity Jane Smith

Start from above one ear and French braid till you reach the opposite ear, then secure with pins or a tiny hair tie.

33. Dutch Crown

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Start atop one ear and weave all the way across the head to the other ear. Photo credit: Dvora

Following the same principle but with an inverted/Dutch stitch this time, the hairstyle ends in a bumpy, headband-like look.

34. Frizzy Fishtail

frizzy fishtail half braided hairstyles
A fuzzy texture keeps the braid from looking too “perfect.”

This hairstyle has a deliberately staticky finish. To recreate, first start with a side fishtail braid and finish by gently pulling the links apart for that flattened feel, then rub the surface with a cotton shirt for a slight fuzz.

35. French Pigtails

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Half braided hairstyles: The tapered braid is so in. Photo credit: Verity Jane Smith

Just as you would in sleepovers of yore, enlist a friend to help you recreate this fun dual-braided look.

36. Mermaid

mermaid braid half braided hairstyles
Make a splash with a fun, easy-to-do mermaid braid.

Easier than you’d think, a mermaid braid is a lazier version of the French stitch. Check out our tutorial for the complete step-by-step guide.

37. Half-Braided Crown

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Start the plait a few inches behind the hairline for a helmet effect.

Keep dark locks shiny and healthy-looking to provide some dimension to a braid. We like the shine-enhancing properties in Suave Professionals Sleek Anti-Frizz Smooth & Shine Cream.

38. Half-Pigtails

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Try to tuck in the hair ties under the last chain. Photo credit: Allyson Alapont

End the French stitch at ear level and leave the ends messy and texturized for a modern touch.

39. Waterfall Bun

waterfall bun half braided hairstyles
A skinnier waterfall is more unusual. Photo credit: Verity Jane Smith

This popular hairstyle starts with a waterfall stitch. First go from right to left, then clamp it off to hold. Next, create another braid on your minor partline to just above the ear, then remove your previous clamped plait to bun them together.

40. Side Dutch

side dutch half braided hairstyles
Make sure the pancaking is uniform for a similar effect.

Such precision! Create a Dutch braid from your hairline to behind the left ear, then secure with a pin. Tug the links apart to pancake and flatten.

41. Side Waterfall

side waterfall half braided hairstyles
Lopsided, yes, but oh-so-cute! Photo credit: Verity Jane Smith

A fun, super-boho version of the traditional waterfall braid, these half-up braided hairstyles involve taking new hair from just the left side and leaving the plait deliberately messy.

42. Temple Feeders

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Use a transparent or hair-colored elastic for best results.

Affix two skinny braids from each temple and gather them into a tiny ponytail at the back of your head. Instant #festbest!

43. Fringe Waterfall

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Ain’t nothing wrong with a textbook hairline waterfall!

There will always be a place in our hearts for a cute, snug, straightforward waterfall braid that snakes neatly down your hairline.

44. Traditional Waterfall

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We love how this particular braid looks on an ombré or an unconventional shade.

And just in case you needed to know how exactly to master this stitch, here’s a step-by-step tutorial.

45. Basket Waterfall

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Half braided hairstyles: Switch to a three-strand braid immediately as you reach the opposite side. Photo credit: Verity Jane Smith

Wider-spaced feeder sections mimic the underside of a basket weave, lending to this braid’s name.

 

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