20 Unique Ways to Wear Individual Braids

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Thinking about trying individual braids or looking for new ways to style your usual look? We’ve created a collection of 20 unique ways to wear individual braids, and we know you’ll love them. Single braids are one of our favorite styles; we can’t get enough of these intricate looks. Individual braids are a great protective style, and while they take little time to create, the results can last for hours. Are you thinking about giving these single-braid styles a shot? Read on for major hairstyles for single braid inspiration:

How to Wear Individual Braids

1. Wrapped Bun

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Wrap your braids up into a beautiful bun that makes a statement.

Gather all of your braids into a ponytail, and then coil them into an oversized wrap bun for a bold, elegant look you’ll go back to again and again. This is a great way to wear braids to a formal event.

2. Wear a Head Scarf

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Add an intricately designed scarf to your look.

Wear your favorite scarf wrapped around your head and let your braids peek out underneath. This is one of our top hairstyles for individual braids, as the intricate scarf draws more attention to your gorgeous strands.

3. Pull ‘Em Back

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Pull a few braids back into a soft and romantic style.

Secure just a few braids back into a soft and romantic half-up style. We especially love this look with a unique hair-coloring pattern. For example, this gray ombre pattern is a gorgeous look that’s bound to follow with compliments when wearing it.

4. Side Part

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Wear your braids in a deep side part.

A great way to soften up single braids hairstyles is by wearing them in a side part. If your braids are originally braided into a middle part, the side part is a great way to rejuvenate your hair look by flipping your hair over to the side parting.

5. Pulled Over

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Flip your braids over to one side.

Add some volume to your look by flipping your braids over to one side. Secure your style with a ponytail holder or with a large side braid. That’s how you wear your side part many ways with limited tools.

6. Brighten Up

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Brighten up with some strategic highlights.

Highlights are not off-limits for individual braid styles, and a light color like this will instantly brighten up your entire look. Take your look a notch further with various colored highlights.

7. Center Part

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The center part is a little more defining.

Move towards more definition by wearing your braids in a center part. No matter how you choose to finish the style, a center part can always be counted on to add a touch of boldness to the look.

8. Professional Ponytail

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A professional ponytail is an always-dependable go-to.

One of our favorite go-to styles we like to recommend for women who are looking for something on the professional side is a simple ponytail. We love how the braids give an otherwise understated style an upgrade.

9. Part-Up

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Add some height with a part-up.

Elongate your face and add some height to your look by wearing a part that has some volume incorporated. This hairstyle is especially easy to achieve on twists and faux locs styles as they already come with a little bit of texture.

10. Mid-Level Ponytail

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There’s something undeniably chic about a mid-level ponytail.

Try a simple yet impactful chic and easy ponytail. This a great look for outgrown hair that might not look great in its usual parting – a cute style to help you hold over your hair until it’s time for your next protective hairstyle.

11. Messy Bun

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Learn how to make a messy bun work with braids.

This easy go-to hairstyle can be quickly achieved! Gather your braids into a low messy bun for an exercise class or a run on the beach. This hairstyle is also a great style for lounging around.

12. Low Bun

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A low-volumized bun is bold and beautiful.

Tying your hair into a low bun is the easiest route to a soft and romantic look. A lazy bun hairstyle has never looked so chic and fabulous! Not to mention, this is a beautiful way to elevate a low ponytail hairstyle.

13. Light Highlights

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Brighten up your look.

Highlighted box braids are even bolder, and we love this warm caramel brown color that flatters a large variety of skin tones as well as natural hair tones. If you have a dark hair color with these braids installed, it will create a neutral-looking contrast with your roots growing out.

14. High Ponytail

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Kick it up a notch with a high ponytail.

Wear your braids nice and high in a swishy and flirty ponytail. This style is not only great for those with an active lifestyle but also looks great in various settings such as work, professional life, and more.

15. Half-Up

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Find a way to keep your hair off your face while still showing off your braids.

Keep your hair off your face while still showing off your braids in this feminine and professional look. The beauty of the half-up, half-down hairstyle is that it looks great with a variety of hair partings, including a middle part, side part, and/or partial side part.

16. The Half Bun

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Pair your braids with the trendy half-bun.

Pair your beautiful braids with a half bun for the ultimate trendy look. This style can be worn with a large multitude of braiding and twisting styles and with short, medium, and long hairstyles.

17. Keep It Casual

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Wear your braids long and casual.

Keep it casual by wearing your braids long, down, and loose. Add some waves or curls to the end of the hair for some flair. This is the perfect hairstyle for anyone who loves the boho-chic hairstyle.

18. Bronze Highlights

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Brighter is sometimes better.

Try a bronze color to complement your skin tone and brighten up your look; this looks great paired against golden undertones. This hair color can even be supplemented with blonde or honey blonde for warmer seasons.

19. Braided Bob

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Wear your braids nice and short.

Style your braids short for a sweet and flirty look. We especially love the look of these medium-sized, medium braids. This is a great braiding look to install with less time than average braids and is great for anyone who likes to switch their hair up often.

20. Wear a Beanie

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When in doubt, add a beanie.

Wear a beanie on top of your braids for a cute, outside-friendly look. Keep it simple or spruce up your beanie to add a spunk of self-expression; enjoy your beanie your way!

Editor’s tip: One of the best ways to care for your individual braids is to make sure to incorporate a deep conditioner into your routine. We love Suave Professionals Deep Moisture Shampoo and Conditioner and recommend using this duo to keep your braids moisturized and healthy.

If you want to take the moisturizing a step further, use Suave Professionals Coconut Milk Infusion Intense Moisture Mask after you wash your braids for even more benefits.

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