8 Iconic Micro Braids Hairstyles for 2021

We'll admit it: We're obsessing over these teeny-tiny box braids.

The micro braids trend has blown up in the hairstyling world. We all know that micro bangs have been a major staple on the runways and catwalks, and now micro braids are set to be the next big thing if they aren’t already. These mini braids pack a major punch of style and add a modern twist to your regular braided look. Plus, they’re so fashionable and fun and upgrade any regular down-do (and keeps natural hair protected for weeks).

We know that the minute you look at these micro braided styles, you’re going to fall head-over-heels for them just as fast as we did.

1. Simple Ponytail

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A simple ponytail can go a long way with your style.

Simple ponytails are a major staple in just about every girl’s style arsenal. If you’re on the go and need a quick hairdo, a simple and basic ponytail is always the easiest way to wear your micro braids.

2. Middle Part

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Switch up your micro braid style with a middle part.

A middle part is an easy way to switch up your micro braid hairstyle without actually doing much. Just tame any flyaways and frizziness with Dove Style+Care Extra Hold Hairspray and you’re ready to take on the day.

3. Mini Bun

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A mini bun is a chic and effortless style.

Mini buns are so playful and quirky, and we’re obsessed with how cute they look with micro braids. Make a mini bun to upgrade your half-up style, or get creative and create a few mini buns on your head to make a unique, funky version.

4. Ombré

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This dip-dyed style looks amazing on micro braid hairstyles.

A high-contrast two-toned ombré style is perfect for anyone who really wants to make their braids pop. Go for deep, dark roots with platinum or ash blonde ends for a truly stunning look.

5. Wavy Braids

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Add some wave to your braids.

Give your micro braids a bit of the mermaid treatment by wearing them wavy. Wavy micro braids are a sexy, romantic, and quite a different way to wear a protective hairstyle, which is typically worn straight. Ed’s tip: Tame any visible edges and flyaways by using a bit of TRESemmé TRES Two Mega Firm Control Gel on the lengths.

6. Long Braids

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Consider these long flowing braids.

Long, flowing braids are one of our favorite micro braid styles for their striking length and texture. Leave them loose, or put them up in a big and bold updo.

7. Pulled Back

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Pull the top half of your braids back.

Don’t have time to create one of your elaborate micro braid hairstyles? Then just pull and pin back some braids, spray on some Dove Style+Care Extra Hold Hair Spray for day-long control, and you’re ready to head out.

8. Neon Braids

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Neon braids are the life of the party! Photo: Hope Morgan

It’s time to give your hairstyle a total makeover with a pop of fresh color. A fun, vibrant neon is the perfect pigment for an edgy hairstyle and is also a great way to show off your trendsetting fashion sense.

No matter which style you choose, keep your scalp feeling hydrated and soothed by using Love Beauty and Planet Soothe & Nourish Hemp Seed Oil & Nana Leaf Scalp Serum.

Are you thinking about trying out one of these micro braids styles? Be sure to take a picture and tag us @AllThingsHairUS!

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