13 Micro Braids Hairstyles We Can’t Get Over

Jennifer Hussein | 17 January 2018
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We’ll admit it: We’re obsessing over these teeny-tiny box braided looks.

The micro 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:

15 Micro Braids Styles We Adore

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

1. Simple Ponytail

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.

micr braids middle part
Switch up your micro braid style with a middle part.

2. 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.

DOVE STYLE+CARE COMPRESSED EXTRA HOLD HAIRSPRAY
micro braids mini bun
A mini bun is a chic and effortless style.

3. Mini Bun

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.

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

4. Ombré

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 a platinum or ash blonde ends for a truly stunning look.

shoulder length micro braid twists
Shoulder length micro twists basically style themselves.

5. Shoulder Length Micro Twists

Twists are a popular play for those of you who aren’t into the conventional style of braiding. Keeping them shoulder-length gives a bit of a playful, lighter swing to your hair, much like lobs do for non-braided strands. If your locks need a spritz of freshness between washes, spray on some Dove Fresh & Floral Dry Shampoo for an instant refresh to your roots.

DOVE FRESH & FLORAL DRY SHAMPOO
micro braids medium length
For those of you who aren’t into extreme cuts, a medium length micro braid style is your best fit.

6. Medium Length

If you’re not into going super short, or if you don’t want hair that’s a little too long for your taste, then medium is the perfect style length for you. It’s long enough to put in most updos, but short enough that it passes your shoulders.

micro braids half braided
This is perfect for those of you who don’t want a fully braided style.

7. Half-Braided

If turning all of your locks into full braids seems like too much of a change for you, wearing half-braided micro braids, or a braid-out look, is the best of both worlds. Micro braids are so thin that they can still look like regular locks from afar, and wearing them in a braid-out opens a world of creative opportunities and infuses your look with a lot more texture.

micro braids side shift
Want to give your micro braids extra style without doing much? Just shift them all to one side for a fabulous look!

8. Side-Shifted

Just as changing your part can give your old look a bit more lift and volume, so it follows with micro braids. Instead of creating a whole new part, just simply shift your hair to one side for a bit of a style switcheroo.

micro braids wavy
Keep your style wavy with these micro braids.

9. Wavy Braids

Give your micro braids a bit of the mermaid treatment by wearing them wavy. Wavy micro braids are a sexy, romantic and quite 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.

TRESemmé TRES TWO MEGA FIRM CONTROL GEL
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Let your long micro braids flow free.

10. Long 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.

micro braids pineapple updo with loose ends
If you have micro braids unbraided ends, put them up in this pineapple updo.

11. Pineapple Updo With Loose Ends

If you have half-braided micro braids, this style is perfect to show off your loose ends. If you have fully braided ends, your braids will still look totally glam and on point in this messy pineapple updo look that works for both day and night.

micro braids pulled back
Pull your braids back for an effortlessly cleaned up look.

12. Pulled 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.

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

13. Neon Braids

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.

If you want to find more braided hairstyles, then check out our easy braided styles for long hair.