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30 Plaited Hair Ideas to Experiment With At Home

A roundup of the coolest braids of the season.

Also known as a braid, plaited hair is achieved when you weave or twist strands of hair together to create your chosen hairstyle i.e., a French braid or cute Dutch braids. The reason why plaited hairstyles are so popular is due to the fact they’re both practical and stylish, offering every hair type and length styling versatility.

Most plaits are pretty enough to fit almost any occasion or season, and they can vary from simple to statement-making. Not to mention, they are perfect for keeping your hair neat and away from your face. Win-win, right?

30 Plaited Hair Ideas to Experiment With At Home

Whether your hair is long, short, or medium length, scroll on to discover the 66 braided hairstyles you can experiment with at home. There’s bound to be a hairstyle you’ll fall in love with below!

1. Braid Around the Head

Updos are the perfect look for all your formal occasions.

Always struggle with updos? This braided crown style is surprisingly easy and equally great for casual or evening wear. Thicken your braid with extension braiding hair. If you choose to use extension hair, make sure it matched your hair texture for the most natural hair look.

2. Braided Bun

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Put a twist on your standard updo.

Channel your inner prima ballerina (even if you’re just in the office), with this elegant braided bun.  Hold your look in place with the Suave Professionals Firm Control Finishing Hairspray. This firm hold hairspray is fast-drying hairspray tames frizz.

3. Braided Ponytail

Simple and easy-to-style braided ponytail. Photo by Verity Jane Smith

What do you get when you combine two of our top go-to hairstyles (plaited hair and ponytails) together? Braided ponytails! This look is not only great for wearing every day, however

4. Braided Top Knot

A plaited hair bun is perfect for amping up your standard bun. Photo by Verity Jane Smith

Looking for a way to make your trusty top knot hairstyle more interesting? Simply wrap a braid around the base of your bun, and you’re good to go. This style even looks great when worn as a double-braid style.

5. Braided Updo Plaited Hair

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Rock this elegant braided bun.

From the bridal party to prom style, for those occasions where only an updo will do, this braided updo is the perfect look to try. This look can be achieved by French braiding two sections of your hair on either end. Then follow up by putting the end pieces of your hair into a messy bun.

6. Crisscross Braid Plaited Hair

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Try this crisscrossed plaited look for an intricate feel. Photo by All Things Hair.

These X-shaped crisscross braids make a fun change from regular plaited hair. This a fun hairstyle for back-to-school season, the office, or a semi-causal day out and about. This hairstyle is a statement in itself.

7. Crown Braid

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The crown braid is truly a timeless look. Photo by Verity Jane Smith.

This charming crown braid is just what you need for your summer socials. Leave some strands loose around your face for a live-in look. For a more stern look, tuck all the pieces of your hair into your plait and away from the frame.

8. Double Braid Bun

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Take a youthful approach with space buns. Photo Credit: @braided_
Space braids are a look that truly never goes out of style! Put your own twist on the look when you add braids to the look. From the upside-down Dutch braids to the retro space buns, this look is calling out to be worn to your next party.

9. Dutch Braid Crown

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Dutch Braids are great for both casual and formal occasions. Photo by All Things Hair

Flat or fine hair? Give body to limp locks by using the Dutch braid method to create the volumized updo of your dreams. Add some loose strands to your look for a more laid-back and casual look during your off days.

10. Faux Halo Braid

Faux Halo Braid
This unique look is bound to set trends wherever you wear it. Photo by  Verity Jane Smith

You don’t have to have a degree in braiding to be able to rock a plaited updo. Fake it ‘til you make it with this faux halo braid. Wear it big, or wear it small, this halo-plaited hair is bound to make a remarkable impression wherever you go.

11. Fishtail Bun

Fishtail Bun
Who said fishtail buns should only be worn down? Photo by Verity Jane Smith

This sleek fishtail bun is a convenient way of keeping your hair out of your face for work or the gym.  Keep flyaways in check while you’re on the go with the TRESemmé Hair Spray Flexible Touch-Up Pen. Stash this in your handbag or at your desk to boost shine and polish your look.

12. Fishtail Crown Braid

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Take plaited crowns to the next level with this one. Photo by All Things Hair

Add a bohemian feel with a music festival-inspired hairstyle. Remove flyways from this hairstyle to make it the perfect look for weddings and the more formal events of your life. This is also a gorgeous style to wear if you want to add some excitement to a plain everyday look.

13. Fishtail French Braid

Fishtail French Braid
Sport a classic French braid. Photo by All Things Hair

Who said you should only wear one braid style at a time? It’s time to switch up your perfect everyday look! Like to mix and match your braids? Show off your braiding skills with this 2-in-1 French fishtail hybrid.

14. Flower Braid

Flower Braid
The perfect plaited hair updo inspired by warmer seasons. Photo by: All Things Hair

What could be more spring/summer-appropriate than a flower-inspired braid? Bloom into the warm season with a hairstyle that lets you do that. Next time you attend your next formal event this season, take your braiding skills to the next level with this look.

15. Four Strand Braid

Four Strand Braid
Take your plaited hair up a notch with four strands. Photo by Verity Jane Smith

What’s better than a three-strand braid? Four strand braid, of course. If you are bored with your standard braid, try this look. A four-strand braid will help you create a more textured and intricate-looking braid. This style looks especially great when worn in a braid-out format as well!

16. French Braid Bun

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French braids don’t always have to be worn down. Photo by Verity Jane Smith

This French braided bun will be able to handle whatever your day throws at it and still look fab. The key to this look is to create a messy bun look which will help to create the perfect contrast between a formal look and a laidback look

17. Half-Up, Half-Down Plaited Hair Braid

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A plaited hair favorite; the half up, half down look. Photo by  Verity Jane Smith

If flat roots are a problem for you, the half-up-half-down braid is the answer for instantly fuller-looking strands. Not to mention, these braids will help to create the volume you’ve been yearning for in your day-to-day styles.

18. Headband Braid

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Go chic with a headband braid

Is there anything chicer than a headband braid? Perfect for all hair types and lengths, this braided style will instantly elevate your look. To take your look up a notch when wearing it as second-day hair, wear this look with a ponytail, bun, or braided back bun.

19. Heart Braid

Heart Braid
Spice up your braids with this festive heart. Credit: Rupert Laycock

They do say love is in the hair, and with this heart braid that’s definitely the case. Celebrate love with this plait! This hairstyle is an art form in itself that is perfect for dates, weddings, and even Valentine’s Day.

20. Box Braids

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Box braids are the top choice of protective hairstyle for naturalistas. Photo by Verity Jane Smith

Box braids just can’t be beaten when it comes to the best protective styles for natural hair. Box braids can be worn in a large variety of styles, colors, and lengths, making it one of the most versatile and timeless styles of the plaits.

21. Marley Braids

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Want to try something other than the classic box braids for once? Then, try this look. Photo by Verity Jane Smith

This celebrity-loved Marley twists hairstyle may take some time to create, but when the results are this beautiful, it’s totally worth it! Not to mention, this hairstyle will last you many weeks. You can also wear this hairstyle in many different hairstyles.

22. Milkmaid Braid

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The style has been loved and has stayed relevant over several decades. Photo Rupert Laycock

From festivals to brunch with the girls, a milkmaid braid is the sweetest style that all your friends will love. Not to mention, it is the perfect trend for anyone who wants to participate in the soft girl or cottage core aesthetic trend.

23. Pull Through Braid

Pull Through Braid
Add some volume to your braid. Photo by All Things Hair

Trick everyone into believing you’ve created the perfect braid with this clever pull-through braid hair hack. After braiding your hair, pull each strand apart gently on either end to help extend and add volume to your braid.

24. Side Braid

There’s nothing fishy about this gorgeous braid! Credit: Rex by Shutterstock
Side Braid
Switch up your regular braid by swooping it to the side. Photo by Verity Jane Smith

Make a style statement on your next workday with this side braid. By starting the braid higher up, you’ll prevent any loose strands from falling. This hairstyle also transforms into the perfect workout or lounging style for after work.

25. Snake Braid

Snake Braid
Be one of the first to rock this up-and-coming trending plaited hair look. Verity Jane Smtih

This unique snake braid can be worn to jazz up a simple style. Wear it on one side of your hair or both sides for an elevated look. This is the perfect look for school, work, and business-casual events.

26. Unicorn Braid

Master this unconventional braiding style

Have you always wanted to rock hair like a mythical creature? Then this unicorn braid is the perfect look. If you want to wear this look up a notch, then rather than having your hairstyle go down the middle of your mane, then you can add the unicorn braids to both sides of your hair. Then create pigtails or a pigtail bun.

27. Waterfall Braid

Waterfall Braid
Chase some waterfalls with this stunning plaited hair look. Photo by All Things Hair

This waterfall braid is screaming wedding hair to us. From bridal to bridal party, it’s the romantic look that everyone will love. Add some cute waves to this look with the help of the For Every Hair Type Smooth & Style Mousse.

28. Easy French Braid

Easy French Braid
Once you master the French braid, you will see why it is favored by so many hair enthusiasts. Photo by Rupert Laycock

There’s something about a classic French braid that just never fails to impress. Want to learn how to perfect the classic French braid once and for all? Learn how to master this plaited style with this tutorial.

29. Dutch Braid

Dutch Braid
You can never go wrong with a classic Dutch braid. Photo by Rupert Laycock

Created by weaving the hair under rather than over, once you know how to Dutch braids, you’ll be able to create all sorts of looks. The beauty of this style is that it can be achieved on a large variety of hair textures.

30. Boxer Braids

Boxer Braids
French braised cornrows make for the perfect pigtails. Photo by Rupert Laycock

Boxer braids are a take on traditional cornrow braids. Once you master the boxer braids look, this is another great everyday style that is bound to hold up well throughout all your day-to-day activities. For 3c-4c hair textures, you will definitely be able to hold up this style for at least a week if properly taken care of.

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