23 Pretty Braids for All Personalities and Textures

Get inspired to try out a new hairstyle with this collection of pretty braids. 

Braids have come a long way since the classic three-strand variety from our schoolyard days. And while we will forever be nostalgic for those pretty braids, we’re still excited for the whole new slew of pretty braids we’ve seen splashed across our Instagram feeds. Whether you’re going to the gym and need to tie your hair up or you’re looking for the perfect hairstyle for a formal occasion, there’s a pretty braid out there that can transform your hair in a matter of minutes. To help you find the perfect pretty braids for you, we’re sharing a whole bunch of our favorite pretty braids. Read on to get inspired!

23 Pretty Braids for Long Hair

pretty braids unicorn braid tutorial
A magical hairstyle that’s easy to master.

1. Unicorn Braid

Tap into the unicorn trend by opting for the single braided look. A quirky style that’s actually pretty easy to master, simply focus on a braid on the center of your hair, then secure it with hair tie for a middle braided look. A low pony that’s tied with your own hair is one of our favorite ways to complete this style. For even more guidance, check out our unicorn braid tutorial and be on your magical way.

pretty braids: pull through hair tutorial
A pretty braid that’s bound to turn heads.

2. Pull-Through Braid

Get ready to turn heads with this pretty braid. A chunkier braided option, this braid is all about a hairstyle that brings your braid front and center. If you’re bored with the standard braid and you’re looking for ways to mix things up a bit, this is the braid for you. Master the steps to this braided style by checking out our easy pull-through braid tutorial.

pretty braids: milkmaid braid tutorial
A classic look you need to master.

3. Milkmaid Braid

If there’s one pretty braid that you have to get in your repertoire, it’s this milkmaid braid. The ‘it’ look of festival season, these pretty braids for long hair will also work for summer weddings, work events and weekend getaways. Get in on this classic look by following our milkmaid braid hair tutorial for an ethereal goddess look.

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A pretty braid we can’t get enough of. Photo credit: Verity Jane Smith

4. Fishtail Braid

Up your braid game a few notches by learning how to nail the gorgeous fishtail braid. We’re all about these pretty braids that look super romantic and whimsical. Once you know the basics, as outlined in our fishtail braid tutorial, you can really have fun with the placement of this braid that you can wear as a half-up style, towards the back or on the side.

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A top knot style that looks gorgeous on your box braids. Photo credit: Allyson Alapont

5. Top Knot

A top knot works on all sorts of hair textures and types and is one of our all-time favorite pretty braids. We love how these pretty box braids highlight your facial features and your unique sense of style. To achieve this look, simply collect half of your hair, then loop the top part of your hair into bun.  Secure with some bobby pins or a hair tie and you’re good to go.

pretty braids upside down braid tutorial
A clean and stylish look to try out on your long hair. Photo credit: indigitalimages.com

6. Upside Down Braid

A look that’s been garnering some attention as of late is the stylish upside down braid. This hairstyle is all about a sleek base that you can achieve by smoothing down your frizz or flyaways with TRESemmé Keratin Smooth Shine Serum. Then divide the back part of your hair into three even sections as you work section-by-section to create your braids. When finished, have that section of your hair meet the rest of your hair in a low or high bun. Get even more tips on how to create this on-trend braid in our upside down braid tutorial.

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A subtle look we can’t get enough of. Photo credit: indigitalimages.com

7. Hidden Braid

Maybe you’re a the kind of girl who wants something a little simple that still packs a punch. Then the hidden braid trend might be perfect for you. This look is all about rocking your natural texture, or enhancing it, and then subtly placing a skinny braid underneath your hair for a pretty yet subtle effect. It’s also one of our favorite looks for rocking pretty braids last-minute without having to do all that much.

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Double the fun with this braided hairstyle. Photo credit: Allyson Alapont

8. Dutch Pigtails

Pigtails aren’t just for the elementary school years. You can easily rock them for your weekend look or as a stylish way to get your hair out of your face when you get your sweat on. Master the Dutch pigtails in our recent tutorial to easily embrace this carefree hairstyle.

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A braided bun that’s all about style.

9. Braided Bun

Another way you can show-off your hair is with this chic braided bun. This look is all about creating various braids throughout the sides of your hair and a richer, chunkier one in the middle. After you create your braids, create a low pony or bun. Spray some Dove Style+Care Extra Hold Hairspray throughout your hair to lock in this style.

pretty braids thick braids
Keep your hair out of your face with two thick braids.

10. Thick Braids

Double up on braids and keep your hair out of your eyes at the same time. These two thick braids will take minutes to create and will stay in place all day long.

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Pull your pretty box braids up into a classic ponytail.

11. Classic Ponytail

Pull your pretty box braids up into a classic ponytail and let it fall over one shoulder for an extra chic touch.

pretty braids off center bun
Try this cute and flirty style.

12. Off-Center Bun

Give your usual bun a flirty twist by styling it slightly off-center.

pretty braids high bun
Wrap your braids up into a high bun.

13. High Bun

Or keep things simple and classic with a regular high bun.

pretty braids half up twists
Twist your braids up into a half-up style.

14. Twisted Braids

Pair your braids with a twisted style for a sophisticated and regal look.

pretty braids half up style
Tuck the top half up your braids back into a half-up style.

15. Tucked Back

Tuck your braids behind your ears and pin them back for a unique tucked back style.

pretty braids half up
Use your half-up style to add some volume to your look.

16. Half-Up Volume

Use a half-up style to add more volume at your roots.

pretty braids half up bun
Pull half your hair up into a bun.

17. Half-Up Bun

Alternatively, wrap those braids up into a bun for an on-trend adorable look.

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Incorporate multiple colors into your braids.

18. Multi-Colored

Why settle for one color when you can opt for multiple? We love this combination of purple and gold braids.

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Flip your braids over for some added volume.

19. Flipped Over

Another quick way to add volume is by flipping your braids over to one side in a super deep side part.

pretty braids charms thick braids
Accessorize your braids.

20. Braid Charms

Accessorize your braids with tiny beads and charms.

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Lighten your hair for some added shine.

21. Caramel Color

Color your hair in a soft and beautiful shade of caramel color. Hydrate your braids and give them a healthy shine by combing Suave Professionals Avocado+Olive Oil Smoothing Leave-In Conditioning Cream through them.

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Opt for bleach blonde braids.

22. Lighten Up

Lighten up with a bleach blonde shade of beautiful braids.

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Accessorize your braids with a beanie.

23. Add a Beanie

When in doubt, accessorize!

Looking for more pretty braid hairstyles? Then you’ve got to check out some of our favorite festival hair trends.