15 Red Braids Styles We’re Utterly Obsessed With

Pick your favorite from this curated selection. 

No matter your hair color or type, braids are one of those hairstyles just about anyone can pull off. Have short bob length hair? There’s a braid technique for that. Curly hair? Textured braids are your friend. Anything you can think of, it can be done. We’re currently having a deep obsession with red braids. Just like braids on blonde hair colors, braids on red hair have a nice way of standing out. With this hair color you can see every detail within the braid from the stitch, down to the texture. Whether you have deep red hair, light red hair, or a bright scarlet hue, ahead we’ve rounded up fifteen of our favorite red braids styles that’ll work for any occasion on your agenda.

Red Braids: Styles We Love For Any Occasion

red braids: thick hair
The chunky red braid pony.

1. Chunky Red Braid Ponytail

Have thick hair? This chunky red braid ponytail is ideal for your hair type. Wear this casual look to the office or as a quick hairstyle in between washes. Here’s a styling tip for those without thick hair, pull your braid apart to create the illusion of fuller and thicker hair.

red braids: fishtail
The festive look we’re obsessed with.

2. Red Braid Fishtail

Got a formal festivity on your agenda? What about an upcoming holiday? This red fishtail braid is ideal for any occasion. Glam it up with a dressy ensemble along with a glamorous makeup look to match and you are all ready for the dance floor.

red braids: pigtails
A blast from the past style.

3. Pigtail Red Braids

Who said pigtails are just for little girls? Nope, they aren’t! Give your look a grown-up twist with a funky hair color or with a set of side-swept bangs.

red braids: wedding style
A non-traditional bridal hairstyle we can get down with.

4. Red Braids for Weddings

In search of a non-traditional hairstyle for your big day? Try this skinny accent red braid style. Swing it to the back of your hair to create this dainty effect.

red braids: crown braid
Keep it simple with a crown braid style.

5. Red Braids Crown Style

The crown braid hairstyle will forever be one of our favorite braided hair looks. Try a skinny braid to mimic a headband accessory or a chunky loose braid to create a fuller and voluminous effect.

red braids: undone braid
The chic undone braid for the working girl.

6. The Disheveled Red Braid

Nothing screams a girl hard at work than a hairstyle that shows it. This undone braid packs a stylish punch while not looking unkempt. Whether you’re a barista or an office clerk, you can dress this braided style up or down.

red hair braids: streaks
Red braids with an edge.

7. Red Braids with Streaks

Want something that has some edge to the look? How about this mash up of a mixture of colors in a sleek tight ponytail braid. Need help with hold? Try using a gel or a wax like Bed Head by TIGI Wax Stick to set your hairstyle in place.

woman with red box braid hair in a braided hairstyle
Braided braids, who knew eh?! Credit: Instagram.com/manushka_hair

8. Braided braids

Love the idea of getting red braids but need to make sure the style you choose is actually wearable? Unlike bolder, brighter shades, this red wine hue strikes just the perfect balance between playful and professional!

But the color is just half the beauty of this look; as by working it into a chic side braid, you’ll be able to transforms it into the ideal office style — what’s not to love? Credit: @manushka_hair

back view of a woman with braided hair with pops of red
Inject some color into your look with a few colored braids throughout your hair. Credit: Instagram.com/glamgoddesses.gg

9. Color pop braids

Sometimes less is more. And when it comes to red braids, this is especially true! So instead of having a whole head of red braids, why not just dot red braids throughout your mane? The color contrast will create a striking combo and make your red braids pop even more!

Psst: You could also try playing around with dip-dye and ombre variations, too, for a more graduated effect. Credit: @glamgoddesses.gg

woman with ultra long red braided hair
Take your braids to ultra long lengths! Credit: Instagram.com/joziamusic

10. Rapunzel braids

We’ve seen stars sporting ultra-long tresses on the red carpet lately, so why not live out your own Rapunzel dreams with super long red braids?

Sure to turn heads, this sassy and stylish ‘do is a real statement maker, so you never have to worry about getting lost in the crowd! Credit: @joziamusic

woman with shoulder length red box braids
Join the bob brigade with this chic shoulder-length style. Credit: Instagram.com/queenoyinkan

11. Bob braids

It’s safe to say the bob trend isn’t showing any signs of phasing out any time soon, so these shoulder-length braids are bang on trend.

Short enough that you don’t have to worry about them weighing you down yet long enough that your styling options aren’t compromised, this colorful style is super chic and flattering. Credit: @queenoyinkan

Editor’s tip: Braids are a great low-maintenance hairstyle but you still need to remember to care for your strands. Make sure to mist them regularly with a moisturising leave-in conditioner, such as the TRESemmé Botanique Nourish & Replenish Hydrating Mist, to keep them looking hydrated and healthy.

selfie of a woman with red cornrow braided hair
Can’t decide which style to try? Keep it classic with cornrows. Credit: Instagram.com/obiaku_twin

12. Cornrows

If you don’t want to undergo the timely process of getting box braids, cornrows are on hand to give you the trend with speed.

Much quicker to do, the end result looks just as fabulous but means you don’t have to spend all day trapped in the salon chair. Ain’t nobody got time for that! Credit: @obiaku_twin

photo of a woman at the pool in a blue swimming costume with red box braids in space buns
Red braids and space buns make for a hair duo that’s simply out of this world! Credit: Instagram.com/mad.kruss

13. Space buns

Space buns are one of the biggest festival hair trends to emerge this year but we bet you didn’t know how amazing they looked on red braids, did you?

As you can see from the photo above, long box braids are easy to work into whatever hairstyles you like and the deep cherry hue only adds to the poppy, summertime vibes. Credit: @mad.kruss

car selfie of a woman with long red twist braids
Do the twist! Credit: Instagram.com/beautybytaaliba

14. Twists

If box braids aren’t your cup of tea, you can always play around with other, equally badass braiding styles, like twists. We’re obsessed with this Instagrammer’s neat marley twists and love that they give a totally different result to standard box braids.

Twists aren’t a one-size-for-all style either: you could try chunky jumbo braids, teeny tiny micro braids or even tree braids, the choice is yours! Credit: @beautybytaaliba

woman in a swimming pool with her red braided hair in a high side ponytail style
Channel your inner ’80s baby with a cutesy high pony. Credit: Instagram.com/shrellelondon

15. Side pony

A-listers are big fans of the high pony, so why not rock the look with an added ’80s twist with this adorable side ponytail style?

Ideal for working out at the gym, a tidy style for school or work (or just about any occasion you can think of), it’s the perfect way to flaunt your red braids. Credit: @shrellelondon

Loved all these fierce, fiery styles but still don’t know your crochet braids from your faux locs? Then head over to our African hair braiding guide, now, to get the low-down on all of the most popular braided hairstyles around.

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