Two Braids: 7 Hairstyle Ideas to Try Out

Serena Norr | 03 May 2017

Get in on the modern version of the two braids hair trend with these inspiring ideas. 

Two braids: You’ve probably adorned this style at some point in your hair history, most likely in your elementary school years. But we are here to tell you that this beloved pigtail style is back with a whole new upgrade that can easily translate into your modern life. Whether you want a new look for the gym or something playful, two braid styles certainly can fulfill those style needs. Read on to check out a few of our faves:

Trendy Two Braids Hairstyles

two braids loose fishtail
A runway-worthy look featuring loose, playful fishtail braids. Photo credit: Suzanne Cohen Photography

1. Pigtail/Loose Braid Style

This combo hairstyle was all the rage at the alice+olivia show during NYFW. Styled by TRESemmé‘s Jeanie Syfu, this look is all about a loose texturized braided pigtail that’s interwoven together and then mussed up for the ultimate lived-in style. Get the full scoop on how to nail this look in our fishtail braid tutorial.

two braids: Dip-Dyed Ends
Add a pop of color to your hair and rock your 2 braids. Photo credit: Dvora

2. Dip-Dyed Ends

Another cool way to rock 2 braids is to showcase your dye job via cute braided pigtails. This subtle option allows you to try out a vibrant shade without having to deal with a huge commitment. Kudos if you go the vibrant orange hair/red dipped route, a.k.a our current color combo obsession.

two braids: dutch pigtails
Get weekend-ready with this cool style. Photo credit: Bed Head x Vestal

3. Dutch Braid

You’ve probably heard of many iterations of this braided style, but the basics of these two long braids are pretty much the same. We love this style for a casual weekend, and it’s also a look that you can effortlessly rock at the gym. Master the steps of this cool style in our Dutch braid tutorial.

two braids pigtails: add glitter
Have fun with your pigtails by adding glitter to the mix.

4. Glitter Braids

Now that you’ve got the base of this hairstyle down, you can really have fun with it by adding in some glitter. Glitter roots were a big deal last year, and you can still easily transition the look this time around to your entire braid. To achieve this look, apply some gel, like Nexxus New York Salon Care Exxtra Hold Sculpting Gel, to your hair, and then create your braid. When finished, add some additional gel and then lightly apply the glitter (users’ choice) for a fun party style that’s bound to turn heads.

two braids x braid
A cool criss-cross braid is trendy and really fun.

5. Criss-Cross Braid

Another style that we have been rocking is the cool criss-cross braid. This look is all about braiding your hair diagonally and then crossing each braid over the other one. To really get into this style, you’ve got to check out our criss-cross braid tutorial that will help you nail this look in no time.

two braids: basic three-strand
A basic style that’s anything but. Photo credit:

6. Three-Strand Braid

While the three-strand braid is dubbed as a basic method, it is really is anything but when paired with a high-fashion look and some killer bangs. To create this look, be sure to start with a smooth base via the assistance of a serum, like TRESemmé Keratin Smooth Serum. Smooth the product throughout your hair and create your even part (after your bangs). Braid one section and tie with a hair tie, then repeat to the other side as you rock one of the easiest looks around.

two braids on natural hair
Rock braided hairstyles on your natural hair. Photo credit: Verity Jane Smith

7. Braids on Natural Hair

We love the look of two braids styles on natural hair. Not only can you take a break from wearing it down, you also get to showcase an easy style  that screams simple and stylish. For another option for your natural hair, try out our two-sided braids tutorial.

Looking for more two braids hairstyle ideas? Check out our recap of two French braids and how to create this look.

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