With fall sneaking up just around the corner, braided hairstyles are making their way to the front of my mind. There’s something about braids that make them so seasonally appropriate when the temperature starts to drop and your dresses and jean shorts are replaced with oversized knits and ankle boots.
Braids have been all the rage for the past couple years and they show no signs of swirling out of the spotlight. They’re trendy, glamorous, and with these simple step-by-step tutorials, they’ll become second nature. These braided hairstyles are perfect for everything from casual classroom looks to more formal occasions like a wedding or concert. Plus, they’ll work whether you have straight, wavy, or curly hair, and are ideal for those with medium-length locks.
Don’t be intimidated by braided hairstyles. Even if you’ve never done them before, you’re sure to get the hang of these in no time. From a double Dutch braid that celebrities like Kim Kardashian love to rock, to an upside down braided lace bun, these are the best braided hairstyles for medium-length hair.
1. 4 Easy Boho Braid Hairstyles by Amanda Faye
With this tutorial, you get four fabulous braided hairstyles. If you’re into the boho look, you’re sure to love each one of these braids, from the fishtail pigtail braids to the side braid. If you’re new to the braid game, you’ll learn how to do a Dutch braid and fishtail braid with ease. All you need is bobby pins, an elastic, hairspray and a comb!
2. Half Up Crown Braid for Short/Medium Length Hair by ThatsHeart
A half up crown braid is ideal for anything from a date night to a wedding to a fun office hairstyle. It looks chic and put together, and it’s a unique ‘do that you don’t see every day. She recommends using the Garnier Fructis Sheet Set Ultra Strong Hold Breathable Hairspray for a style that lasts all day or night.
3. Knotted Loop Waterfall Braid Hairstyle by Bebexo
The great thing about braided hairstyles is that they can be very versatile. You can wear a braid with your hair down, or throw it into a ponytail or bun. In this tutorial, you’ll learn how to do a knotted loop waterfall braid, as well as how to change up the look and wear the braid in a side ponytail.
4. Double Dutch Braid Upstyle in Minutes by Confessions of a Hairstylist
If you’re a lover of Pinterest or Instagram, you’re sure to recognize the double Dutch braided up do. Beauty bloggers, vloggers and everyday fashionistas flaunt this gorgeous look on the daily, and with this simple step-by-step tutorial, you’ll be able to master it in no time. Not only that, she also shows you how to get a different look with the same upstyle. Use the Kerastase V.I.P. Volume in Powder Spray for extra texture and hold!
5. Mohawk Pony Braid Hairstyle by MakeupWearables Hairstyles
This Mohawk braided hairstyle incorporates multiple braids in one to get the fun, unique look. This hairstyle is awesome for a concert with a casual outfit, or for a more formal occasion with a cocktail dress. It can be done on straight, wavy or curly hair, and you can do it with or without hair extensions. Have fun with it and make it your own!
6. How To: Double Dutch Braid || Kim K Inspired by Roxxsaurus
If you’re a fan of Kim K’s double Dutch braids, this tutorial will guide you through a thorough step-by-step on how to get the coveted look. Start out with a styling primer, such as the Living Proof Prime Style Extender Hair Primer to smooth out your hair and make the process a lot easier. This hairstyle can be a tad tricky to do, so make sure you follow her every move! And don’t fret, you’re sure to get the hang of it in no time!
7. Messy Crown Braid by Loepsie
I love the crown braid hairstyle for more formal events like weddings or holiday parties. It’s incredibly chic and keeps your hair off of your neck and face, which is great if you’re going to be dancing the night away. In this tutorial, she shows you how to create a crown braid that is big, romantic and messy – in the best way.
8. How To: 3 Easy Braided Hairstyles | Coachella by Luxy Hair
Even though this video is titled braided hairstyles for Coachella, each of these braids are super wearable for day to day occasions as well. Although they are amazing for festival style, don’t be shy to wear them to school or out to dinner with friends. They’re fun, cool and super on trend, and Elanna Pecherle is one of my favourite Instagram and Youtube stars! Follow her easy guides to each of these braids and look absolutely gorgeous rocking every one!
9. Criss Cross Waterfall Braid Hairstyle for Everyday by Lillith Moon
This criss cross waterfall braid is the perfect every day hairstyle whether you spend your days at the office, in the classroom, or running around with your kids. Add texture to your hair and make it easier to style with a styling powder like L’Oreal TECHNI ART Super Dust Volume Powder. This braided hairstyle may seem complicated at first, by with this step-by-step guide, it will become easier and easier each time you do it.
10. Upside Down Braided Lace Bun by Braidsandstyles12
This hairstyle mixes two braided ‘dos – the upside down braid and the braided lace bun, to give you a gorgeous styled look. I love how you can see braids from all angles of the head, and it’s a great look for those with medium to long hair.
11. Braided Bun Updo for Long and Medium Hair by Thalita Makes
I love this braided bun hairstyle because it’s the perfect blend of messy, effortless, yet still put together. Wear it for a study session or to a hungover brunch with friends. It gets your hair off your face so that you’re not annoyed or distracted by it.
These braided hairstyles will take you through fall (and beyond) looking chic, glam, and on trend. They’re all extremely wearable whether you need a ‘do for a casual or formal event. Go on, get braiding!