The Elaborate Braid Amandla Stenberg goes for a fierce, princess-y ‘do and pairs it with a blazer, no less. We’re taking braid and hair accessory notes from the actress. Image: Jon Kopaloff/Getty Images
Effortless isn’t exactly how we would describe most braid hairstyles, since they seem to require a third hand, incredible dexterity and the ability to see behind your head. But they do have their place in the updos-that-wow category. Well-done braids can stand out flawlessly amid the sea of beach waves and faux bobs.
The best thing about braids is how massively creative you can get regardless of your hair type and length. And you can use them for any hair goal you may have — be it faking volume or achieving the ultimate bo-ho.
The Side Braid A good braid game is essential if you want to channel your inner Amber Heard. We love this chic, effortless braid that adds some summer drama to Amber’s red carpet blowout. Image: Jean Catuffe/FilmMagic/Getty Images
The Low Braided ‘Do Instead of a braided bun, Amanda Seyfried opted for a low braided ‘do. It looks labor-heavy, but it just entails two tightly braided strands pinned to the base of your head. Just make sure you have some hair wax handy. Image: Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images
The Flowery Braid We know you think putting flowers in your braids is reserved for manic pixie dream girls, but all-natural hair props are making a serious comeback. But if you don’t want to go all in, keep it subtle by adding simple florals to a simple braided bun or braid. Image: Imaxtree
The Braided Updo Lucy Boynton’s chic braided updo is ideal if you’re looking to add some texture to your bun. It also works for short-haired girls who want to get in on the updo action. Image: Taylor Hill/Getty Images
The Messy Braid We don’t think the messy braid will ever go out of style. And that’s OK, because if you have long, wavy hair and are sick of the blowouts and buns, braids are a great way to play with your length. Image: Imaxtree
The Knotted Braid We’re take any beauty advice we can get from Amandla Stenberg if this unique updo is any indication of her style. This colorful and elaborate ‘do is wild and perfect if you’ve decided to make 2019 a natural hair year. Stenberg’s stylist Vernon François took to Instagram to spill the beans on this knotty ‘do. Image: Earl Gibson III/Getty Images