Hair Inspiration: The Braid

The braid is a sorely underestimated hairstyle. It is elegant, feminine and versatile.

Personally I am a big fan of the messy side braid that Alexander Wang brought to the runway a few seasons ago, but there are so many ways to style braids!

What is your favourite braided look?

Check out our hair-inspo gallery to check out some celebs rocking the braid!

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Images: Zimbio.com

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72 Comments

  • Reply anatunkia Sunday 4th November, 2012 at 8:10 pm

    the braid is one thing i’ve never been able to do ><

  • Reply Sparkles17 Wednesday 17th October, 2012 at 9:30 am

    Love , love love these braids!

  • jodyxo
    Reply jodyxo Saturday 7th July, 2012 at 3:20 pm

    cute looks!! (: x

  • Telishabeattie
    Reply Telishabeattie Monday 28th May, 2012 at 12:13 pm

    Love a good messy braid

  • Reply LizzieH Thursday 26th April, 2012 at 2:33 pm

    LOVE them all!

  • Reply emface Saturday 21st April, 2012 at 6:57 pm

    cute!

  • Reply julzjulzz Wednesday 11th April, 2012 at 12:40 pm

    really like Tash Williams’s messy fish braid to the side!

  • Reply seachelle Monday 9th April, 2012 at 2:00 pm

    the milkmaid braid is lovely but really only looks good on lighter hair colours or more textured hair … so not mine πŸ™

  • Reply lauralai Wednesday 4th April, 2012 at 9:55 pm

    I love the side braids, but my hair isn’t long enough!

  • Reply Tessa Wednesday 4th April, 2012 at 1:40 pm

    love a braid.

  • Reply thugsy Wednesday 4th April, 2012 at 8:39 am

    cute

  • Reply doogs Wednesday 4th April, 2012 at 8:35 am

    very nice

  • Reply bardie Wednesday 4th April, 2012 at 8:32 am

    I wear braids all the time

  • Reply jarjar Wednesday 4th April, 2012 at 8:29 am

    perfect for me

  • Reply lucinda Tuesday 3rd April, 2012 at 3:09 pm

    love them all!

  • Reply sezzie87 Monday 2nd April, 2012 at 8:47 pm

    I think it looks lovely

  • deezon
    Reply deezon Monday 2nd April, 2012 at 7:32 pm

    I really want to know how to fish braid, it sooo pretty

  • porsha
    Reply porsha Thursday 29th March, 2012 at 5:20 pm

    love the braid

  • Reply balibabe7 Thursday 29th March, 2012 at 7:54 am

    always a good look!!

  • LOUISE-ANNE
    Reply LOUISE-ANNE Thursday 29th March, 2012 at 7:39 am

    I love braids.

  • beautychattette
    Reply beautychattette Wednesday 28th March, 2012 at 8:02 pm

    So many braids! I wear a braid in my hair sometimes and I feel slightly 80s

  • Reply maggielyly Wednesday 28th March, 2012 at 7:49 pm

    so prettyyy

  • Reply mandystsai Monday 26th March, 2012 at 8:07 pm

    Some of these look perfect for my formal hair! Thanks for sharing!

  • Reply Alysia Saturday 24th March, 2012 at 8:26 pm

    Fishtail braid- reveal your secrets!

  • Reply juliew Saturday 24th March, 2012 at 4:50 am

    pretty

  • Reply chloebowie Friday 23rd March, 2012 at 4:47 am

    Beautiful braids πŸ™‚

  • Reply maggielyly Thursday 22nd March, 2012 at 10:37 pm

    so pretty!!

  • Reply Crystal Thursday 22nd March, 2012 at 9:30 am

    gorgeous~

  • karan2386
    Reply karan2386 Thursday 22nd March, 2012 at 8:31 am

    I’ve always loved braids. They can be so elegant and chic. Messy for a more relaxed, contemporary look or perfect for that clean finish. They add character to any hairstyle!

  • Reply sabrinafu Wednesday 21st March, 2012 at 11:18 pm

    It’s such a shame my hair is not yet long enough to tie up in a braid….

  • Myra
    Reply myra00 Wednesday 21st March, 2012 at 10:54 pm

    I love putting my hair in a side braid for the day, I don’t have to worry about it being perfect or constantly fixing it. Love Minkas messy braid!

  • Reply MsKimo Wednesday 21st March, 2012 at 7:09 pm

    Gorgeous and sophisticated, adds glam to any outfit. Yay for long hair πŸ™‚

  • judi1
    Reply judi1 Wednesday 21st March, 2012 at 4:31 pm

    Love braids .. just wish I knew how to do them!

  • Reply ellej Wednesday 21st March, 2012 at 3:44 pm

    seriously wish my hair worked better with braids!

  • violetflower61230
    Reply violetflower61230 Wednesday 21st March, 2012 at 12:30 pm

    I love braids… too bad I’m still in the process of growing my hair back again.

  • Reply Ian Wednesday 21st March, 2012 at 12:04 pm

    not all braids are good. think first does it really suit me or ….

  • Reply aalana Wednesday 21st March, 2012 at 11:42 am

    cute!

  • spunkx
    Reply spunkx Wednesday 21st March, 2012 at 11:01 am

    nup, still loving my short locks!

  • Reply teekendall Wednesday 21st March, 2012 at 10:47 am

    love the nice loose side braid. can’t stand the ‘heidi’ style braids.

  • sommy7
    Reply sommy7 Wednesday 21st March, 2012 at 10:14 am

    the braid can be so versatile

  • Reply fengari Wednesday 21st March, 2012 at 9:41 am

    Tash’s hair just looks messy

  • Reply dapperdolly Wednesday 21st March, 2012 at 9:30 am

    Have always loved side braids; smart and elegant or casual fun if slightly messy. Also very quick and easy to do which is a bonus!

  • Reply lizzie_le Wednesday 21st March, 2012 at 9:16 am

    yeah i need to grow it longer and get rid of the layers

  • Reply ang43@hotmail.com Wednesday 21st March, 2012 at 8:30 am

    Ahh if only my hair would sit like this

  • Reply adelynfinley Wednesday 21st March, 2012 at 6:03 am

    messy braids are the bombdiggity!

  • Reply stels Wednesday 21st March, 2012 at 1:11 am

    cute!

  • Reply fayzeedayzee Tuesday 20th March, 2012 at 11:30 pm

    I love the messy Fat Plait 😎

  • Fashionista8P
    Reply Fashionista8P Tuesday 20th March, 2012 at 10:52 pm

    beautiful, i just tried to brand my fridge back to my hair but i never get it quite right

  • Reply linhyy Tuesday 20th March, 2012 at 10:19 pm

    some gorgeous hairstyles

  • Reply ladadidah Tuesday 20th March, 2012 at 10:01 pm

    Minka Kelly and Amanda Seyfried= <3

  • Reply lara.heaton Tuesday 20th March, 2012 at 9:11 pm

    I cannot braid gah!

  • Reply Xiaxiao Tuesday 20th March, 2012 at 9:08 pm

    so pretty

  • Reply traanster Tuesday 20th March, 2012 at 9:03 pm

    And this is why I need my long hair πŸ™

  • Reply BellaB Tuesday 20th March, 2012 at 8:30 pm

    If only my hair would stay in a braid…

  • Reply cute_panda Tuesday 20th March, 2012 at 8:29 pm

    Fishtail braid!!!!

  • Reply Zerotolove Tuesday 20th March, 2012 at 8:28 pm

    Looooove braids! x

  • Legssss
    Reply Legssss Tuesday 20th March, 2012 at 8:15 pm

    one my fav hairstyles as well.

  • Reply sallync Tuesday 20th March, 2012 at 7:02 pm

    Very cute, very practical

  • Reply AmberB Tuesday 20th March, 2012 at 6:55 pm

    Love the loose side braid.

  • Reply ragdollbaby Tuesday 20th March, 2012 at 6:55 pm

    I like the messy braids. Great for a bad hair day πŸ˜‰

  • Reply lieuloves Tuesday 20th March, 2012 at 5:43 pm

    so pretty!

  • Reply Claireo Tuesday 20th March, 2012 at 5:18 pm

    I love a good braid!

  • Reply Sarahh Tuesday 20th March, 2012 at 4:55 pm

    Messy braids look lovely, but I definately think you need thick hair to get away with it

  • Zoe93
    Reply Zoe93 Tuesday 20th March, 2012 at 4:20 pm

    I love Diane Kruger’s hair πŸ™‚

  • Reply candicelee22 Tuesday 20th March, 2012 at 3:45 pm

    Love the messy braid

  • Reply Whatthe Tuesday 20th March, 2012 at 3:01 pm

    That’s the best I’ve seen it on anyone – looks great!

  • Reply diva_101 Tuesday 20th March, 2012 at 2:21 pm

    pretty!!!

  • Reply KNY Tuesday 20th March, 2012 at 2:16 pm

    Some are very nice, others I find are better suited to younger girls.

  • Reply Jenny Tuesday 20th March, 2012 at 2:15 pm

    beautiful!

  • Reply chrystal Tuesday 20th March, 2012 at 1:04 pm

    more reasons to grow my hair again

    • ellisonralph
      Reply ellisonralph Tuesday 20th March, 2012 at 1:24 pm

      seriously!

    • flossyfewclothes
      Reply flossyfewclothes Tuesday 20th March, 2012 at 8:50 pm

      ..Yeah I want my long hair back… 8-o

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