Braids are very versatile, beautiful, and convenient when it comes to styling choices. All of these reasons have compelled us to put together a list of the prettiest braid hairstyles for long hair which you will just love wearing!
Also, in case you did not know, braids are among the oldest hairstyles in human history. In ancient times, they used to be worn by both men and women and, even though we can now see a return of this in the form of man braids, they are still considered a predominantly feminine hairstyle.
1. The Three-Strand Braid
The simplest way to braid hair is the classic three-strand braid. You can learn to do it by yourself in no time and even move on to more complex styles after that. Also, search for some online tutorials that show every step of the process to make things easier.
2. The Fishtail Crown Braid
Crown braids are a natural and organic way of embellishing your hair without having to wear any extra accessories. Obviously, you can sport any type of braid, but a fishtail is usually preferred for its visual effect.
3. The Flower Crown Braid
You can also embellish your beautiful braid with a flower crown if you’re going to a wedding, prom, or a music festival, for example. Choose the type of flowers and their colors based on your hair shade and attire for the best results.
4. Sea Colors and Braid Hairstyle for Long Hair
We are absolutely mesmerized by the coloring of this braid style. It’s an ombre that features a gradient of sea colors starting with ocean blue and ending in seafoam. You can even see a bit of teal in there.
5. The Messy Bridal Braid
Whimsical brides who love themed weddings and lace wedding dresses will definitely adore this messy braid style. To make it all the prettier, it was embellished with a bridal hair vine that features baby breath flowers all the way down to close to the tips of the locks.
6. Braided Wedding Hairstyle
This three-tiered look is another of the prettiest braid hairstyles for long that you can wear at a wedding, be it your own or one that you will be attending. The first tier is a flower crown with pearls and metallic leaves, the second one is the 3-strand braid, and the last tier is the waterfall braid.
7. Boho Braid Hairstyles for Long Hair
Bohemian hairstyles often include real flowers instead of artificial ones or hair accessories that mimic them. That’s exactly the case with this triple-tiered messy crown braid that is studded with small, pink garden roses.
8. Simple Bridal Braid Style
This braided bridal hairstyle has two decorative elements. One is the long, white satin ribbon at the back of the head – which stands for purity and innocence – while the other is a gold leaf headband that you can wear like a crown on one of the most important days of your life.
9. The French Braid – A Complex Version
This is an intricate French braid or a very interesting take on one of the classic and most common braids styles women wear on a daily basis. You can learn to do it as well, especially since it will look good even if it’s a bit messy.
10. The Casual Braid
Braids are perfect if you’re ever in a rush and don’t know what to do with your hair or if you’re simply having a bad hair day. Plus, we all know that long hair can sometimes be stubbornly unruly and difficult to manage, so why not go for this simple fix?
11. The Thigh Length Braid
Here’s a hairstyle that’s not for the faint of heart. Thigh-length hair looks spectacular, but it’s exceptionally difficult to take care of or style. Therefore, you should really think this one through before you make the decision of buying thigh-length extensions or leaving your hair grow that long.
12. Ombre Braids
If long hair is exceptionally good at one thing when it comes to color, that’s ombre. Nothing highlights this color trend better than long locks. Admire here a classic brown to blonde ombre that has been colored to perfection!
13. Powder Blue Braids
Unconventional hair colors are one of the biggest trends right now, at least color-wise. In fact, this styling craze has gotten so big that most major brands have had to come up with special drug store dyes that you can safely use at home to more easily get the intended shade.
14. Spectacular Snake Braid
This is not one of those braids for long hair that you can get on your own, but the results are so spectacular, that it will definitely be worth asking for some help for it. This is a snake braid that winds its way from the top of the head all across the back. The beautiful emerald green hair color makes it all the more intriguing.
15. Braided Pink Hairstyle
A true beauty queen has probably already dyed her locks pink at least once. So in case you are already feeling pink or on the way there, take at the way this hair is styled. While the rhinestone hair accessory is optional, the braids are not as they make for one cool way of showing off that pink hair.
16. Beautiful Braid Hairstyle
This complicated weave will turn heads wherever you go. It has a simple three-strand braid in the middle and several separate and delicate strands loosely interwoven with it. This is the type of braid updo that even elves might wear.
17. The Loose Fishtail Braid
If you want to copy this hairstyle, just create a simple fishtail braid that starts at the nape of your neck and then pull it gently apart using only your fingers. Then apply some hairspray to keep it all in place.
18. Messy Low Braid
Here’s another example of low braid hairstyles for long hair. This is a messy one that will look especially pretty if you happen to be wearing a backless dress. Use a comb to pull a few strands out of the front for a face-framing effect.
19. The Comb-Over Braid
This is a jumbo French braid that started off with a deep side part. All the hair was then pulled to one side and used to create this amazing silver braid. We’re betting that selfie will be a hit on Instagram.
20. Rose Braid Hairstyle
This one-of-a-kind ‘do will require both patience, time, and skills, as it’s one of the more complicated dos out there. It starts with a bun in the shape of a blooming rose followed by a bubble braid that represents the rose’s stem. It has a boho chic feel to it that nonetheless makes it perfect for any occasion.
21. Cool Braid Hairstyle – Glitter Roots and Braided Buns
Can it get any cooler than this? Hair glitter was and somehow continues being a major hair trend. This braid updo was everywhere on Instagram and Twitter, especially during festival season and the summertime. It looks amazing, especially when combined with braided space buns.
22. Romantic Braid Hairstyle for Long Curly Hair
There’s something extremely romantic about braided curly hair, isn’t there? The one above, for example, looks like it came straight out of a Jane Austen novel. To take things a little bit further, also add a cute hair bow to hide away the hair tie.
23. The Fauxhawk Braid
Braided fauxhawks are the contemporary take on the traditional punk rock hairstyle of the 70s and 80s. Instead of shaving the sides of the head and styling up the rest in spikes, opt for a volumized braid to replace them.
24. Cute Braid Hairstyle
These two braids end in an elegant low chignon at the back of the head. This can be created using a classic hair donut or, for lack of one, a sock. There are several tutorials on YouTube that can teach you how to do it.
25. Messy Ponytail with Braids
The great thing about braids is that you can use them to jazz up an everyday hairstyle such as the ponytail. There are several ways to do so, but above, we decided to show you what a braided top can look like.
Check out this list of cool tight rubber bands hairstyles too to see how you can make hair accessories one of the focal points of a hairstyle!
26. Braids with Blue Highlights
Braids are also amazing for showcasing highlights. If you have long, straight hair with highlights, they might not always shine in the way you want them to. However, if you braid your hair, then the layering created will put the spotlight on the color.
27. The Front Half-Crown Braid
Here’s a romantic hairstyle that will look amazing on date night, for Valentine’s Day, or even at a wedding. It’s a half-crown braid that is side-parted and which goes over the hair instead of going under it, as usual.
28. The Rainbow Braid
Peekaboo highlights are so very cool these days, and very practical too. This version is all about a set of rainbow peekaboos that go underneath the hair and which can be hidden away, if need be. To highlight them, braid just the top tier of strands into a wonderful fishttail braid.
29. Elegant Braid Hairstyle
This is a twirled braid that runs diagonally across the head in a messy yet elegant way. You can tie the loose ends with a black piece of ribbon which will make it look even more romantic and elegant.
30. The Double-Crown Braid
Speaking of twirls, if you’re a fan, then go for this double crown that ends in a thin French braid. Bear in mind that extreme shades of blonde are very much in this season, so platinum, silver, or iceberg are the way to go too!
31. Natural Braid Hairstyle in Half Up
Braids are such a beloved hairstyle because they are easy to pull off. If you need a quick style or if just you like all things natural, all you need to do is run your fingers through your hair with a bit of leave-in conditioner and then braid it in a half-up style while leaving the rest of the hair free-flowing.
32. The Christmas Braid
Here’s a cool idea for the winter holidays. If you’re going to have a big bash for Christmas or even a costume party, you can decorate your braid with fairy lights. Make sure that they are wireless before you buy them and give them a long test run before you wear them. If they do not overheat after a few hours, they should be safe to wear for a couple of hours.
33. Coffee and Cream Braids
This color combination is called coffee and cream for a good and obvious reason. It’s a very stark and extreme mix of black and white which is enhanced by the two voluminous braids on thick hair.
34. Versatile Double Crown Braid Hairstyles for Long Hair
Crown braids remain one of the most beloved hairstyles of the past few years. Girls all over the world wear them on a day to day basis as well as for special events and its easy to see why. There are so many ways to style them and you can even go for multiple crown braids, as you can see in this photo.
35. Twin Braid Hairstyles for Long Hair
Braids are such a versatile style that you can virtually do anything you want with them. All you have to do is put your creativity to work (or browse through this article for ideas)! Take this twin braid style, for example, that reunites them only to separate the braids again.
36. Metallic Rings and Braids
Another hype trend that made its way across the world thanks to various celebrities is the one with hair rings for braids. You can buy a set or more of these little beauties to decorate your braids for a truly fierce warrior look.
37. No-Fuss Side Braid Hairstyle
Side braids are perfect because they are the definition of ‘a little goes a long way.’ They only take a few minutes to do but the result is spectacular! You can pair them with beach waves or sweetheart curls for a more boho look.
38. Crown Braid with Fancy Headband
Crown braids can also easily be coupled with hair accesories such as headbands too. This is the perfect addition to a bohemian look and even for a wedding hairstyle, especially if you plan on getting married in a natural setting.
39. Rope Braid Hairstyles for Long Hair
The rope braid gets its name from the braiding style that gives the locks a rope-like look. This means that it is made of two strands instead of the typical three or four (or more) and that it’s also larger and looser than traditional braids.
40. Braided Prom Hairstyle
Braids can be more than suitable for prom night as long as you know how to properly style them. This, for example, is a fishtail braid that was pulled apart until it became its jumbo version. We love the blonde dip-dye at the bottom as well as the stunning champagne-colored gown.
41. The Beyonce Braid
Now let’s take a look at some celebrities who have embraced braid hairstyles for long hair. Here’s Beyonce who opted for a fierce blonde three-strand braid. She used extensions to pull off this look and rock it!
42. The Nicole Kidman Braid
Undeniably, this siren of the silver screen looks picture perfect at this red carpet event as her choice of a casual braid with bohemian pearl earrings was a very fortunate one. This wavy look is also closer to Nicole Kidman’s true hair type (she is a curly-haired gal).
43. The Blake Lively Braid
Whenever Blake Lively steps on the red carpet, the world gasps. Her husband, Ryan Reynolds, once called her ‘the Beyonce of red carpets.’ She simply can do no wrong, as proven here by this messy high braid and those fantastic theatrical flame earrings with gigantic rubies.
44. The Emma Stone Braid
Actress Emma Stone with her incredible red hair and braid hairstyles for long hair are a match made in hair heaven. She looks chic and effortlessly pretty with a red and pink makeup that matches her baby doll pink dress. Who ever said redheads couldn’t wear pink?
45. The Olivia Wilde Braid
Olivia Wilde put multiple braid styles to good use for this red carpet appearance as she opted for a low chignon made entirely out of three-strand braids and styled in an almost rose-like fashion.
46. The Emma Watson Braid
Another natural cutie pie that feels right at home with a casual hairstyle like a messy side braid is Emma Watson. Here, she is also sporting a set of choppy and unruly baby bangs which she pushed to the sides to leave her forehead free.
47. Ariana Grande’s Braided Space Buns
We hardly ever see singer Ariana Grande without her signature high and long ponytail hairstyle. But when she does change it, she opts for other cool braid hairstyles for long hair. For example, here she is with a pair of braided space buns in a half up, half down hairstyle.
48. The Amber Heard Braid
Leave it to the outstandingly beautiful Amber Heard to combine bohemian side braids with messy glamour on the red carpet. The color combination here deserves some appreciation too: the white dress acts as a canvas for her deep red lipstick and the bright green emerald earrings.
49. Jennifer Lawrence’s Unforgettable Braid
Here’s a throwback pic of Jennifer Lawrence from the days when she sported brown hair. You can use this look as inspiration for your wedding, whether you’re the bride or the maid of honor too!
50. Amanda Seyfried’s Warrior Braids
Even though she usually goes for a sweet and innocent look, here, Amanda Seyfried went for a fierce look thanks to those bold warrior braids. She looks as if she’s about to command troops in battle. Go, Amanda!
As you can see from our article, braids hairstyles for long hair are truly versatile and can fit all hair types and personalities!
The most popular braid hairstyles for long hair include French braids, Dutch braids, fishtail braids, double braids, crown braids, side braids, rope twisted braids, pull through braids, and messy braids. But you can also wear numerous half up braid styles as well as braided updos.
So check them all out and let us know which one is your favorite in the comment section below!