Types of Braids Every Girl Should Know

Braids are an amazing way to keep hair looking fresh and stylish. They can be used to change up your look, or they can be used as a protective style like a braid out or flat twist! With so many different braids out there, it's hard to know which ones are the best braids for you. Here are the types of braids every girl should know!

Braids are an easy way to style your hair, but there are many different types of braids you can try! Discover which kinds of braids work best with your hairstyle in this article.


Braids are great for girls of all ages. Today, there are so many types of braids to choose from, it's hard to know what style to go with. Whether you prefer traditional medium-sized braids or small skinny braids, this article will help you figure out which is best for you.

Traditional Braids

Traditional braiding styles are some of the most popular. This includes a French braid and a Dutch braid. The difference between these two braids is that the French braid features three strands and the Dutch braid has four strands. If you're just starting out, both of these styles are great options because they can be done without any heat or chemicals.

Basic French Braid

The French braid is a basic hairstyle that most girls are familiar with. It is a versatile braid that can be worn in different lengths and looks. To get the basic French braid, start by parting your hair into three sections and begin French braiding from the back of your head to the front. Make sure to pull the left section over before adding it to the right section and then move on to the next section by pulling it over as well. Continue until you have reached your desired length for your braid and then secure with an elastic band at the end.

Fishtail Braid

A fishtail braid is a styling technique that consists of braiding hair in such a way that the end result looks like a long fish tail. To do this braid, start by parting your hair in two sections down the middle. Take one section and cross it over the other. Then, take a small piece of hair from each side and cross them over again. Keep repeating this crossing pattern until you reach the end of both sections of your hair where they meet. Next, bring the left piece over to form a loop on the right and vice versa. Finally, tuck each loop underneath the second half to finish off the braid and secure with an elastic band or hair tie.

Dutch Braid

A Dutch braid is a variation of the three-strand braid that involves pinning up all but the section in the middle. The hair is then braided into six parts, with the outside two parts pinned up to complete the style. It's a perfect way to add a little volume to short hair and it looks great when paired with messy waves or curls.

Three Strand Braid

A three strand braid is the easiest type of braid and can be done with any hair length. To do a three strand braid, divide your hair into three sections and then hold it together with one hand. Next, take the piece closest to you and cross it over the middle piece. Then grab the piece on the other side and cross it over the middle section as well. Now you have a three strand braid that can be different lengths depending on how long you want your braid to be.

Single Dutch Braid

One of the most popular braids, a single Dutch braid is created by separating hair into three sections. Two strands from the left section are then taken over to the right section, and then one strand from the left section is brought over to the right. This process is repeated until all strands are used. The final result is a very full braid that has some volume at the end thanks to the extra pieces of hair along the bottom.

Upside down Dutch Braid

The upside down Dutch braid is an easy braided hairstyle that is perfect for a girl's night out. It's not too difficult to do, and can be styled with some hairspray and a mini curler. The upside down Dutch braid will give your hair a glamorous appearance for the night.

Simple Updo with a Twist

A simple updo with a twist is perfect for the girl who wants to get out of bed, wear minimal makeup and still look hot. All you need is one bobby pin and a little bit of creativity. The first step is to take your hair and pull it all back and then gather it into a ponytail. Next, wrap your hair around the ponytail pulling it through the hole. This will create two loops on either side of your head that you can now use as the base for your up-do. Finally, just secure it with the bobby pin by twisting it around your hair and holding in place with one hand while securing it with twists of hair from both hands.

Double French Braids with a Twist

A double French braid is a beautiful and classic braid that can be done on wet or dry hair. Start by dividing your hair into two, then take a small section of hair from the outside of your head and cross it over to the inside. French braid up toward the crown of the head, securing with an elastic. Take a piece from the middle of your left side and cross it over to the other side to start combining an old-school style with something new.

Plait Braids

Plait braids are braided in a way that makes it look like a single braid. Instead of two, three or four pieces of hair woven together with a comb, the hair is simply divided into sections and woven using only one hand. This style is usually seen on African Americans and it gives off a sleek and simple look.

Rope Braid

A rope braid is a hairstyle that is perfect for those with long and thick hair. It's also the easiest tutorial to follow! The steps are as follows:

  • Take a section of hair from the side and make a high ponytail.
  • Split the hair in half and tie it together with an elastic band.
  • Cross one half of your hair over the other, placing one on each shoulder, so that they're both in front of you.
  • Twist each section of hair in opposite directions away from your face and cross them again.
  • Carefully grab the ends of both sections and twist the ends together, bringing them back to the center of your head.
  • Pull it tight so that it stays put and secure with elastic or bobby pins if needed. This braid will be at the nape of your neck when finished!

Lace Braid

A lace braid is perfect for when you want to keep your hair tamed but still look put together. It's also a great option when you don't have enough time to do a full hairstyle, but still want to feel glamorous. To make the braid, start with a ponytail and then divide the hair into three sections. Then, cross the left strand over the center one and under the right one. Finally, take a small piece of hair from the bottom and pull it up over the center strand and tuck it in front of the middle section.

Ladder Braid

The ladder braid is a popular hair style. It's quick and easy to do, and it can be done with either two or three sections of hair. All you need to do is follow these steps: Separate the sections of hair into pairs. Twist one section under the other and then alternate twisting the first section over the second. Keep twisting until the braid is as long as you want it to be. Secure with an elastic or ponytail elastic.

Lattice Braid

A Lattice Braid is a braid that is made up of narrow braids. It has the same basic structure as a French braid, but the strands are looser and narrower. To get this type of braid, divide your hair into three sections. Begin by taking a small strand from one section and cross it over to the next section. Take another small strand from the section where you just crossed it and cross it over to the new section you're working on. Repeat this step until you've come full circle back to the starting section.

Crochet Braids

Crochet braids are also called box braids. They're very similar to traditional crochet, but they have a much tighter knit that creates smoother looking styles. These types of box braids are often used on African-American children because they're so durable and take long to unravel. They can last up to six months with proper care and maintenance.


When it comes to styling, the best type of braid for you is based on the look that you want. For example, if you want a textured, messy braid then fishtail braids may be more appropriate. If you want a tight, undone braid then French braids are your go-to. Whatever kind of braid you're looking for, there are many styles to choose from.

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