From festivals, to weddings, to sports and everyday style, braided hair is big, and Alchemy & I are experts at getting the look just right, no matter where you are going. There are hundreds of ways to braid all different types of hair to create your own, unique style.  Let’s look at some inspiration.

The Braiding Trend

The braiding trend has quietly taken over the hairstyle world with celebrities, influencers and stylist all working to create their own unique looks.  One thing that people love about braids is the soft waves they leave in your hair and the way you can make your look at neat or messy as you want.  From twisted braid updos to complex braids down the back, there’s a style for every taste – and every type of hair!

Braid Inspiration

If you have never had a braid in your hair or just stuck with something very simple, then there are a few styles to try to get the hang of the basics and start to learn what you like.

French Braids

French braids are one of the classics and can work with curly hair or straight.  Make sure your hair is as smooth as possible before you start.

  1. Use a rat-tail comb to section off a triangle of hair from your forehead to the crown
  2. Split this into three sections and braid them as normal, bringing in hair from the sides of the head each time you cross
  3. Keep braiding and adding sections from the side until you reach the end of the head them braid as normal and tie

Dutch Braids

Dutch braids are like an inside-out French braid and uses the same basic idea to prepare a section of hair.  Then rather than crossing sections of hair over each other and into the middle, you do the opposite.  You cross the sections underneath each other, pulling them inside to out.  This makes the braid stand out much more than a French braid.

Fishtail Braids

This style is great if you like the slightly messier, casual looks as it isn’t quite as formal as the other styles.  To start, comb your hair and divide into pigtails, clipping one section away while you braid.

Split the hair into half, holding both parts separate but in one hand.  With your finger, bring a small piece of hair from the outer part of the left section and cross it, joining it to the inside of the right section.  Do the same from the other side.  Keep doing this down the length of the hair and secure with elastic.  Then repeat on the other side.

If you want that slightly messy look, tug on the edges of the fishtails to make the braids looser and undone.

Hair Stylists Berkhamsted

These are just three of the hundreds of ideas for braiding your hair and shows you that you can create a look that suits your style and is unique to you.  Plus, braids work for almost any type of hair and even some for relatively short styles so everyone can have a go.