38 French Braid Hairstyles That Add Flair To Your Look

Braids have been really in style for a while. The French braid is a beautiful type of braid that we’ve been doing for ages! It may seem complicated, but is actually really easy. You just have to break it down, learn, and practice its few steps. Once you’ve mastered this braid, there are so many French braid hairstyles you can create! Here are some of our favorite ideas.

Vibrant Rainbow

Picture of a vibrant rainbow French braid
Instagram @uggoff

If you’ve got a spectacular color play like this then you definitely must show it off by wearing it in a flattering pigtail braid style like this one.

Mini French Braid With Blonde Highlights

Picture of a mini French braid with blonde highlights
Instagram @ray.voltage

This romantic updo starts with a thin braid that parts the hair and finishes with a looped low bun. Works well on hair with highlights that gives the whole style dimension and depth.

Elegant Updo for a Formal Event

Picture of an elegant French braided updo for formal event
Instagram @mrs.q.makeuphairnails

You can achieve this dazzling braided updo by curling your braid into a low chignon and adorning it with pretty flowers.

Long Blonde 4 Braid Twist

Picture of a long blonde 4 braid twist
Instagram @alannamariehair

Create a boho chic look from the basic French braid with these on-point four braids twisted into one. This cool ‘do is perfect for any summer day when you wanna feel the cool breeze on your skin.

Double Dutch Braid Ponytail

Picture of a double Dutch-French braid ponytail
Instagram @sweet__hairstyle

Perfect Double French Braid

Picture of a perfect double French braids
Instagram @love.hair.bar

Trendy Mermaid Braided Updo

Picture of a trendy mermaid French braided updo
Instagram @hairbykristenball

Edgy Viking Braids for a Party

Picture of an edgy viking French braid for a party
Instagram @hairsalon_houseofmann

Fun Golden Blonde Braided Ponytail

Picture of a fun golden blonde French braided ponytail
Instagram @jecin_svet_pletenica

Long French Braid Cornrows

Picture of a long French braid cornrows
Instagram @afro_kikice

Simple with Flower Pins

Picture of a simple with flower pins on a French braid
Instagram @kaycdoeshair

This casual braid is surely doable by anyone. Just create a loose braid around your head going down to one side and accessorize with cute pins.

Perfect Spring Braid

Picture of a perfect spring French braid
Instagram @hairbyleahnoel

Q&A with style creator, Leah Kooistra
Hairstylist @ Hair by Leah Noel in Lynden, WA

How would you describe this look?

I would describe this look as tousled Dutch braid which is a perfect style for a sunny day. I love that it is so easy to achieve yet still looks intricate.

Any advice for someone considering it?

This style would work with any type of hair that is shoulder length or longer. If your hair is very silky, try spraying a light hold hairspray or texture spray through your hair before braiding it. Pull a few pieces out around your face for a softer look. When doing a braided style, I always pull the braids apart to make the style look fuller.

This style transitions perfectly from a summer dress to something sporty like your gym clothes!

Twisted Platinum Blonde Updos

Picture of a twisted platinum blonde French braid updos
Instagram @jhair_stylist

Q&A with style creator, James Earnshaw
Cretive Director & Session Manager @ Bad Apple Hair in Birmingham, UK


How would you describe this look?

This is a cool twisted low knot with braided details. I love that it looks really simple and soft from the front, and has a lot of details and textures from the back. The elastic makes it very secure, so it will last all night.

Any advice for someone considering it?

This look works for anyone with mid-long hair. Key products were mousse (dried in first) for hold, and then a dry shampoo to achieve texture.

It also works great on a blonde, but if working on darker hair, use different colored elastic to show off the bow detail more.

I think this look could work for anyone who wears a luxe yet relaxed vibe.

Gorgeous Long Hair

Picture of a gorgeous long hair French braid
Instagram @gothg1rl37

Q&A with style creator, May Wuerdy
Hairstylist @ Great Clips in Cincinnati, OH


How would you describe this look?

I did a loose french braid on the right going from her temple to just past her ear, then braided it all the way down in a three strand. The other half, I kept loose because she gets headaches easily.

We did the standard french braid again, but when we got past the crown, I included three-strands on the right side into the braid and just continued to the bottom.

It only takes 6 minutes to do this cute little style without brushing.

Any advice for someone considering it?

Make sure the hair is well-brushed before, then brush the strands during styling to ensure a smooth braid.

If you are not confident doing it, ask for help so that the braid will not end up off center.

Have fun! Do what feels natural and what flows when you are braiding.

French Braid

Q&A with style creator, Natasha Mehmood
Hair & Makeup Artist @ Natasha’s Hair & Beauty in Swansea, UK


How would you describe this look?

This look is neat and simple. My favorite part of this hairstyle is curling the ends to give a perfect finish and putting both braids together to neaten up the middle part of the hair.

Any advice for someone considering it?

My advice would be to always use an anti-frizz serum beforehand, so it can be easier to handle the hair and the hair would fall into place as you like it. You should also use a hair protectant before curling the ends of the hair to avoid hair damage. I myself use the 7 in 1 hair anti-frizz serum by John Frieda which helps a lot and you can easily see how it helps.

I will also recommend doing this hairstyle on longer hair rather than short, as it won’t look very effective.

Vivid Rainbow Colors

Q&A with style creators
Erin Hriczak – Color & Vivid Specialist @ Lighten Up Salon and Spa in Budd Lake, NJ
Dana Dautel – Master Colorist & Stylist @The Parlour Room in  Marlton, NJ
Liz Cordis – Hair Artist @ Lemon and Lilac Studio in Sacramento, CA


How would you describe this look?

This look is carefree or easygoing. One of my favorite things about it is that it’s a look that looks better the more lived in it gets.

Because of the nature of these fashion colors fading from one shampoo to the next, this look is ideal for someone who enjoys the versatility. The number of washes can be limited when you are willing to experiment with style. Down one day, braided the next and then maybe followed up with a bun or dressy pony.

Any advice for someone considering it?

Go for it! It’s a low maintenance style that’s perfect for so many different occasions.

I always like to start with some sort of texture spray to give the hair some grip, making it easier to braid. Adding some loose beachy waves always adds a little something to this look as well. And depending on the occasion. braided looks like this can be dressed up or dressed down with some accessories. I’m always adding some sort of accessory depending on the look we’re going for.

Long with Fat Braids

Picture of a long hair with fat French braids
Instagram @prive_danielle

Q&A with style creator, Danielle Segura
Professional Hairstylist & Makeup Artist @ Hair Phases Salon in Rancho Cucamonga, CA


How would you describe this look?

This type of braid is called a Dutch braid. It has been pulled out for extra volume. My favorite thing about this braid is its versatility. You can wear it with an updo, or as a bridesmaid in a wedding, or simply just out on the town.

Any advice for someone considering it?

This type of braid fits best with clients who have a heavy head of hair, so keep that in mind when contemplating this look. Extensions can be added for fullness in the hair to accomplish this Dutch braid. This side braid is perfect for those who still want to wear their hair down, but not have to worry about hair in their face.

Pink Roots

Picture of a pink roots and French braid
Instagram @themintdoor

Q&A with style creator, Rosalie Arave
Hairstylist @ The Mint Door Salon in Ogden, UT


How would you describe this look?

This pretty pink dutch braid is one of my favorites. I love the pop of pink and illusion of thickness from the braids!

Any advice for someone considering it?

Anyone considering this color needs to know it takes a lot of care, money, and maintenance. Vibrant and pastel colors fade quickly and icy blonde usually comes with some damage if the process isn’t taken slowly. Clients with dark hair (and even some with light hair) will require sessions to achieve this look.

Maintenance touch-ups of this color are about 4-6 weeks and require a lot of attention at home in between.

Use color protecting shampoo and conditioner, cold water when washing, washing only 1-3 times per week, thermal protection product, and an anti-brass shampoo to keep the blonde icy.

The client in this picture works as a nurse for a company who doesn’t allow bright colors all over the hair. That’s why we opted for a pop of color in the root so she can still be professional, but have fun hair at the same time!

The Dutch braids are a fun and easy style for almost any length that’s longer than chin length (this client has mid-neck length hair), and will last all day long with the right products. I used a soft hold styling cream and medium hold hairspray.

It’s a perfect style for anyone with a job that requires the hair to be pulled back or just for a fun upstyle to keep the hair out of your face.

Updo With Honey Blonde Highlights

Q&A with style creator, Teetee
Licensed Hair Designer @ Hair By Teetee in Lone Tree, CO


How would you describe this look?

This is three simple French braids and I like the curvy partings to it.

Any advice for someone considering it?

It’s an easy protective style to keep up, just wrap it at night. It’s also good for someone who works out a lot as the client in the picture does and hasn’t sweated it out yet. You don’t have to do much with it. The most you may need is a little holding spray for fly always every now and then and maybe a little shine spray.

Simple Versatile Braided Updo

Picture of a simple versatile french braided updo
Instagram @theupdogirl

Q&A with style creator, Ellie Ferrari
Wedding & Occasion Hair Specialist @ The Updo Girl in Exeter, Devon


How would you describe this look?

I would describe this style as a simple versatile braided updo. It looks more complicated than it is! It is the perfect day to night hairstyle because you can wear it to work with a couple of cute clips or a bandana, or alternatively wear it looser with relaxed curls to frame the face for the evening.

My favorite thing about the look is the texture the braids create and how it looks so pretty from every angle.

Any advice for someone considering it?

This look is great for those of you with thick hair as the braids will keep it really secure. However, this would work for all hair types, you just need to ensure you pull on the braids to create more fullness if needed.

I definitely suggest using a texturizing powder such as the Sexy Hair Powder Play Lite to give you a better hold on the hair. This is essential for those of you with silky locks. My top tip for this style is to section in a zig-zag. This helps to achieve the more relaxed and imperfect look that we want from this style.

Braided Topknot

Q&A with style creator, Hadley Kruse
Hairstylist @ Stephen Alan Salon in Yorkville, IL


How would you describe this look?

The best thing about this braided topknot is its versatility! The style can be worn with every hair type, and you can easily dress it up with little pins as pictured here. It is a super quick style that can dress up any look, whether it be on freshly washed or second-day hair.

Any advice for someone considering it?

This style is for any age or lifestyle and a Dutch or French braid can be used for this look. Adding a little tease to the ponytail before wrapping it into a bun is a great way to get some volume and texture.

I love to use Paul Mitchell Sugar Tease texture spray to add a little grip to the bun and to the waves for a piece-y look. I also layer Paul Mitchell Sugar Dry Conditioner to add shine and softness to the waves!\. Overall, this versatile look is fabulous for all ages!

Side Braid with Hollywood Waves

Side Braid with Hollywood Waves hairstyle
Instagram @liezelstyles

Q&A with style creator, Liezel Asi
Owner / Hair Designer / Braider @ Liezel Styles in Bay Area, CA


How would you describe this look?

This look has a side braid with Hollywood waves. My favorite thing about this look is the French braid combo with the braid instead of using a hair accessory.

Any advice for someone considering it?

This is a very edgy look. This look is perfect if you have a very outgoing personality or if you are considering a side ‘do or all down hairstyle that is loose and not so uptight and curly.

Overall, this would be a perfect look for a bride, bridesmaid, or if you want to stand out for any special event.

New Modern Bun

Q&A with style creator, Jill Renate Liland
Hairdresser in Tromso, Norway


How would you describe this look?

I would describe the look as a new modern bun. It gives you the creative freedom of a modern hairstyle.

I love the way you can make a half updo into this cool, Friday night look. It’s a chic alternative to the typical prom/bridesmaid look for updos. And the best thing is that it’s easy! Just let your mind be creative.

Any advice for someone considering it?

The important thing for this look is the prep. If the hair is too soft and shiny, it can be really hard to braid. Beach spray is perfect! Create the braids and then tease the hair in the high ponytail for the massive volume. The bigger the better.Then you get the cool texture for the perfect bun look.

When you create this look, hairspray is your best friend. Use a hairspray that’s not too hard. You want the hold but not too much rigidity.

This look is cool on straight, curly, or wavy hair, but my favorite is waves like you see here. You can make it rock with long or short hair. Just be creative!

Youthful Braid

Youthful Braid hairstyle
Instagram @lucygluna1

Q&A with style creator, Lucy Espinoza
Hair Designer @ The Salon in Los Alamitos, CA


How would you describe this look?

So I described this look as a trendy and youthful braid.

My favorite thing about it is that I learned this technique when I was 12 years old and I still love to French braid!

Any advice for someone considering it?

Anyone with short or medium length hair could wear this look. Depending on the occasion, the bun on the top could be more or less messy, and you can add some beach waves.

Don’t forget to add Unite Texturing Hairspray and R+Co Glossing Wax for the braids.

Urban Braids

Urban Braids hairstyle
Instagram @beautybyy_mel

Q&A with style creator, Melissa Labios
Hairstylist / Student @ Paul Mitchell the School in Tampa, FL


How would you describe this look?

I would describe this look as not merely a French braid, but more of a Dutch braid with the braid more exposed.

My favorite thing about this look is not only just the braid, but also the blue color that she already had. The color brings out the braid more in detail. This braid is basically a cornrow.

Any advice for someone considering it?

This is a very tight braid that requires a lot of tension. Many girls who prefer this tight of a French or Dutch braid like to have the braid very tight on the scalp.

I recommend using some type of gel while braiding to maintain flyaways and calm frizz. The gel could be used on each section while braiding, and also right before the braiding starts. This will give the braid more detail.

This look fits coarse or curly hair and is perfect for any girl who loves an urban braid.

Romantic & Playful

Q&A with style creator, Sintija Sayda
Hair Colorist & Stylist @ My Cut in Rumelange, Luxembourg


How would you describe this look?

This is a romantic and playful look. It is ideal for a special occasion or the perfect way to spice up an everyday look.

My favorite thing about it is that it is so versatile. It is fits every woman whether you are younger or older, sporty or chic.

Any advice for someone considering it?

Since anyone can wear this look, the client is free to choose to wear it with their natural hair, iron curls, beach waves, or straight hair. You could also wear it with one French braid or one on each side.

To create this look, I used the Ghd straightener to create the curls and parted a small triangle on the upper part of the head to hide the hairpins of the French braids I would create. I then braided the front part to my liking, pinned them down, let the small section of hair fall over the bobby pins, then fixed everything with my favorite hairspray by Tigi.

Avatar Feline Meets Bride-to-Be

Avatar Feline Meets Bride-to-Be hairstyle
Instagram @rudeb123

Q&A with style creator, Ashley Murphy
Hairstylist @ Phenix Salon Suites in Lakewood, CA


How would you describe this look?

I described this look as “Avatar Feline Meets Bride-to-Be”. It’s so bold but classy, adventurous but still subtle.

I like the fact we incorporated three different types of braids to make one awesome piece of art.

Any advice for someone considering it?

My suggestion to anyone wanting this look is to OWN IT. It only took minutes to do and is a great and easy way to stand out on the go.

Braid Full of Happiness

Braid Full of Happiness hairstyle
Instagram @lynaeatcmss

Q&A with style creator, Lynae Ashley
Stylist @ Carol Martin Salon Spa in Tallmadge, OH


How would you describe this look?

I would describe this look as a very loose, colorful braid that is full of happiness.

My favorite thing about it is how you can see every last bit of color I put in it. I purposely gave her a looser braid so that everything was reflected.

Any advice for someone considering it?

My best advice would be to use more dry shampoo and physically shampoo less. You’re going to get more out of your fashion colors the less you shampoo. I definitely recommend using a color-safe, sulfate-free shampoo when you do shampoo!

As far as the style goes, definitely flaunt a looser braid so you can see all the blends of the colors meshed together!

The Original

This is a classic French braid which neatly pulls the hair away from the face and keeps it in place.

Classic French Braid Hairstyle

How To Style:

  1. Take a large section of hair from the top center of your head.
  2. Separate this section into three strands.
  3. Take the strand on the left and cross it to the center.
  4. Take the strand on the right and cross it to the new center.
  5. Take the new strand on the left to the center, but this time incorporate hair on the side of it that was not included in the initial large section created.
  6. Take the new strand on the right to the center, but this time incorporating hair on the side of it that was not included in the initial large section created.
  7. Repeat steps 5 and 6 until you read the nape and there is no more loose hair to incorporate into the braid.
  8. Continue doing a regular three-strand braid by alternating crossing the left and right strand to the center until there is no more hair left to braid.
  9. Secure with an elastic.
  10. Tame flyaways and secure the style with a finishing spray.

Recommended Products:

Applying a product like Spray Wax before braiding will keep hair together, neat, and more controllable during braiding.

Face Shapes and Hair Types:

Oval face shapes with hair that has medium to high density and any texture will suit this hairstyle.

The Side

This style is a classic French braid that is braided over the top and to the side.

Classic Side French Braid Hairstyle

How To Style:

  1. Instead of doing a classic French braid down the center of your head, work down the side of your head. The easiest way to picture this step is by visually moving the center part of your hair to whichever side you want.
  2. Secure with an elastic band.
  3. Tame flyaways and secure the style with a finishing spray.

Recommended Products:

Applying a serum like Gloss Drops before braiding will give the hair a lot of shine.

Face Shapes and Hair Types:

Oval face shapes with hair that has medium to high density and any texture will suit this hairstyle.

Both Sides

This style has two French braids on each side that both end with smooth, silky ponytails.

French Braid Hairstyles with Smooth Ponytails

How To Style:

  1. Apply a styling product to wet hair.
  2. Blow dry the hair smooth with a large round brush.
  3. Part the hair.
  4. Do a French braid on one side until you reach the nape.
  5. Secure the braid with an elastic.
  6. Do a French braid on the other side until you reach the nape.
  7. Secure the braid with an elastic.
  8. Curl each ponytail using a larg barrel iron.
  9. Set the style with a finishing spray.

Recommended Products:

Hold Me Tight will give this hair a long-lasting flexible hold.

Face Shapes and Hair Types:

Oval face shapes with hair that has medium to high density and medium to coarse texture will suit this hairstyle.

The Dutch Braid

This style is similar to a classic French braid, but it is an inside-out version of it! This one in particular is braided to the headshape and then flows into a ponytail of cascading curls.

Inside Out French Braid with Curls French Braid Hairstyles

How To Style:

  1. Apply thermal protection to dry hair.
  2. Curl sections of hair using a large barrel iron.
  3. Do a classic French braid, but instead of crossing strands over the center, cross under the center.
  4. Once you reach the nape, secure the braid with an elastic or bobby pins.
  5. Set the style with a finishing spray.

Recommended Products:

Hot Off The Press is a thermal protection spray and hairspray in one.

Face Shapes and Hair Types:

Oval face shapes with hair that has medium to high density and medium to coarse texture will suit this hairstyle.

The Side Band

This pretty hairstyle features a Dutch braid created on one side of the hairline that blends into beautiful curls.

Dutch Braid Side Band with Curls

How To Style:

1. Apply thermal protection to dry hair.

2. Create a deep side part.

3. Create a Dutch braid two to three inches from the hairline on the heavier side of the part.

4. One your reach behing the ear, secure the braid with an elastic band.

5. Set the style with a finishing spray.

Recommended Products:

Hold Me Tight will give the hair a long-lasting flexible hold.

Face Shapes and Hair Types:

Longer face shapes with hair that has medium to high density and medium to coarse in texture will suit this hairstyle.

The Tiara Braid

Incorporating a braid to an updo is a great way to add interest and more detail to the overall style. This one in particular mimics a tiara!

Updo with Tiara Braid Updo with Tiara Braid Back View

How To Style:

  1. Create a Dutch braid from one side of the head, across the top, and to the other side by the hairline or by the fringe area.
  2. Secure with an elastic band.
  3. Tease the crown area.
  4. Secure it with a firm hold spray and bobby pins.
  5. Gather all the loose hair into a high ponytail and secure with an elastic band.
  6. Apply thermal protection to the ponytail.
  7. Curl sections of hair in the ponytail using a small barrel iron.
  8. Pin the ends of the conrow underneath the ponytail.
  9. Set the style using a firm hold spray.

Recommended Products:

Extra-Body Finishing Spray is a great hairspray for updos like this one!

Face Shapes and Hair Types:

Wider face shapes with hair that has medium to high density and medium to coarse texture will suit this hairstyle.

The Accent Braid

A small side French braid takes this gorgeous updo of cascading curls to another level.

Updo with Curls and Side Braid

How To Style:

  1. Apply thermal protection to dry hair.
  2. Curl sections of hair using a small barrel iron.
  3. Create a side Dutch braid two to three inches from the hairline.
  4. Secure with an elastic band.
  5. Gather the rest of the hair into a high ponytail and secure with an elastic band.
  6. Pin the hair on the ponytail that is close to its base up and foward to the hair on top of the head.
  7. Secure the style with a firm finishing spray.

Recommended Products:

Extra-Body Finishing Spray is great for giving updos long-lasting hold.

Face Shapes and Hair Types:

Wider face shapes with hair that has medium to high density and medium to coarse texture will suit this hairstyle.

The Braidhawk

French braiding the hair on the sides tightly against the head shape helps give the illusion of a mohawk.

Mohawk Hairstyle with Side Braids Mohawk Hairstyle with Side Braids Side View

How To Style:

  1. Apply thermal protection to hair.
  2. Wrap sections of hair around a medium-sized barrel curling iron.
  3. Gather the hair below the occipital bone into a low ponytail and secure with an elastic band.
  4. Dutch braid the hair that is one to two inches above that on both sides and secure with an elastic band.
  5. Create two more of the same size Dutch braids above this.
  6. Tease the hair left on top of the head and let the rest of the hair fall backwards.
  7. Secure with a firm hold finishing spray.

Recommended Products:

Extra-Body Finishing Spray gives styles like this a strong weightless hold.

Face Shapes and Hair Types:

Longer face shapes with hair that has medium to high density and medium to coarse texture will suit this hairstyle.

Cornrows

So you’ve learned how to French braid and learned a variation called the Dutch braid. Cornrows are another variation! Instead of adding new hair to the strands on the left and right, you add a strand to the center as well. Having conrows braided sleek against the head makes the texture next to it look bigger.

Braid Hairstyle with Cornrows and Curls Braid Hairstyle with Cornrows and Curls Back View

How To Style:

  1. Create a parting on the hair.
  2. Create cornrows backwards on one side by braiding and incorporating new hair to the left, center, and right strands as you go.
  3. Secure with an elastic band.
  4. Create cornrows going diagonally backwards on the other side and secure with elastic bands.
  5. Wrap sections of the loose hair around an extra small barrel curling iron.
  6. Separate the curls with fingers.
  7. Lightly tease the hair with fingers to create more texture.
  8. Set the style with a finishing spray.

Recommended Products:

Extra-Body Finishing Spray will give this style a strong and weightless hold.

Face Shapes and Hair Types:

Longer face shapes with hair that has medium to high density and medium to coarse texture will suit this hairstyle.

The Waterfall Braid

Take your French braiding skills to another level by creating a popular waterfall braid.

Curly Hairstyle with Waterfall Braid Curly Hairstyle with Waterfall Braid Back View

How To Style:

  1. Begin with hair that has been curled.
  2. Take a section on one side of the head and divide it into three pieces.
  3. Cross the left strand over the center strand.
  4. Cross the right strand over the center strand and drop it.
  5. Cross the left strand over the center strand.
  6. Get new hair in place of the right strand that was dropped and cross it over the center strand.
  7. Work your way to the back of the head repeating steps 2 to 6 and secure it with an elastic band.
  8. Do the same for the other side.
  9. Remove the elastic band from the other side and join both sides together by braiding them.
  10. Secure the braid with an elastic band.

Recommended Products:

Hold Me Tight will give this hairstyle a long-lasting flexible hold.

Face Shapes and Hair Types:

All face shapes with hair that has medium to high density and medium to coarse in texture will suit this hairstyle.

Once you master the classic French braid, you can learn different variations of it such as the Dutch braid, cornrows, and the waterfall braid. Don’t limit yourself to just these! Once your learn how to French braid, this skill will allow you to create many different types of braids that you can incorporate into many different hairstyles. Enjoy these fun French braid hairstyles!