Different Braids: 6 Ways to Elevate Your Braid Game

In case you haven’t noticed, this summer it’s all about different braids. Fishtail braids, regular braids, French braids, braided buns, milkmaid braids, braided updos. You get the picture. Seldom are people sporting plain ol’ braids, though.

Nope — people are taking your everyday version of the three-strand braid and turning the volume up all the way to 11. With the help of some of the ‘net’s best hair gurus — including The Beauty Department, A Beautiful Mess and The Zoe Report — we’re teaching you six ways to take your braid to the next level.

String Weaver Braid Tutorial

Lauren Conrad’s The Beauty Department has been doing a series of “summer braids” and braid number five, which incorporates extra materials into your ‘do — is probably our favorite yet. The color! The texture! The simplicity! The best part is that TBD gives lots of suggests for different materials you can wrap your braid with. For example, they suggest embroidery floss, rope trim, silk ribbon, glittery ribbon and lots more. Get the full tutorial on the website. String Weaver Different Braid

Tucked Braid Updo

This casual-meets-clever braid is certainly a contender for your arsenal of go-to hairstyles. It comes to you from the lovely ladies at the A Beautiful Mess Blog and only takes a few minutes to recreate. Plus, it works on medium and long hair of all textures! To recreate, form three ponytails down the back of your head. From there you start braiding, and then when you’re finished you simply tuck it in. There are lots of pictures on the blog to help you recreate this one. Tucked Braid Updo

Soft Side French Braid

We love that Kate of The Small Things Blog represents women with short to medium length hair. Sometimes a French braid that flows all the way down to your tuckus a la Blake Lively just isn’t feasible. Having short locks doesn’t mean you can’t rock a gorgeous braid, though, as Kate demonstrates in this Soft Side French Braid tutorial. Really mussing up your hair and adding a texturizing powder before you begin will take this French braid from hum-drum to super elevated.

The Reverse Braided Bun

Here’s a hairstyle that’ll definitely turn heads. It’s like a bun-meets-French braid with a literal twist! This tutorial was posted on The Zoe Report where the author writes, “We wanted something that could work at the office and into the evening.” Mission accomplished! They say the look only takes three minutes to recreate and that it’ll last all day and night. Different Braids - Reverse Braided Bun

Beautiful, Messy Combined Braid

This half-up braid hairstyle detailed by Abby of the Twist Me Pretty blog has a Rodarte-esque quality to it that’s got us mesmerized. It’s finessed, but messy enough to make it feel truly effortless. Abby explains how to recreate the hairstyle step by step on her blog. She also posted a video tutorial, which we’ve included here. Bonus: she says this one is beginner approved.

DIY Rainbow Braid With Hair Chalk

YouTube User Bebexo teaches you how to create a temporary, colorful rainbow braided headband in this new hairstyle tutorial. All you need is some hair chalk and the ability to create a three-strand braid and you’re on your way to creating ultra pretty hair perfect for summer. The best part is that you can customize the look by choosing your own color combination. Pink, teal and blue? Red, orange and pink? So many possibilities! If you’re into these different¬†braids, check out Latest-Hairstyles’ top pick for summer festival hair, the Leather Wrapped Pigtail Braids!