Braids are a classic and versatile hairstyle that can be elegant, youthful, sophisticated, or effortless.  Braided looks have always been especially popular during Fall Fashion Week, with models sporting messy braids and bold, dark lips: the perfect fall duo.  Here are our favorite braided looks, with a few tips on how to rock them.

milkmaid braidPhoto Credit: Cute Girl Hairstyles 

Milkmaid Braid

Let’s start simple, with a classic milkmaid braid.  This braid is as easy as 1, 2, 3 – literally.  Step 1) divide your hair into two sections.  Usually milkmaid braids are parted down the middle, but if your hair is longer you can part it on your preferred side, so long as the braid will still wrap around your head.  Step 2) braid each section, starting behind your ears.  Step 3) wrap both braids around your head and secure behind the opposite ear with a bobby pin or barrette.  This style is so basic that it looks great on anyone, but feel free to put your own twist on it by pulling out strands to frame your face or braiding ribbon into the braids.  

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Queen Braid 

The queen braid is intricate and elegant, but don’t let all the steps fool you – it is surprisingly simple to recreate.  To start the braid, divide the hair into two sections, just like with the milkmaid braid.  With one section, create three twists (also called “rope braids”) and with the other section, create a French braid.  Then wrap all four sections around the head like a crown and secure.

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Wrap-Around Fishtail

The fishtail braid is a summer staple, and this style combines it with a French crown braid for a more formal fall look.  To achieve this look, part your hair as you would normally, and start to French braid a crown on each side.  When you reach the nape of your neck, stop French braiding, and instead fishtail braid the remaining pieces together.  

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