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A Collection of Hair Braids / Popular and Different Kinds of Braiding Styles and Looks

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Hair braids have been a popular braid hair style for people since the beginning of time. If you have long or medium length hair, then you have probably experimented with braiding before. In days of long ago, men braided their long beards as well as the hair on their head. Today, men and women alike often braid their hair to make it look stylish and is still especially popular in Jamaica.

Braids are for everyone from your own school age children to some rising movie stars. Popular braided hair styles have appeared on Sienna Miller, Gwyneth Paltrow, Ashley and Mary Kate Olsen, and Penelope Cruz just to name a few. Throwing your hair up in braids is an easy way to disguise your hair if you don't have time to shampoo and also helps your hair stay put on the windiest of days.

The Basic French Braid

This is a picture of the basic french braid which appears to sit on top of the head. A good technique to show off longer hair or give volume to fine or thin hair. The funniest thing about a French braid is that it's much easier to learn how to do one than describe how to do it. A french braid hair style is only a little harder to create than a regular braid style, and it looks very pretty and sophisticated. Almost like something you would pay a professional to do. You don't even need really long hair. Many describe it as making a braid backwards.

Learn How to French Braid

The Crown Braid

This is a picture of a crown braid. The twist produces a rope like effect and also appears to sit on top of the head. It is great for proms and formal hair styles. A crown braid stays up very well, and looks good on almost everyone.

Drew Barrymore

Drew Barrymore

The Plaited or Pleated Look

The lovely Drew Barrymore showed up for a promotional interview, wearing a plaited modern day Grecian style updo, to promote her new movie Grey Garden in New York's ABC studio with Regis and Kelly.

A plaited hairstyle is very simple and worn to keep long hair neat and up off the face. There are three variations of the normal plait: the French plait, the rope, and the scrunch.

Barrymore is seen here with the normal simple plaited look and then pinned to form the stunning Grecian style up-do.

How many mornings have you wished you could simply get up and go to the office or the gym without the hassle of styling your hair?

How many mornings have you wished you could simply get up and go to the office or the gym without the hassle of styling your hair?

Rasta Braids

Rasta braids actually are lots of fine braids. Almost always synthetic hair is woven into the natural hair from the hairline until at least 1 to 2 cm. more than the natural hair length. The braids are often decorated with pearls.

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They can be worn three to five months. The finer the braids the longer the hairstyle that can be worn (maximum five months).

Bob Marley

Bob Marley

Christina Aquilera

Christina Aquilera

Dreadlocks are for men and women. There are several methods of dreadlocking hair. After dividing hair into sections, you can either braid, hand roll, or allow the hair to naturally "loc" on its own.

How to wash Dreadlocks Some people think that when you have dreadlocks you don't have to wash them. But that is a dreadlock myth that keeps a lot of people who want dreadlocks from getting them. Washing your dreadlocks and keeping them clean is the first step in having healthy, tight dreadlocks. You should wash your dreadlocks every 2 or 3 days. Always wash your dreadlocks with a residue free shampoo. If you wash your dreadlocks with a shampoo that leaves residue behind, it will slow down your dreadlocks locking up process by coating your hair with lubricants and scents, these residues will lubricate your hair and keep it from locking up inside your dreadlocks. That fact is clean hair make dreadlocks faster and looks better at the same time.

Hot Braids

Since the 40's braiding hair has been very trendy. Braids can give you a natural and stylish look and are easy to wear.

The often young and girlish like braids match the actual Fashion Trend of the romantic retro look.

Claudia Schiffer

Claudia Schiffer

Fishtail Braids

Fergies fabulous fishtail braid hopefully will encourage more fun

Fergies fabulous fishtail braid hopefully will encourage more fun

Fishtail braids are also known as herringbone or fishbone.  This looks time-consuming but is actually easy to braid.

Fishtail braids are also known as herringbone or fishbone. This looks time-consuming but is actually easy to braid.

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Tutorial on French Braiding Hair

The English braid is the most common type of braid

The English braid is the most common type of braid

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Hera on August 09, 2015:

You are donning good job! the information is very useful about hair braids. nice hub!!

infashionistas on October 06, 2014:

thanks for your sharing. This does help out a lot.

styles-new on February 17, 2014:

Amazing sharing of hairstyles for women and girls.Looking so great and fantastic haircuts .

Dottie1 (author) from MA, USA on January 10, 2014:

Thank you.

david on November 11, 2013:

aweome hub with very detailed information on different types of braids.

SEO Fort Myers on June 25, 2013:

Nice braids! I have some examples on my site...

menstrucrampcures on May 01, 2013:

Locs (a.k.a. dreadlocks) are not braids, it's a process of matting of curly hair strands. Sadly it's 2013 and we're still dealing with the self-hate and a narrow-minded standard of beauty based on some of these comments. I'm glad to see the Natural hair movement is growing and will definitely liberate a lot of our curly/coily/kinky friends from hair bondage!

Charis777 on March 11, 2013:

Great hub! I am always looking for great hair tutorials and these were good. I am so glad that Christina Aguilera got rid of the dreadlocks. It really didn't flatter her much. I wish my hair was as long as Fergie to be able to do fishtail braid.

trends2013 on January 13, 2013:

i like that redhead is in trend .love you hub ;)

Abby on March 29, 2012:

Dreadlocks aren't braids.

softball1 on March 24, 2012:

deadlocks r ugly!!!!

i love braiding hair im trying to find a new braid but i can already do every one of them. good info though

Catbubbles on January 31, 2012:

This braid was awesome thanks!

jazmine on January 21, 2012:

its prettty

mathira from chennai on January 01, 2012:

Wow, it was a good hub about what woman want to do.

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LanaLu from New York on November 09, 2011:

Great Hub, Love braids they are so simple and look great

ladyjojo on March 10, 2011:

Nice braided hair combs, i like the first set and the kaskadoo one which is the last "english braid".

Thanks for sharing

RTalloni on December 29, 2010:

Yes, great inspiration. Thanks!

Hairstylist Selin on August 01, 2010:

french braids are the best imho :)

Nicole on August 01, 2010:

nice article. thanks

Research Analyst on July 21, 2010:

Hair braided styles are so fun and easy to do, thanks for the inspiration.

lizeth on June 08, 2010:

their very cool

Isabel on May 26, 2010:

thank you Dottie1, i like this post, i will suggest my friends to read! i like The Crown Braid.

Angela Michelle Schultz from United States on April 24, 2010:

Great Hub! Great tutorials as well!

mysalontools on February 01, 2010:

so glad christina decided to get rid of those horrible dreadlocks, YUCK!

Hairupdostyles on January 26, 2010:

Amazing tutorials and some really beautiful braided styles - thank you! you should check out to see some step by steps for creating some gorgeous celebrity inspired braided hair updos at home. thanks for the hub - loved it!!

BaileyStephanie from Fort Myers, FL on December 08, 2009:

Hey, I really like your hub! Awesome pictures and lots of variety. I'm just starting out doing some style/makeup/fashion hubs..Check it out & let me know what you think!


Dottie1 (author) from MA, USA on October 20, 2009:

Thanks for stopping by Sexy jonty and checking out my braid hub and taking the time to comment.

Sexy jonty from India on October 20, 2009:

Very well written hub .....

very much informative ......

Thank you very much for your great hub, for good advice, good wishes and support. Thanks for sharing your experience with all of us.

Dottie1 (author) from MA, USA on August 10, 2009: don't want dreadlocks Charia? I see many young girls wearing them most often when they return from a tropical vacation. Some look nice but not all. I'm with you on that one!

Charia Samher on August 08, 2009:

Lovely lovely braids. When I was just a little girl, my mother used to braid my hair. But right now I'm just letting my long hair flow. Love to try some of them again but not the dreadlocks though LOL.

Dottie1 (author) from MA, USA on April 10, 2009:

I love braids too Melody. And I love watching the little girls get their hair braided by the vendors at the beach. My daughter was the same, she loved her hair down most often but also loved when I braided her hair for special occasion.

Melody Lagrimas from Philippines on April 10, 2009:

I love braids. I can do the first one with my hair. The corwn braid is simply marvelous! I showed this to my 8-year old daughter who always wants to wear her hair long and loves it braided once in a while. She loves the numerous little braids.

Dottie1 (author) from MA, USA on January 04, 2009:

Peek-a-boo, Shirl, I see you. Need Braids? I can help! Now that we've talked on the phone, it's time to meet in person. Coffee's on! Come on in friend. I've been dying for this moment. We can catch up on the latest hawties then.....

Shirley Anderson from Ontario, Canada on January 04, 2009:

Peek-a-boo, Dottie! Popped in for some braiding instruction...needed to find something to do with my hair until Stu takes care of it upon our arrival in London.

Thx for adding the hub link about me and Stuey!

Did you know that Fergie is marrying Danny from the TV show, Las Vegas? Yup on Saturday. Danny is hawt, though a tad young for me. Still....

Dottie1 (author) from MA, USA on December 30, 2008:

Thanks for stopping by Meg and thanks for your comments. I like your name...I have a relative named Meg McNeal who lives in Florida!

Meg McNeal on December 29, 2008:

Great hubpage. Thanks for all the great information. My sister has hair down to her behind and braid's her hair all the time. It is very thick like mine. It does take time to braid her hair about an hour I guess and she keeps it up all the time.

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Dottie1 (author) from MA, USA on November 02, 2008:

Your very welcome Susie....I was just wondering if you braid your own hair? I know braiding your own is sort of hard to do. I can do my own but first would need to grow more hair. I wonder how I'd look in dreadlocks? At least I'd know enough to wash them! Take care, Susie, see ya around!

Susan from Northern California on October 31, 2008:

Thanks for this hub Dottie! I have long hair and have always braided it. I too did not know about dreadlocks. I wonder if some people that have them know you're supposed to wash them? LOL! Where I live I have seen some that looked pretty dirty. They weren't good dreads either. Some were way fat adn others very small. Guess they didn't put a lot of effort into forming them. Hey! There's another hub for ya! How to form and care for dreadlocks!

Dottie1 (author) from MA, USA on September 30, 2008:

Hi Ariana, (funny story about your name, I hope I got it right) - I agree that it is a great way to bond. You have to sit still during braiding. No jumping up to check emails or answer phones. We all need more braiding time with each other! I'm wondering whose hair I can braid now since my daughter is off to college!

Arian Won from Sunny Florida on September 30, 2008:

Hello Dottie, great information. I enjoy braiding my younger sister's hair. I think its one of the great ways to bond with her besides shopping = )Take Care!

Dottie1 (author) from MA, USA on September 26, 2008:

I hope if you choose to braid your daughters hair JKSophie that you find it as relaxing and enjoyable as I did with my daughter. Best of Luck ~Dottie~

JKSophie from Philippines on September 26, 2008:

This is great! I have two kids and both are girls so I can definitely use this hub. Thanks :-)

Dottie1 (author) from MA, USA on September 24, 2008:

Hi Shari...You're a brave soul to try out dreads in college. I am thinking it would take an exuberant amount of patience to weave this hairstyle together. I am glad that your hair grew back. LOL It is always nice to see a new smiling face visit my hubs and greatly appreciated. Hope to see more of you around. Take Care. ~Dottie~

Shari Ilsen from San Francisco, CA on September 23, 2008:

Hi Dottie- great hub! I think we all are quick to discount braids as too complicated, too hippy, or too young to be a legitimate hairstyle, but I love them. And as someone who did try dreads for about six months in college (without any guidance whatsoever), I definitely would have appreciated this article back then! Ah well, my hair grew back. :)

Dottie1 (author) from MA, USA on September 21, 2008:

Hi gjcody, thanks for the visit and comments. My best to you, too!

GJCody from Pittsburgh on September 20, 2008:

Dottie ...nothing so cool as a braid. Thank you for sharing best to you!

Dottie1 (author) from MA, USA on September 18, 2008:

ooops, double post!

Dottie1 (author) from MA, USA on September 18, 2008:

Hi Moon Daisy, it's nice to meet you. I'm wondering how old your daughter is. I know from having a daughter that once they love you braiding their hair it becomes a looong time habit. Once I got through the frustration of learning to braid, it became less a chore and a very relaxing time to just sit and talk without a lot of distraction.

And plaits, I didn't know about plaits until I did the research to write this hub. LOL. It's fun to learn something new. Hope to see you around some more. ~Dottie~

Moon Daisy from London on September 18, 2008:

I love all kinds of braids. I used to experiment with all sorts of different kinds in my younger days... And just this week my daughter's started letting me braid her hair (so she's looking just like Claudia Schiffer right now, lol!) She wouldn't let me do anything girly with her hair before. She looks so sweet :0)

A great hub!

(Btw. in the UK we call braids "plaits". I don't think I realised before that we use different words for this. So I've learnt something today, thanks!)

Dottie1 (author) from MA, USA on September 17, 2008:

Hi dayzeebee, thx - I love your new avatar too. Ripplemaker took that photo of you? I didn't know she was a photographer! She really captured your sweet bundle of energy in that photo. Did you take the photo of ripplemaker for her avatar? Nice to have a visit from you and glad you had fun reading on a beautiful morning:)

dayzeebee from Cebu, Philippines on September 16, 2008:

hello dottie --- wow what a beautiful new avatar --- dottie revealed! i am so happy to see you clearly. it captures the loving energy that surrounds you and i really ike reading the sweet notes you and tracey leave around. this hub is also very informative and fun to read. thanks for giving me a beautiful morning...:)

Dottie1 (author) from MA, USA on September 16, 2008:

Hi again Tracey, you want me to move into college with you so I can always braid your hair? I have no problem with that! Sign me up!

tracey on September 16, 2008:

hi mom, good hub...i miss having you always braid my hair though

Dottie1 (author) from MA, USA on September 16, 2008:

Hey Tracey, I miss you and I miss french braiding your hair too! I'm sending you this braid hub so you can comment and let me know which braid hair style you like best so that I can braid your hair next time you come home to visit. Thx ~Lv Mom~

Dottie1 (author) from MA, USA on September 15, 2008:

Research Analyst the link you posted is broken so I'm posting it again here.

Dottie1 (author) from MA, USA on September 15, 2008:

Thanks compu-smart. I'll ask Eileen and let you know!

Thanks for stopping by Research Analyst. I'm on my way to check out your hub.

Research Analyst on September 15, 2008:

Good one on braids, I have seen so many variety of braided hairstyles in my lifetime and some are really awe inspiring.


Tony Sky from London UK on September 15, 2008:

Hey! I love your new pic! ;)

Let me know if Eileen wants a different Joe Perry song!

Dottie1 (author) from MA, USA on September 15, 2008:

Thanks Shirley, from the unrecognizable one!

Shirley Anderson from Ontario, Canada on September 15, 2008:

Hey, who are you and what'd you do with our Dottie! :)

I'm just jumping in here to compliment you on your great new avatar pic!! I love being able to see your face and big, beautiful smile better!

Dottie1 (author) from MA, USA on September 15, 2008:

Hey, that was really nice of you to add the video. I told Eileen that you did that!:)

Tony Sky from London UK on September 14, 2008:

lol! Thanks!!:)

and hey, i added Joe Perrys video especially to Eileens bday hub!:)

Dottie1 (author) from MA, USA on September 13, 2008:

Hi rip