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Braided Hairstyles

Braided hairstyles are amongst the most popular black hairstyles. There are a number of variations that you can try in each of these and style your hair according to your taste.
Having your hair braided in various ways can give you a stylish look. Though braids are highly popular amongst African-Americans, today you can also see many others wearing these. There are various ways of combing your hair into braids and braided hair can further be styled to get plain or curly braided bangs. From invisible braids to thick braids, you can experiment with a lot of twists and braids on your hair. These low maintenance hairstyles are great for special occasions like weddings and parties as well. So if you want to know some of the best braid hairstyles, keep reading.

Cool Styles To Wear

Regular Braids
The three strand thick braid, also known as a plait is the most common braided hairstyle. You can pair this with side-swept bangs and have a classy look. Tie a rubber band to the braid and leave a long length of hair free at the bottom to have a pretty look. You can have two simple braids, one on each side as well. Those with long hair can also roll up the braid and secure it with bobby pins to have a braided updo.

French Braids
You can choose to have one of the French braids by adding fringes to get a stylish look. French braids are the best way to dress up for special occasions. A braided headband, with a simple or French braid makes another best braided hair style for women. A side French braid looks very stylish for those with plain hair and round face.

Micro Braids
Micro braids are very popular for men and women which give an extremely cool and trendy look. With the entire length of hair braided into a number of extremely braids, you are sure to look pretty. You can have a center, side or no partition while getting this hairstyle. Moreover you can either leave your hair free with these invisible braids or even tie them up in various ways. Tying a low or high pony is a good idea. You can also have them braided into a simple braid further. Micro braids can be curled into wavy pattern as well.

Fishtail Braids
This braided hairstyle gives a very sweet and feminine look to the women wearing it. This is also one of the best styles for kids, due to the thin strands of hair that make the entire braid. The fishtail braid is similar to a French braid, with the only difference being the thickness of the strands. Those cascading strands taken from both sides of your head are very thin in case of fishtail braids.

Basket Weave
If you want to deck up your hair for a special occasion you can consider having an intricate hairstyle like the basket weave. This is a hairstyle that is sure to give you that much desired unique appearance. This is a mix of micro or invisible braids and an updo. Micro braids are done so as to form a crisscross pattern on your crown. If you have long hair, you can put loose braids in the same crisscross pattern. The length of hair below your nape can be curled upwards and tied into a bun just above your nape, tied into a simple braid further, or curled and left free.

From updo hairstyles till free-flowing locks you have a lot of options. Choose the one that matches your taste and get ready to don a stunning look.
By Mamta Mule
Published: 6/19/2010
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