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Braid envy — it's a thing. If you find yourself gazing longingly at the intricately beautiful braid styles on Instagram and Pinterest, you've got a major case of it. There's nothing like an afternoon spent flipping through online photos of stunning braid styles, imaging yourself wearing them all from work to brunch to your wedding.

There is one little hiccup to this whole braid fever phenomenon: If you're not a naturally gifted hair wiz, attempting complicated braid styles can be downright daunting. Luckily, it doesn't have to be.

To help give even the most clumsy among us a leg up in the braid styles department, we grilled some of the industry's most celebrated stylists and bloggers for the precise, step-by-step braiding instructions you need to pull off braiding all by yourself.

Thanks to celebrity stylist Marcus Francis, Nine Zero One Salon stylists Florido Basallo and Amber Maynard, plus a few other independent braid geniuses, we have the goods on how to recreate 15 amazing braids. From the fan-favorite waterfall braid to the classic braided chignon, you'll see that these modern and sophisticated braid styles can take you anywhere.

Still afraid you don't have the skills? Put aside any doubts you have, and remember, you're not landing a Mars rover. You're just braiding your hair. With these simple braiding instructions (and a little practice), you can master Pinterest-worthy braid styles in no time.

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Best Braid Style No. 15: Beachside Hippie
Everyone needs a quick, messy braid style in their repertoire, and this textured, voluminous one from blogger A Beautiful Mess is supereasy to execute. Pair this with a maxi dress, and get thee to a bonfire.

How to:
1. Create a side ponytail at the nape of your neck, and secure with an elastic.
2. Use comb to tease the ponytail. This will create that messy boho texture.
3. Braid your teased pony into a regular braid, and secure the end with a clear elastic.
4. Gentle yank the braided hair sideways to create a fuller look. Then, snip the elastic at the top of the braid.



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Best Braid Style No. 14: Boho Romantic
This gorgeous Dutch crown braid is slightly more complicated to execute, but stylist Misty Spinny of Brit + Co breaks it down nice and easy. Head-turning and romantic, this braid belongs in your "formal braid styles" arsenal.

How to:
1. Create a messy center part. Then, back-comb small sections of hair on either side to create more texture and volume.
2. Starting on one side of your head in front, begin your Dutch braid, which is basically an upside-down French braid, where you pick up more hair from the bottom — the side closest to your face. (Find a great Dutch braid video tutorial here.)
3. When you get to a point when you can't add in any more hair from the bottom, braid regularly until you get to the end of your hair, which you'll pin up against the back of your head.
4. Repeat steps 2 and 3 on the other side of your head.
5. Wrap the end of this second braid around the hair you pinned down from the first. Tuck in any loose strands (though it doesn't need to look perfectly neat).
6. Tug at the braid to create a fuller, more texture finish.



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Best Braid Style No. 13: Double Trouble
What's better than a fishtail braid? Two fishtail braids. This is one of those unique braid styles that you whip out when you want to feel like a mermaid.

How to:
1. Spray hair with texturizer. (Try Oribe Dry Texturizing Spray, $39).
2. Part hair in the middle or slightly off to the side, then separate the rest of your hair into two pigtails just below your ears. (Optional: Secure each pigtail with a clear elastic.)
3. Split one pigtail into two equal sections. To create your fishtail braid, grab a thin piece of hair from the outside of one section and cross it over the front to join the other section. Repeat with the other section. Continue braiding from the outside in, pulling hair taut as you go.
4. Secure the braid at the bottom with another clear elastic. (If desired, carefully remove or cut off the top elastic.) 5. Repeat on the other pigtail. Finish by setting both braids with strong-hold hairspray.



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Best Braid Style No. 12: Modern Milkmaid
This innocent look from Freckled Fox can be dressed up or down, depending on the occasion, making it an requirement for your braid styles back catalog. Our favorite part is how quick and easy it is — no PhD in Pinterest required.

How to:
1. Create a middle part, and split hair in half at the nape of your neck, as if you're going to make pigtails.
2. Braid the pigtails, starting from your nape underneath your ears. Secure each braid at the end with a clear elastic.
3. Cross the braids in back of your head, then pull them up over your ears (like a crown) and cross the ends again on top, tucking them underneath each other.
4. Pin the braids in place, and set with strong-hold hairspray.



Braid envy — it's a thing. If you find yourself gazing longingly at the intricately beautiful braid styles on Instagram and Pinterest, you've got a major case of it. There's nothing like an afternoon spent flipping through online photos of stunning braid styles, imaging yourself wearing them all from work to brunch to your wedding.

There is one little hiccup to this whole braid fever phenomenon: If you're not a naturally gifted hair wiz, attempting complicated braid styles can be downright daunting. Luckily, it doesn't have to be.

To help give even the most clumsy among us a leg up in the braid styles department, we grilled some of the industry's most celebrated stylists and bloggers for the precise, step-by-step braiding instructions you need to pull off braiding all by yourself.

Thanks to celebrity stylist Marcus Francis, Nine Zero One Salon stylists Florido Basallo and Amber Maynard, plus a few other independent braid geniuses, we have the goods on how to recreate 15 amazing braids. From the fan-favorite waterfall braid to the classic braided chignon, you'll see that these modern and sophisticated braid styles can take you anywhere.

Still afraid you don't have the skills? Put aside any doubts you have, and remember, you're not landing a Mars rover. You're just braiding your hair. With these simple braiding instructions (and a little practice), you can master Pinterest-worthy braid styles in no time.
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