To braid or to braid - that is the only question

A braid adds a level of romance and funky femininity to your straight, wavy or curly locks. It works with all hair lengths and might take a bit of practice but will be worth the effort. Check out these gorgeous braids to get you thinking and keep scrolling for a how to, to recreate some of them.

Braiding step by step

Fishtail:

1. Pull your hair back into a ponytail and divide into two smaller ponytails.

2. Separate a small section from the outside of the left ponytail and pull it over and join it to the right one.

3. Repeat on the right side, pulling a section over and adding it to the left, keeping on going until there's a small bit of hair left and secure with an elastic

4. If you used an elastic at the top, cut it off and loosen some of the fishtail to make it look a little messy

The Rope:

1. Pull your hair into a ponytail and divide into two smaller ponytails

2. Twist the hair in each ponytail the same way

3. As you twist, place one section over the other until you get to the bottom, then secure with an elastic

Inverted French:

1. Take a section of hair from the top of your head and divide into 3 pieces

2. Start braiding, crossing the pieces underneath the middle piece instead of over

3. Add extra sections of hair as you move down your head until you run low of hair. Tie with an elastic.

Halo:

1. Separate your hair into 2 sections down the middle

2. Inverted French braid both sides and tie 

3. Take the bottom half of the braids, pull to the opposite side of your head and secure with bobby pins creating a crown/halo

Waterfall: (this one takes a bit of practice)

1. Start near your hairline and pick 3 pieces of hair as if you're going to do a traditional braid

2. Cross the piece of hair closest to the top of your head over the middle piece

3. Cross the bottom piece over the middle piece

4. Cross the new top piece over the middle, then the bottom over the middle

5. Drop the middle piece down so it joins the rest of your hair

6. Pick a new piece from near your parting which becomes your new top section

7. Cross the new top piece over the middle to continue the waterfall

8. Cross the bottom piece over the new middle and repeat steps 2 to 8 all the way around your head

9. When you get to the other ear, finish with a traditional 3 piece braid and secure behind the ear with a bobby pin