We all love a good hair day, but let’s be honest: Those days can be few and far between. On mornings when your hair is just not cooperating, a simple three-strand braid will do the trick, but the easy-as-1-2-3 look can get a little mundane. While a simple weave of the hair will get the job done, we’re sprucing up the simple braid a bit. Scroll through to take a peek at 14 of our favorite braided looks. 1. Textured Double Braid: Give your half up, half down ‘do a little oomph with a wrap-around braid and waves. This makes for the perfect fall look — just in time for sweater weather. (via The Small Things Blog) 2. Frenchie-Pony: Sometimes a slicked back ponytail isn’t going to cut it, so get your French braiding skills on and achieve this simple ‘do in just a few minutes. Oh, and did we mention you get seven more braided looks with this tutorial? Get to it, girls. (via Brit + Co) 3. Upside Down Braided Bun: Hate wearing your hair down all day? That makes a few of us. Braid up the back of your topknot so you don’t have to sacrifice the cute factor even if your hair is out of your face. (via Barefoot Blonde) 4. Braided Bangs: If you’re in the process of growing out your bangs, then this is THE perfect tutorial for you. Take this look from office-appropriate to Friday-night-ready with a few curls! (via Brit + Co) 5. Wrapped Dutch Braid: The Dutch braid is one that some people think is super hard to achieve, but really it’s just an inside-out French braid. Learn how to get this simple-yet-fab look with The Beauty Departments’s tutorial. P.S. How fun is that hair tie design?! We’re into it. (via The Beauty Department) 6. Messy Fishtail Braid: The fishtail braid gone wild is the perfect style to rock on your next girls night out. Pair with a leather jacket and black booties for an edgy look. (via Once Wed) 7. Waterfall Braid: Ever wonder how to get the effortless waterfall braid? Brit + Co is to the rescue on this one. Learn how in just a few easy steps. (via Brit + Co) 8. Messy Double Braid: Not only do we love Barefoot Blonde’s orange + black outfit, but we’re also loving her double fishtail braid — yes, double! Top off this fun look with a little bling. (via Barefoot Blonde) 9. Two-Minute Braided Bun: Getting up and fixing your hair before work can be a challenge. Instead of twisting up a simple everyday topknot, try out this braided bun that takes two(!) minutes to achieve. (via Twist Me Pretty) 10. Fishtail Half Updo: We’ll admit, this one looks a little daunting. But once you get the motions down, this French fishtail is totally doable. (via The Beauty Department) 11. Milkbraids: Because wearing a headband is just way too boring for our liking, we’re mixing things up with milk braids that are uber easy to style with a little hairspray and a couple bobby pins. (via Camille Styles) 12. Three Braid Updo: We love the idea of showing off your fave statement necklace by braiding your hair back into a low hairstyle… because who doesn’t love statement necklaces? (via Twist Me Pretty) 13. Double Braided Ponytail: Real talk: This one’s a personal favorite. Simply Dutch braid a small section of your hair and pull the rest back into a low pony. Secure with an elastic and a touch of hairspray for a look that will last all day. (via the small things blog) 14. Easy Braided Updo: Give your hair a boho-chic vibe with a messy braided style that would be acceptable at pretty much any occasion — music festival, pumpkin patches, heck, even the office! (via Divine Caroline)
What’s your favorite way to upgrade the normal braid? Which tutorial was your favorite? Tell us in the comments below.