30 Crazy-Awesome Braided Hairstyles for Long Hair We Can't Get Over

If there’s one hairstyle that will forever remain a staple, it’s braids. After all, they’ve adorned the hair of women and men since 3500 B.C. in Africa. And at Byrdie HQ, we're huge proponents of crazy-good epic plaits, even if they're far beyond our skill set (they're still fun to look at). In search of the most covetable styles, we’ve combed through the internet to find the coolest, most badass braided hairstyles of all time—30 of them to be exact. Ahead, you’ll find our favorite, long-hair friendly braids of the season—including messy, disheveled fishtails and clean, polished crowns—all ready to be re-created and admired. Warning: You won’t be able to settle on your favorite (we know we couldn’t).

This story was originally published at an earlier date and has since been updated.

Up next, more fun ways to style long hair.