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

Updated 04/19/19

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).

Box Braids
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Box Braids

Create tiny square-shaped parts in your head and three-strand braid cornrows from the root to the ends to create box braids.

Platinum Cornrows
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Platinum Cornrows

Experiment with the color and shape of your braids to add dimension and flare. 

Twisted Braid
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Twisted Braid

Everything’s better with a twist.

Disheveled Braid
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Disheveled Braid

A messy braid can look so effortlessly chic.

Edgy Braided Bun
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Edgy Braided Bun

Braid a sleek center part into an incredibly cool bun. 

Bedhead Pigtail Braids
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Bedhead Pigtail Braids

Braid. Braid. Tousle. Go. 

Architectural Fishtail Braid
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Architectural Fishtail Braid

Who says you can’t have an updo and a fishtail braid at the same time? Janelle Monáe’s game-changing style proves just that.

Pigtail Rope Braids
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Pigtail Rope Braids

Twist pigtails at the nape of your neck for this relaxed, modern ensemble. 

Romantic Braid
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Romantic Braid

We love a sleek braid paired with big, bouncy curls. 

Braided Crown
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Braided Crown

Secure long pieces under the crown for ultimate face-framing. 

Peek-a-Boo Braid
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Peek-a-Boo Braid

What’s that behind your ear? Oh, just coolest little braid ever. Surprise! 

Colorful Box Braids
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Colorful Box Braids

Singer Lion Babe looks absolutely stunning in her two-toned box braids. The way the red and blonde complement her skin tone is stunning.

Incognito Braid
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Incognito Braid

So sleek that it almost goes unnoticed. 

Undone Braid
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Undone Braid

Embrace flyaways with this relaxed look.

Braided High Ponytail
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Braided High Ponytail

Keke Palmer rocked this next-level braided ponytail with cornrows in the front paired with a ponytail of medium-size box braids. Her burgundy braids set this look off.

Side Braid With a Pop of Color
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Side Braid With a Pop of Color

Why not add a little neon to your look? All you have to do is weave a ribbon through.

Fishtail Pigtails
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Fishtail Pigtails

Just try to be in a bad mood while wearing fishtail pigtails. We dare you.

Intertwined Braids
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Intertwined Braids

The bigger, the better.

Sleek Ponytail Braid
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Sleek Ponytail Braid

Before braiding, comb hair into the sleekest, tightest ponytail possible. 

Boxer-Braided Topknot
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Boxer-Braided Topknot

Kelly Rowland showcases how box braids look just as good swept into a tight topknot.

Braided Side Part
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Braided Side Part

Add dimension to a side-parted bun by loosely braiding the front section.

Bleach Blonde Ponytail With Braided Accents
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Bleach Blonde Ponytail With Braided Accents

Rita Ora has never played it safe in the hair category. She edged up a typical high ponytail with sleek cornrows in the front.

Braided Bun
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Braided Bun

Add some character to your favorite lazy-girl hairstyle. 

Textured Curls With Cornrows
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Textured Curls With Cornrows

Jourdan Dunn looks like a dream in this carefree, “big hair, don’t care” look. Play up textured curls by adding cornrows for a fun half-braided style.

Three-Strand Ponytail
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Three-Strand Ponytail

Three tightly wound braids form this incredibly cool wraparound ponytail.

Highlighted Crown Braid
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Highlighted Crown Braid

How regal does Kelly Rowland look in this imperfect (yet perfect) crown braid? Your crown braid doesn’t need to be tight to your head—a few highlights and wispy flyaways look just as good.

Half-Fishtail Braid
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Half-Fishtail Braid

This look begins with a loose fishtail but morphs into a classic braid at the nape of the neck. 

Wet-Look Braid
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Wet-Look Braid

The braided version of fashion week’s favorite trend.

One-Sided Braids
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One-Sided Braids

Taraji P. Henson did this half-up, half-down style right with the sides of her hair in cornrows. 

Half-Up Fishtail
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Half-Up Fishtail

For thicker hair types, finish off a half-up, half-down look with a mini fishtail braid. 

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

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