15 Cool Braids That Are Actually Easy (We Swear)

I hate to admit it, especially as a beauty editor, but I completely suck at braiding. I blame my mother, who never French-braided my hair when I was a kid. (I also blame her for my addiction to dark chocolate and tendency to use big words when I’m mad—hi, Mom!)

Now, my profession requires me to scroll longingly through gorgeous braided hairstyles on Pinterest and YouTube, unable to master them no matter how many times I scrutinize the step-by-step instructions. Let’s just say if “braiding” were a section on the SATs, I would not have gotten into college.

As you can imagine, it really makes me feel like a dunce when braid tutorials promise to be “ridiculously simple” and “perfect for beginners” yet I’m still unable to wrap my mind (and fingers) around their execution. Maybe I’m wrong, but a triple-fishtail upside-down waterfall-plaited topknot hairstyle does not sound simple to me.

Fortunately, easy braids (like, actually easy) do indeed exist, and I’ve gathered the best ones here—no French braids, no triple fishtails. Just pretty, deceptively simple braids that even I, the world’s worst braider, can manage. Ahead are 15 braided hairstyles anyone can do. 

Next: Feast your eyes on even more braids we’re loving at the moment.

This story was originally published March 21, 2016, and has since been updated.