It's Braid Week here at Byrdie HQ, and for a full five days we've got braids on the brain. Whether you’re looking for new festival hair trends, wedding look inspo, or just jonesing to scroll through something pretty, you’ll get your braid-centric fix in this column. Hope you like!
For someone who has so little braiding aptitude, I am well-versed in the community of Instagram braiders. My feed is chockablock with plaiting wizards, like Amber Fillerup and Mimi Ikonn, and I could scroll through images of their intricate handiwork for days. There’s no hope of me re-creating them—I can’t so much as master a simple french braid—but I consider myself less a braiding student and more a braiding scholar. Like a music critic who can’t sing, if you will.
Even though I was not blessed with the hands of a world-class braider, I want to spread the inspo far and wide. Thus, this list. Check out 15 mind-blowing IG braids below!
Swedish twins Elizabeth and Victoria Lejonhjärta always post the most breathtaking natural hair looks. Mile-long dreads are their signature, and they look particularly fly in these long braids. Fun fact: The twins say they take a lot of their hair inspiration from anime and sci-fi.
Amber Fillerup is essentially the Beyoncé of Instagram braiders. This half-up crown braid is one of her simpler looks, but it’s still oh so pretty.