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Simple Braids

Braids Made Easy
Creating pretty braids is easy. Simply gather your hair and braid it. Victoria Beckham braided her side-swept ponytail
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We will send you off to a great start if you would like to wear braided hair but have never tried braiding your hair for fear your hands may not serve your creativity. We seriously doubt that you are born with two left hands. You will see! Of course, you have to get started. No matter your level of dexterity, starting with simple braids is a good idea at any rate. We are going to suggest simple braids, which you can master after just a few minutes of practice. Once you are in the groove, you may want to advance to French and herringbone braids. However, that is not to say that simple braids are not just as cool and pretty as their more complex looking cousins

  • Braids are a very attractive element in hairstyling. Braids definitely add an interesting and useful tool to your styling arsenal. You may want to start with braiding a ponytail, which you can then twist into a sophisticated looking but easy chignon. Simple braids are actually very beautiful. On bad hair days, braids come to the rescue. Braids are a cut above the regular ponytail solution, yet they are as easy to create as twirled hairstyles or semi-updos. The more practice you have the faster you can braid your hair. The few seconds spent with braiding are well worth it. Braids stay pretty all day long even through wind, weather, and athletic activities. Let’s get started!

  • Simple Braids for Easy Versatile Hairstyles

    You are probably very familiar with the braided hairstyle Victoria Beckham wears in our photo. However, this is only one of many ways to use simple braids as styling elements. Luckily, all of them are easy to create. It is your choice whether you want to braid all your hair into one thick braid or create several small braids. 

    You may want to make good use of styling aids like volumising powder or dry shampoo. They make braiding easier because they make hair more manageable and keep it from slipping and sliding around. Braids keep their shape better after applying some hairspray. Hair wax helps to shape the hair outside the braids.

    We hope that you are now ready to try your hand at styling the simple braids we present in our photo gallery.  

    In our video, Schwarzkopf hair expert Armin Morbach shows how to style different types of chignons including a chignon involving a simple braid.

  • Video: How to Style a Chignon

  • Gallery: Simple Braids

    Simple Braids

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    Simple Braids: Small Braids Starting on Top of the Head

    Take an about 2 inches wide strand of hair close to the crown of your head and start braiding it all the way to the hair ends. Do the same on the other side of the head. You may want to braid more than one strand of hair on each side. The braids do not have to be equally thick or wide. This hairstyle leaves plenty of room for creativity

    Simple Braids: Rita Ora

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    Simple Braids: Two-Step Braid

    Rita Ora added an interesting twist to her braid. She took a strand of hair on one side close to the back of her head and braided a few loops before combining the end of the braid with the remaining hair. Secure your hair and the braid using a scrunchy. Then cover the scrunchy with a strand of hair. You are now ready to continue braiding the sideways ponytail to the ends. Secure the braid with a scrunchy

    Simple Braids: Kristen Stewart

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    Simple Braids: Braided Side-Swept Hair

    Kristen Stewart swept her hair to the left after separating a strand of hair on the right side of her head. She braided the strand of hair on the right side all the way to the ends starting above her right ear

    Simple Braids: Natasha Bedingfield

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    Simple Braids: The Braided Ponytail

    Natasha Bedingfield braided her ponytail. This turns a simple ponytail into a festive evening hairstyle in a few seconds

    Simple Braids

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    Simple Braids: The Braided Alice Band

    This model wears a braided Alice band. You may create this braid but our model has bought the Alice band, braiding included. Her front hair is swept back while the rest of the hair is allowed to flow freely. It does not get any easier than this