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50+ Ways To Spice Up Your French Braid Styles

French braid styles are versatile and can be done on pretty much every hair type. But the same braid every day can be repetitive. So check out these fun ways you can shake things up!

Single French Braid Styles

Go with the classical single French braid for an easy-to-do, put-together look that will last you the whole day. You just need a hairbrush or comb and an elastic, and you’re ready to go!

1. Half-crown

Start braiding on the side and go across the head, then come down in a simple plait at the base of your neck. Simple, but so effective!

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2. Loose and relaxed

For a more messy look, braid loosely and allow strands to fly out. Enjoy this chill, summery look all year round!

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3. A mix of two French braid styles

Start with a classic French braid, then switch to fishtail once all your hair is tied together. Guaranteed to look outstanding!

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4. The flower crown

Wear this crown at summer festivals or winter fairs. It all depends on the accessories, the hairstyle is the same: a wrap-around braid started behind your ear.

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5. Add a twist

The hair itself is an important element. This highlighted hairstyle goes great with a classic French braid and gives it depth.

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6. Faux

If you don’t have the patience or skill to do a French braid, try a faux. Tie a small portion of hair with a clear elastic, add some hair, and tie it again. Repeat.

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7. Very curly French braid styles

This is a great idea if you have curly or thick hair! It pulls your mane back and keeps it secure, while also giving you a stylish look.

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8. To the side and in a bun

These bun French braid styles are a great option to spice up a professional look!

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9. Puffy side braid

Up your side braid game with this fluffed version! It looks great for all occasions, from an office party to a wedding, it all depends on the accessories.

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10. Undercut

Mix a rebellious undercut with a more conservative braid for a surprising effect!

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11. Upside-down

Turn stereotypes on their head with this upside-down French braid and bun combo!

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12. Stylish and put together

Variations of these classic French braid styles look professional and keep very long hair clean, organized, and out of the way.

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13. Tucked French braid styles

Once you are done braiding, tuck the loose end under the braid to keep it out of the way. It’s a great solution for thin hair, as it hides the end braid.

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14. Bring out the colors

A French braid emphasizes the color blend in this hairstyle and it looks great! Check out these ideas for more hair colors!

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15. Down the neck

Focus on keeping the strands you add equal, not on finishing at the base of the head. Keep going down for this effortless look!

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16. Fishtail

This is one of the more difficult French braid styles out there and it needs patience and precision. The results are worth it though!

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17. Shy behind the ear

You don’t have to include all the hair in a braid. A small, hidden braid adds a surprising element of elegance to loose locks.

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Double French Braid Styles

They look impressive and organized, but two French braids are easy to do. Practice makes perfect, so try these styles to up your game!

18. Tiny braids

These might not be your typical two French braids but you can try this look for a simple and elegant do. Pin up just half of the hair for a more relaxed version.

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19. Pink French braid styles

These braids bring out the pink big time and complete a slightly rebellious look. Check out more pink hairstyles for inspiration!

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20. Classic

No list would be complete without an entry from the back-to-school look we all sported at some point. The two braids are practical and secure so use them for everything sport!

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21. Nice and safe

French braid styles can be protective as well as good looking! Use this do if you have natural hair and need to keep it secured and neat.

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22. Cool teacher

You can wear your braids at work as well, like this teacher does. Add a splash… or more of color to keep it looking cool!

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23. Back to school

Looking for inspiration for the little one’s hair? Or simply for something for your inner child? Go for this combination of French braids and rainbow elastic bands!

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24. Ribbon French braid styles

Braid ribbons or colored stripes in your hair to emphasize your hair color or style. Go for matching or contrasting!

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25. Double crown

If one braid isn’t enough for your crown, try with two!

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26. Tiny additions

This is the double trouble version of the fishtail braid and frankly, I admire this person’s patience!

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27. Ombre French braid styles

Try pairing French braids with Ombre hair for a surprising effect!

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28. Really small

You don’t need long hair to do French braids. A bob will probably be enough. Add a splash of color for some extra effect.

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29. Half done

Try these loosely done half-braids for a relaxed look. They are also perfect for hiding your roots if your hair can go one more day without washing.

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30. Prom French braid styles

Add a braid to the side of your prom bun for more volume and an elegance bonus!

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31. Delicate flower

Match an ethereal outfit with these wispy thin braids. Accessorize with flowers!

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32. Heat-free curls

French braid styles have the advantage that they can curl long hair without using heat. Wear them as practical preparation for an event!

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33. Double buns

Once the braids lift from the head, start coiling them for a double bun look!

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34. Braids as accessories

Use the braids as accessories for a bun. They are excellent for adding some elegance to a simple look.

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Special French Braid Styles

Braid three, four, or more French braid styles together, mix and match, and go for these out-of-this-world hairdos! You will surely impress everyone you meet.

35. Four strand French braid styles

Another feature from my favorite model, Gloria, showing off her gray hair in this four-strand French braid to on the side of her head.

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36. Pure white waterfall

Is she the mother of dragons? This hairstyle seems to point that way.

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37. Rose waterfall French braid styles

Waterfall braids are an elegant variant of the French braid, and they are relatively easy to do. Get the rose effect by coiling the remaining hair and pinning it in place.

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38. Top of your head

Try these French braid styles that bring your hair on the top of your head. Which one is your favorite?

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39. Braids on top of braids

Use smaller braids as strands of hair to add to your French braid for some extra texture to your hair.

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40. Milkmaid French braids styles

Milkmaid braids are simple braids looped around the head, but if your hair is too short you can compensate with this French braid style.

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41. Faux Mohawk bun

French braids are versatile and can be used to replace pretty much any haircut in existence. All you need is imagination!

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42. Practical and pretty French braid styles

This hairstyle consists of a French braid finished in a simple bun and two small braids on the sides. They keep any loose strands in place and the look comes together nicely.

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43. Serpentines

Her French braid styles resemble a winding mountain road. Try this look and go on an adventure!

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44. Rainbows

This is not a hairstyle you can do at home, but I believe it deserves an honorable mention.

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45. Fall French braid styles

This blend of two French braids, loose hair, and reddish colors is a great fall hairstyle!

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46. Double fours

Double up on the four-strand style with this pair of side braids that intersect in a mesmerizing way!

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47. So much hair

The struggle all girls with thick hair know: there’s just so much of it! Tame it with these four French braids brought together into pigtails.

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48. Curly waterfall French braid styles

Pair a waterfall hairstyle with curls for a free, nature-inspired look!

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49. Half-faux French braid styles

While this is not a French braid, it still qualifies because it is braided. And there are additional strands of hair worked in. Confusing, but good looking!

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50. Complex four strand weave

The weave on her head is impressive and a little intimidating, but if you can get this hairstyle, you are sure to turn some heads.

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51. Impossible French braid styles

Clearly possible, but very complex, this hairstyle looks incredible! A good hairstylist should be able to do it. While waiting, take a look at these blue hair ideas for inspiration!

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Final Thoughts

Have I convinced you to bring back French braid styles? Which ones will you try to do yourself and which ones will you have done? Let me know in the comment section below!



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