40 Different Types of Braids

Braids have been a staple in the world of hairstyling for centuries, offering versatility, functionality, and beauty. With countless variations, they cater to a diverse array of hair textures and lengths, as well as personal tastes. In this article, we explore 40 different types of braids that can add flair to any look.

Classic Three-Strand Braid

The quintessential braid that everyone knows, the classic three-strand braid is simple yet elegant and serves as the foundation for many other braid styles.

French Braid

An evolution of the three-strand braid, the French braid weaves strands over the top and incorporates new hair with each crossover, creating a seamless look.

Dutch Braid

Similar to the French braid, the Dutch braid involves crossing strands under rather than over, which makes the braid appear as if it’s sitting on top of the hair.

Fishtail Braid

The fishtail braid divides the hair into two sections and alternates small pieces from each side, creating a herringbone pattern that’s intricate and chic.

Waterfall Braid

A romantic style where sections of hair cascade down like a waterfall, the waterfall braid combines French braiding techniques with free-hanging sections.

Milkmaid Braid

The milkmaid braid wraps two braids around the head, creating a crown-like effect that’s both bohemian and regal.

Crown Braid

Crown braids involve braiding around the head. Unlike milkmaid braids, the braid is usually singular and follows the hairline closely.

Four-Strand Braid

Adding complexity, the four-strand braid offers a woven look that stands out from the traditional three-strand style.

Five-Strand Braid

For those seeking an even more intricate look, the five-strand braid takes weaving to the next level.

Rope Braid

Rope braids are created by twisting two sections of hair around each other, ideal for a quick and stylish look.

Boxer Braids

Boxer braids are essentially tight Dutch braids that are aligned with the head, often used by athletes for a sleek, out-of-the-way style.


Cornrows are tight, flat braids that are braided close to the scalp, often in straight lines or intricate designs.

Ghana Braids

Also known as banana braids, Ghana braids start off small and gradually get thicker as more hair is added.

Lemonade Braids

Inspired by Beyoncé’s “Lemonade” album, these are side-swept cornrows that often incorporate beads or other accessories.

Feed-in Braids

Feed-in braids begin with natural hair and gradually integrate synthetic hair, creating a seamless transition to longer, fuller braids.

Micro Braids

Micro braids are tiny, delicate braids that cover the head and can be styled as freely as loose hair.

Tree Braids

Tree braids combine cornrows with free strands of hair, giving the illusion of a full head of hair with the comfort of braids.

Braid Out

Not a braid itself, a braid out involves braiding the hair and then undoing it to reveal wavy, voluminous locks.

Ladder Braid

The ladder braid consists of a standard braid crossed with smaller strands, resembling the rungs of a ladder.

Butterfly Braid

Butterfly braids are large, voluminous braids with pieces pulled out to resemble the wings of a butterfly.

Snake Braid

The snake braid weaves a small braid into a larger one, creating an ‘S’ pattern that slithers down the hair.

Knotless Braids

Knotless braids forgo the small knot at the start of traditional box braids, reducing tension and breakage.

Halo Braid

A halo braid wraps around the head and is secured in a way that creates a “halo” effect, perfect for elegant occasions.

Heart Braid

Incorporating hair into a heart shape, heart braids are a sweet and playful style often seen on young girls.

Pull-Through Braid

A pull-through braid uses elastics to create a braid-like structure with puffed loops, resembling a braid but without the typical weaving.

Mermaid Braid

The mermaid braid often begins as a side braid and incorporates loose strands, creating a whimsical, aquatic-inspired look.

Bubble Braid

Bubble braids are a series of hair sections tied together to create a “bubble” effect, making for a unique and fun look.

Yarn Braids

Yarn braids integrate yarn into the hair for a colorful, creative style that can also protect natural hair.

Lattice Braid

The lattice braid creates a basket-weave effect across the head, a beautiful choice for special occasions.

Invisible Braids

These are tiny braids that blend with unbraided hair, creating a subtle textured look.

Zipper Braid

The zipper braid is a complex braid that creates a pattern resembling the teeth of a zipper.

Dragon Braid

A dragon braid is a variation of the Dutch braid that runs along the top of the head, creating a raised, bold look.

Mohawk Braid

Mohawk braids take the center stage by running down the middle of the head, often flanked by shaved sides or tightly pulled hair.

Scallop Braid

Scallop braids incorporate curves into the braid, making a pattern that looks like scalloped edges.

Twist Braid

Twist braids involve two sections of hair twisted around each other, a simple yet attractive style.

Viking Braid

Inspired by historical Norse hairstyles, Viking braids are often complex and include multiple braiding techniques.

Carousel Braid

The carousel braid wraps a braid around the head, interweaving it with loose strands for a merry-go-round effect.

Tassel Braid

A tassel braid ends with the hair unwoven and free-flowing, resembling a tassel.

Infinity Braid

Infinity braids involve looping hair through two main sections, creating an infinite pattern.

Pancaked Braid

“Pancaking” a braid means pulling it apart for a fuller, flatter appearance, making the braid look more voluminous.


Q: Can all hair types be braided? A: Yes, most hair types can be braided, but the techniques and styles may vary depending on hair texture and length.

Q: How long do braids last? A: Depending on the type of braid and hair care, braids can last from a few days to several weeks.

Q: Are braids damaging to hair? A: If done too tightly or left in for too long, some braids can cause damage or breakage. It’s important to braid with care and not to neglect hair and scalp maintenance.

Q: Can braids help hair grow? A: Braids themselves don’t make hair grow, but they can help protect your hair from damage, which can result in healthier growth over time.

Q: Is it okay to braid wet hair? A: Braiding wet hair can make it more susceptible to break