When I was a kid I always wore my hair in braids. They were long extensions that fell past my shoulders and, while the process took a few hours, they were so low maintenance that it was hard not to love them. They even allowed me to swim without my hair turning into a ’70s flashback. I finally got tired of them by middle school and started straightening my hair exclusively. I did that until college, when I started to wear my hair naturally, curly and hot comb free. Yes, I willingly decided that I wanted my hair to become a ’70s flashback.
But after years of not having braids, I’m finally considering getting them again, at least for the summer. Honestly, I need to give my hair a rest. I’m horrible at wrapping it up at night so I experience way more breakage than I like. The braids will help give my hair the vacation it deserves. But first, I need some inspiration. If you wear your hair in braids or you’re considering it, check out these 15 styles courtesy of Pinterest that you can experiment with!
1) Two-tone braids
2) Elegant box braid updo
3) ’90s/Sailor Moon inspired braid buns
4) Braided updo, retro inspired
5) Cornrow accents
6) Asymmetrical Updo
7) The Katniss braid
8) Yarn braid loc knots
9) Auburn braids*
*Biased because this is the color I hope to rock
10) Cornrows with loose, curly ends
11) Minimalist cornrows
12) Elegant two-strand twist
13) Cornrow French roll with a front bun
14) Long, thick yarn braids
15) Super colorful braids
What kind of braids do you prefer? What’s the longest amount of time spent having your hair braided? Tell us in the comments!