Braided hairstyles are undoubtedly a sure way of getting that charming and classy look. Braids themselves are synonymous with elegance and the culmination of vintage and modern style. And braids on long hair are just enough to pomp up your look altogether. The curvy and twisty flow of the hair mixed with various styles and patterns are perfect for women with long hair. Here are 40 gorgeous Braids for Long Hair that are designed to give you a modern as well as classy touch.
1. Dutch Braid
As prominent as it looks, a Dutch braid is the reverse of a French braid. The hair is braided from the top of the head, taking strands of hair from both sides of the braid and crossing the strands under instead of over each other, as in French braid. The whole length of hair is braided under-crossed and then is secured with a rubber band at the desired length of hair. Highlighted hair look more gorgeous since it gives an edgy look. You can carry this hairstyle with dresses, dungarees, and jumpsuits.
2. Dutch Lace Braid
To achieve this hairstyle, brush your hair tangle-free and then take a section of hair from one side of the head, say from above the ears and start making a Dutch braid moving horizontally through the scalp, taking extra hair strands only from the part of the hair towards the forehead. As you near the other ear, slowly turn the braid to the opposite direction and make similar Dutch braids slightly at a horizontal angle, taking the hair strands from the non-free end. As you cover 2/3 of the breadth of your head, turn the braid downwards and simply make a Dutch braid without taking any extra strands to some length and secure it with a rubber band. Brush the loose hair neatly, and you are good to go.
3. Waterfall Braid
The romantic and cascading waterfall braid is undoubtedly one of the most favorite braids among women. Brush and part your hair. Take three-strand from near the forehead (of any side of the part) and cross the right one over the middle and then the left one over the middle gap. Now, let the left strand from the first cross fall instead of using that same to continue braiding as in normal braids. Take another hair strands from just near the fallen strand and cross them and then let the other strand fall. Continue braiding similarly, letting the strands on the open side fall and look at a waterfall. Secure the braid wherever you wish with hairpins.
4. Thick Braid for Long Hair
This hairstyle is for women with really thick and long hair. In this hairstyle, the hair is brushed neatly and is middle-parted, and then each part is braided into a Dutch braid up to the nape of the neck, and then the hair strands are braided into a thick 4 stranded braid, crossing the sections of hair carefully over one another into a braid. Then the hair is secured with a durable rubber band. Although a bit time taking, this hairstyle makes your thick and long hair more manageable.
5. Boho Briaded Hairstyle
To achieve this beautiful and romantic hairstyle, brush your wavy, honey blonde hair to make them tangle-free. Then, take three sections from one side of the head, preferably from above the ear and make a normal tight braid curving towards the back for your head, up to the middle. Then from above the opposite of the ear, take two strands of hair, twist it gently, and bring them back and mix them with the braided hair. Secure the junction well with hairpins. Use a hairspray to set the hair.
6. Heart Shape Braided Updo
To achieve this sweet hairstyle, first, brush your wavy hair and make a medium-sized middle part. From the middle of each parted side, take a thin section of hair and braid them into a thin braid up to the crown of your head. Secure both together with a band. Then, from the auction area of the above-tied braid, take two medium sections of hair and pull them out and tie them making a heart shape. Next, take broad sections of hair from the from parted sides and sweep them back loosely and insert them inside the handles of the heart. Secure them with hairpins and tie the hair used in the high updo with a small hair strand to complete the look.
7. Braided Crown Hairstyle
This braided crown hairstyle is a most beautiful hairstyle and you can choose to have this hairstyle for any occasion. To make this braid you need some time and attention. You need to start it from the one end of your head and take the whole round of your head by making it. This braid will give you beautiful and charming look.
8. Three Strand Braided Ponytail
To achieve this hairstyle, brush your hair backward and then take three sections of hair from the middle front of the scalp. Braid each strand separately into three different simple braids up to the nape of the neck and secure them with a rubber band. Take the rest of the hair, neatly combed and tie all of them together into a ponytail with a durable rubber band. Then take a thin strand of hair and wrap it above the band to give it a beautiful, chic look.
9. Two Side Braids for Long Hair
Women with very long hair can flaunt this beautiful hairstyle quite effortlessly. Side part your hair neatly and then take two thick sections of hair, 1 inch apart from the larger side. Braid each section separately into a normal braid, gradually bending towards the ears and continue braiding up to the ends of the hair length. Secure the braids with bands or hairpins, separately. Brush the rest of the loose hair and use a hairspray to set the hairstyle.
10. High Bun with Side Braid
In this hairstyle, the long wavy hair is teased lightly and hair strand afro, the front is randomly gathered into a high messy bun at the crown. The hair from the side of the bun is braided loosely up to the ends of the hair length. This easy hairstyle gives you an easy breezy look and doesn’t take much of your time to make. It can go with any western outfit and needs less maintenance.
11. Half Updo Lace Braided Hairstyle
This is an easy and elegant hairstyle that goes well with brown shades of hair with blonde highlights. In this hairstyle, the hair is middle parted and nearly brushed. Sections from the middle of each part are taken and braided normally back up to the crown. Near the crown, the six different strands of hair are merged into three leading strands and then braided into a single braid in the middle up to the end of the hair length, in a half updo fashion. The rest of the loose hair is combed and given nice waves.
12. Waterfall Flower Braid
In this hairstyle, you need to part your hair in the middle and then make a basic clean side waterfall braid. As you reach the crown, take the strands and curve them until braided circles, taking strands of hair from the scalp, as you make 2-3 circles. This gives a flower look, completing the look. Just make a nice waterfall braid on each side of the part and then secure the flower bun with hairpins. Use hairspray to set this hairstyle.
13. Full Head Braided Hairstyle
Start braiding the style by taking three strands at a time from the right side, then slowly add one thin strand of hair in the sections and tightly braid the hair. Keep the section of the newly added hair strands a bit loose as compared to the braid, so that it looks loosely attached to the braid and gives a awestruck look. This hairstyle is best for those who want to try something new with there long hair.
14. Twists Into Chunky Braid
This messy hairstyle is for women with thick and long hair with highlights. To achieve this hairstyle, brush your hair backward and then take a strand from each side of the middle of mane, give it a crease and twist it and tie it at the crown. Leaving a gap of 1 inch, take another section of hair from each side and twist them similarly, securing then at the back of the head at the crown. Make three sections of hair at the middle, including the tied stands and make a regular messy braid. Give curler waves to the open hair and use hairspray to set the hairstyle.
15. Top Knot Braided Ponytail
Its a different style for long hair. Its a combination of bun and braided hairstyle. Comb your hair neatly with a thin combed brush and gather them at the top of your mane, use a pin to hold your hair there only. Now divide the hair in two sections, so that you can make two braids from it. Just round the braids a bit at the top mane, making a bun of the braid and let the braids fall on the left side freely. Tightly make the braids to get the fantastic look. It goes well with any attire, best suited for parties, events and casual outings. It manages your hair well and gives you an attractive and unique look.
16. Upside Braided Hairstyle
In this hairstyle, brush your hair neatly and apply a hair gel. Take a thin strand of hair from one corner of mane above the ear, and start braiding it into a tight and sharp French braid, taking thin strands from the sides, and continue till the crown. Repeat the above steps on the other corner of the mane. Then merge the two French braid and make three thick sections of hair on the back and make a neat French braid and secure it with a rubber band. This hairstyle gives a sharp and edgy look to women.
17. Freckled Fox Boho Side Braid
Burgundy hair and lose braiding is all you can see in this style. It’s a sexy side braid which looks attractive on long faced people. Use your fingers or a large brush to comb your hair, keep it to one side and start braiding the hair loosely. It gives a little messy but casual look to you, adding more charm to your face and overall personality.
18. Twisting French Braid Chic Updo
This is a simple yet elegant updo for women with long hair. In this hairstyle, the hair is brushed back neatly. Three small sections of hair are taken from the front middle and crossed over, taking thin strands from both sides of the braid to make a French braid. Then the hair is simply braided after the nape of the neck and is secured with a rubber band at the end. The hanging braid is rolled in and tucked in into the gap between the nape of the neck and the French braid. Use hair pins to secure the updo
19. Messy Fishtail Braid
To achieve this hairstyle, cut your long hair into layers and then tease them. Make a side part and take all your hair to one side of the larger part. Then take a thin section of hair from the middle and cross them to make a normal braid, gently adding thin strands of hair from the respective sides. Make sure you do this on the loose hair, not on the scalp; otherwise, it would turn into a French braid. Continue braiding in the above-mentioned fashion till the end, leaving 1-2 inches of hair, secure the braid with a rubber band. Let the smaller layers of hair near the scalp and on the braid spread out. Use a hairspray to set this messy hairstyle.
20. Curls with Three Cornrows Braids
This is a hairstyle most suitable for women with extremely curly and fizzy hair. Brush your hair to make them tangle-free free and then make five parts of the hair, from the mane. At each junction of the parts, create a free space to make a thin and tight cornrow. Continue braiding the cornrow up to the middle of the crown and secure them with hairpins. Allow the thick curls to fall over them towards the back, but revealing the front cornrow. Brush the free hair finally, and use a hairspray to set this hairstyle. It gives a neat and manageable look to women struggling with the loss of hairstyles for curly hair.
21. Half up Half Down Halo Braid
Divide your hair into parts, front hair section and the back one. Comb the front section of the hair towards a side and start braiding the hair sideways till the nape of the neck and tie it. Leave the other section of your hair open and free. The style is best suited for medium-long hair. It’s easy to manage and can be created easily at home.
22. Princess Braid
Princess braid is all you need when you want something unique and stylish for a party. Comb your hair backward, and make the braid from left ear to right ear in a loose fashion, keeping all the hair in it. It is a complicated style and might need a professional to do it. If you have double toned hair or highlighted hair, then this style will add more charm to your hair.
23. Two French Braid for Long Hair
Perfect for thick and long hair, this hairstyle gives you a chic and cute look. To achieve this hairstyle, make a middle part and brush your hair backward on each part, keeping them tangle-free. Take a section of hair from the middle of one part, and cross them over, then gradually take strands of hair from each side of the braid and make a clean French braid, directed backward, through the side of your crown. When you reach the nape of the neck, make a simple braid with the rest of the hair and secure it with a rubber band. Braid in a similar fashion on the other side of the middle part, and you are ready to go.
24. Big Braids Curly Hair
To achieve this hairstyle, brush the hair neatly and make a middle part. On each part of the hair, make a clean Dutch braid, crossing the strands under each other. Continue braiding backward up to the nape of the neck, where you need to secure them with rubber bands. Wrap a strand of hair from each side concealing the band. Let the rest of the hair remain unbraided. Apply heat protection serum on the hair and curl the hair, taking thin strands. It looks good with black and brown ombre dyed hair.
25. Two Side Fishtail Braids
This breezy hairstyle is for women with long but not-so-thick hair. In this hairstyle, the hair is middle-parted, and each side of the loose hair is braided into a fishtail braid. Here, first, a thin section of hair is taking from the middle of respective sides and is then crossed over, taking thin strands of hair from both sides of each braid. The free-hanging hair is braided in a fishtail braid, instead of the hair near the scalp. Use a rubber band to secure the braids and carry out this hairstyle with any beachwear for a perfect and carefree look.
26. Dutch Braid Bun
Comb your hair towards the right, leaving just a few strands open at the front. Now pull one small section of hair from the right side and divide the hair into three strands to strat braiding the dutch braid. Start making the braid, and in between add a new section of hair to it. While doing it, just angle the braid towards the back of the head and towards the right ear. Use the rubber band to secure the braid then roll it near the nape of the neck in a circular form to give it a bun shape. Use pins to secure it at the place, and you are all set to go out. You can do it on your own or can get help from a hairstylist.
27. Braid with Bun Hairstyle
To achieve this hairstyle, first, brush your hair tangle-free. Then make sections of your hair radially around the head, 2-3 inches wide. In each section, make a tight cornrow braid, continuing up to the crown. At the crown, gather all the hair from all cornrows and make a simple, messy braid. Then make a bun of this braid and secure it with hairpins firmly. This hairstyle is well-suited for those who have thick and curly hair. The style will help you in managing the style easily.
28. Side Braid Ponytail Hairstyle
This is a simple yet elegant hairstyle, for those who struggle with time and styling their hair. To make this hairstyle, make a half side part and brush the hair to the larger parted side, making it fall on your shoulders. Then, from above the back of the ear, start braiding the hair, loosely into a normal braid or any braid, till you reach the end. Then secure this hairstyle with a rubber band and hairspray.
29. Bow Shape Braid for Long Hair
The style is best suited for those who have straight hair. Divide your hair into three sections, front, middle, and last. Comb your hair towards the left and take the section of hair from one ear to other at the middle. Now divide it into three sections, and start making a braid. In the end, use a rubber to tie it. Once done, just start pulling one part of one braid at a time to make a loose loop, to give it a bow-shape. Use a pin to set it. Do it at the mane part only, then make a tight braid for the rest of the hair.
30. Braide Crwon Bun Hairstyle
This is an elegant as well as classy hairstyle for women with any type for hair. Brush your hair and make a side part. On the larger part, take three strands of hair from the middle of the start of the part and cross them to make one simple braid, then take a thin strand of hair from the side of your forehead and mimic a half-French braid. Keep taking hair strands from the forehead side of the hair and braid along the margin of your head, bending gracefully towards the back. At the back, gather all your hair and make a knot bun at the nape of the neck. Secure the bun with hairpins. You can also use hairspray to set this hairstyle.
31. Double Dutch Braids
Like a French braid, a dutch braid is made by crossing the strands underneath rather than over each other. Double the fun by making two dutch braids on both sides. Give your hair a 3D voluminous look. Double dutch braids are a perfect college hairstyle with both style and convenience combined.
32. Violet Waterfall Braid
The Waterfall braid is soft and beautiful. Add a pastel shade to your braid to make it funky and modern. Light violet shade over light brown color gives a perfect fairy tale look with a modern touch. The face-framing locks and full fringes take away the need for any accessory and highlight your sharp facial features.
33. The Tiara
Use your wavy thick hair to gift yourself a tiara. Side part your hair and make a dutch braid. Wrap the braid around your head. The white and golden highlights over brown hair with a naturally wavy texture of the braid add life to the hairstyle. This is a great style to wear to a party or a date.
34. Thick French Braid
Classy and easy, you can never miss out on a standard French braid when talking about Braids for long hair. Easy to style, a French braid suits both casual and formal events. Use your fingers to comb back your hair for a slightly messy look and make a French braid. You can use texture spray if you want.
35. Side Thick Braid
Thick side braids are soft and versatile. You can wear a new hairstyle every day with minor changes. Side part your hair and make a dutch braid. Use hair pins to stack the braid to the rest of your hair. The creamy colored waves give you a romantic vibe. Try braiding in different styles to get a new look each time.
36. One-Sided 3-Strand Braid
A regular 3 strand braid among Braids for long hair is timeless and will never be out of fashion. A loose regular braid can make your hair appear thick and voluminous. Make this effortless braid and give yourself a vacation from styling your long hair. Its simplicity is what makes a regular 3 strand braid stand out.
37. Space Buns With Fishtails
If you have thin hair with fine texture, you can vouch for space buns. Take a break from tidy and strict hair and punk things up. Make a clear mid part and make space buns on top of your head. Make thin fishtail braids on both sides. The long bangs falling over your eyes with faded silver ends make a daring hairstyle. Apply dark bold lipstick to go with your hair.
38. Color braided pigtails
A couple of braided pigtails look lovely. If you play with colors, you will have a great effect. Pigtails will make that effect even more beautiful. You will need special colored braids for this hairstyle which can be brought from a saloon or purchased online. Opt for contrasting pastel colors to add a fun element to your braids.
39. 4-Strand Braid
A great way to make your braid look thicker is by using 4 strands instead of 3. Make a puff at the back of your head by using a hair bumpit. Secure your hair with clips a braid your hair by using 4 strands. The different shades of brown give a subtle variation making the braid eye-catchy.
40. Fontage With Messy Braids
A complex hairstyle, a fontage brought alive the vibe of France in the 16th century. A favorite of royal ladies, this hairstyle is perfect for theme parties. The fiery color with loosely twisted braids gives you the look of an enchantress. A perfect hairstyle for Halloween, enchant everyone with your beauty.
Braids are the most effective way to manage your hair and at the same time look gracefully elegant. Most of them are time-saving, in case you’re in a hurry, and are very adorable to look at. These hairstyles go with almost all types of outfits, from Indian to Western. Make sure you take good care of your hair by washing them regularly with good quality shampoo and conditioner and trimming them once in 3-4 months to check split ends.