Ah braids, there are so many ways you can wear 'em. The choice is yours: Rock braids in a sleek ponytail, wrapped around a topknot, or even tucked behind beachy waves. Take inspiration from your favorite celebrities to create these simple but gorgeous looks.
This Is Us star Susan Kelechi Watson proves that a massive side braid instantly enhances any look. To create, part your hair to one side and then braid the crown into a thick, voluminous braid.
Meet the modern version of "business in the front, party in the back." For this look á la Millie Bobby Brown, create three braids in the back of the head and then connect in a tight topknot.
Sneaky, sneaky: Carrie Underwood's beachy look features a tight French braid close to the hairline and pinned on the nape of the neck.
If anyone knows how to make a statement, it's Queen Bey. Create two inverted French braids on each side and one inverted braid down to the back to mimic the star's ethereal look.
Long hair is your friend when it comes to braids. Here's proof. For a sophisticated updo, Jessica Simpson wrapped two long braids around her bun.
Sure, this look may be a little more understated (we're looking at you, Beyonce!) but it's just as intricate. Section the top of your fair in thin sections and braid. Instead of combining them into the ponytail, let 'em hang to the side.
Mandy Moore's tight wrap-around braids are positioned close to her hairline, but the intentional messiness — with a few fun pieces sticking out here and there — give it a free-spirited look.
Gina Rodriguez's high-braid ponytail is plumper at the top and tighter at the base, creating a fun, playful shape. It also brings out the gorgeous dimension of her highlights.
Is there any braided look more romantic than this? We think not. Braid your hair to one side as loosely as possible, allowing strands on the opposite side to fall as they may.
Get the edgy look of an undercut without the commitment of buzzing your hair by tightly braiding along one side of your head and wearing the rest of your hair loose, like Michelle Dockery.
This inventive looks features two braids that start the back of the head — separated by a middle part — turning outward at the hairline and back around the sides like a crown braid. So cool!
Tight corn rows on one side of the head are balanced by a soft, draped fishtail braid on the other.
Try the trendy side-shaved look without committing by braiding thin cornrows into one side of your head.
As their name implies, halo braids wrap around the wearer's head like a halo.
Halo braids give you a unique updo that beautifully shows off your hair color, weaving the layers together and pinning them up.
Out: Holding back your hair with headbands. In: Holding back your hair with your own hair.
If you want a more deconstructed look, follow Eva Longoria's lead and let your fishtail braid get loose and messy.
For a crisp pulled-back look that keeps your hair out of your face, try Jada Pinkett Smith's sleek cornrows.
For a modern take on the classic ballerina bun, braid your hair first, then twirl it up top.
Kick your braided headband up a notch by turning it into a fishtail plait instead of the average three-strand style.
Pair loose waves with a classic halo braid for an ultra luxe look. Curl the ends of your front pieces of hair for an ultra romantic style fit for a queen.
Pair your updo with a pair of statement earrings and bold lipstick for a nighttime look
Instead of the traditional straight look, these criss-crossing cornrows add a unique flair.
Combining cornrows and a wrap-around braided bun makes the perfect evening updothat shows off your face, neck, and jewelry.
Slightly tipped forward, this box braid bun makes a structural statement. (Tip: This is a heavy look so you may want to reserve it for special occasions only.)
Instead of a tight three-strand braid, try deeply parting your hair and loosely twisting two sections to the side, like Kirsten Dunst.
Whether worn small or with mohawk-like height, a braid right down the center of your scalp is a chic detail to add to any style from a high, messy bun, like Halle Berry's, to hair left long and flowing.
Even shorter hair can pull off a braided look. By French braiding one side like Lucy Hale did, it adds volume to the base of a pulled-back style without looking unrefined or messy.
For this casual style, the looser up top the better. Let a few strands near your face come free for an extra touch of romance.
One cool thing about this traditional style: It looks just as gorgeous from the back!
Follow Victoria Justice's lead and go super high for a dramatic updothat's surprisingly easy.
The French braid stems from one easy concept: gather and pass. After each piece of hair is incorporated into the braid, another piece is gathered and added in.
Perfect for thick hair, this rope-like chignon makes a BIG statement. See? No hair accessories needed.
Keep your hair headband thin for an understated look.
The fishtail braid may look crazy complicated, but it's surprisingly easy to master. Rather than dividing your hair into three sections, as you might for a traditional braid, you instead separate it into two, then layer a piece from each section over one from the other side.
Keep your fishtail braid tight by initially putting your hair into a ponytail, then doing the fishtail braid.
Box braids are individual braids, often fairly thin and typically accomplished by a professional hairstylist. In addition to being a protective style, these are super versatile — changing up the thickness of your braids can totally change the overall look.
If you're feeling extra fancy, pull your braids into an updo and pair them with a romantic red lip and full eyelashes.
We think we just found your new go-to date night style. It's fun. It's romantic. It's a nice balance between casual and dressy. It's everything.
Two small braids alongside a sharp center part keeps your hair off your face while emphasizing the rest of your mane.
While this may look like a typical French braid, the Dutch braid has one big difference: Rather than passing pieces of hair over one another, each hair piece is passed underneaththe previous piece, making the braid appear atop the head.
At the 2016 American Music Awards, Nina Dobrev's stylist, Riawna Capri, coated Dobrev's hair in a metallic, glittery gel before braiding.
These ultra-thin braids can be created with natural hair or synthetic hair woven in. Even better: You can pull them into a ponytail, updo, or even a big braid.
Shaved on the sides, Zoe Kravitz's micro-size, bleached braids bring the focus to the lit-from-within glow of her skin.
If you think this style looks entirely too tough for you, here's the secret: Simply braid your hair into two braids, one on either side, then pull each on across your head and secure them with bobby pins. Voila! Instant updo.
If you already have micro braids and want to change up your style in a snap, try securing your hair into a ponytail with a hair tie, then braid your hair, forming a massive braid full of braids.
The simplest of all braids, the three strand braid simply involves dividing your hair into three pieces, then layering one piece from the outside over the middle piece, then repeating on the other side, and so on until all the hair is braided.
Enter a less adorable, more chic way to rock pigtails.
For a red carpet-worthy style that takes just a few minutes, braid your hair to one side, then add a simple shiny headband.
If you can't be torn away from your hair donut, try enhancing your favorite style with a medium-thin braid wrapped around the base.
If you've been searching for the right hairstyle to wear at a wedding (or even for your own!), this is a perfectly romantic route.