Braids are one of the most versatile hairstyles. If you have short hair you can improvise milkmaid braids or have a gorgeous waterfall braid, and if you have longer locks then you can show off your tresses with inside-out braids. It can be tricky navigating Pinterest and hair websites and seeing different braids and different names. We thought it would be helpful to have a list of different types of braids so here’s a quick braid dictionary to help inspire your next braid hairstyle.
The Dutch braid is like a French braid but flipped inside-out and exposed. It is anchored against the head to create a braid that sits on top of the hair rather than flowing downward.
You’ve definitely seen these braids when checking out the latest trends on Pinterest. The inside-out braid is a blend between a standard three-strand braid and a Dutch plait. You fold the hair outward to create a braid that is open and easy to stretch.
The milkmaid braid is so charming. It’s a versatile braid that can be made formal or casual and it’s perfect for keeping your hair in a secure updo for the entire day. The look is really just two separate pigtail braids pinned up around the head.
The milkmaid braid can be done with any type of braid but one of its best looks is with the fishtail braid. For this look you separate your hair into two sections and then slowly weave small sections from the outside of each section over a central base which will create a “fishbone pattern” when you’re done.
The waterfall braid is actually more of a twist. As you twist a strand of hair, you let a piece of hair fall through the “cracks” which creates a cascading look.
The crown braid can look like a milkmaid braid from the front. However, the difference is in the technique of the final look in the back. The braid pulls from a central area around the crown, and the final look is a braid wreath that frames the crown of your head.
If the three-strand braid is too simple for you, then amp up your braid game with this five-strand braid. This look will take some practice and maybe a few of your friend’s hands, but it will definitely get a lot of “wow!” compliments.
A carousel braid is much easier than it looks. It’s simply a ponytail wrapped in a braid. You use a piece of free-flowing hair outside of the ponytail, braid it and then create a wrap around the ponytail.