40 French Braid Hairstyles You Didn't Know You Needed

Think French braids are just for school days? Think again! French braids are more than just a practical way to keep your hair out of your face and a versatile tool that can be transformed into countless stunning styles. From a country hairstyle to a wedding-perfect hairdo, there is so much you can do with your hair when it comes to French braids! Whether you’re a braid beginner or a braiding boss, we have something for everyone.

Half-open French Braid

Cute double braided hair with half hair down

Two neat French braids frame the face, starting at the temples and weaving their way down the head. Wispy strands playfully escape, softening the look. The remaining hair cascades down the back in loose waves, creating a sweet and carefree vibe.

Party Braids Hairstyle

Braided hairstyle for wedding

This side French braid begins subtly near the forehead and thickens as it travels down the side of the head, incorporating delicate strands of hair with each weave. The braid finishes just behind the ear, leaving the rest of the hair to flow freely in luxurious curls.

Bubble French Braid Hairstyle

Bubble double twist hairdo

Create a beautiful and cute hairstyle by combining French braids with bubbles. Make French-style hair with little bubble braids and tie each bubble with a rubber band. These double braids are perfect for a schoolgirl look!

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Fishtail French Braid

Simple yet elegant fishtail braid

A single French fishtail braid starts high on the head, the braid then seamlessly incorporates hair along the way, creating a cohesive and polished look. The remaining hair can be left straight or styled in loose waves for added texture.

Half-n-Half Pony Hairstyle

Side fishtail braids with ponytail

Two French fishtail braids start near the temples, weaving their way down the sides of the head with a touch of whimsy. They meet at the crown and are secured in a high ponytail, keeping hair cool and manageable. This style is perfect for a fun day at the beach or a summer music festival.

Cottagecore Braided Hairdo

Double braids transformed into pigtails

This playful hairstyle is equal parts fun and functional. It starts with two classic French braids at the temples and travels down the head. But instead of ending traditionally, they transform into playful pigtails! The ends are secured with colorful ribbons, adding a pop of personality.

Braids Into Bun

One side French braids wrapped around a bun

This French braid hairstyle starts near your temple. It weaves its way down the side of your head, gathering hair as it goes. Instead of ending at the nape, the braid takes a surprising turn. It wraps gracefully around a low bun at the back of your head, creating a unique and romantic look.

Front Double French Braids

Double front braided hairstyle

Two sleek French braids start right at the front of your hairline and travel back in a diagonal direction, incorporating hair with each weave. At the crown of your head, the braids merge into a high ponytail, creating a strong and confident silhouette.

French Braided Pigtails

Double front French braids into half-up pigtails

Recreating this hairstyle could be a little tricky. Two French braids begin at the front of your head, weaving back diagonally. But instead of forming a ponytail, they stop halfway down the head. Each braid is secured with a clear elastic and fluffed out slightly, creating two adorable pigtails.

Two into One French Braid

Two plaits combining into one

Create a unique hairstyle by making two French braids from the top of your head and then combining them into one braid. It gives a sporty vibe and looks clean and polished. This look is a perfect hairdo for jogging, running, or doing sports activities.

Side Double French Braids

Thin side French braids into half-up pony

A single, delicate French braid starts near your temple and incorporates only thin sections of hair, creating a wispy effect. The braid travels down the side of your head before you secure it with a clear elastic at the crown. You gather the remaining hair into a loose, half-up ponytail, adding volume and texture.

Curly Hair French Braids

Front double French braid hairstyle

Two French braids start at the front of your head, incorporating sections of your curly hair as they weave back diagonally. Due to the shorter length, the braids might not reach all the way to the back, but that’s part of the charm!

Summer French Braid Hairstyle

Side mini and curved French braid

French braid starts near your temple, but instead of going straight back, it takes a gentle curve. It weaves a short distance down the side of your head, incorporating just a small section of hair. This mini braid adds a touch of detail without taking away from the loose, open waves cascading down your back.

Easy Prom Hairstyle

Braided hair from the side around

A thick French braid starts subtly near your temple, incorporating hair as it travels down the side of your head. But instead of ending at the nape, it takes a surprising turn. The braid continues all the way around your head, creating a beautiful crown of hair.

Side Braided Hairstyle

Fishtail braid into a low ponytail

French braid starts near your temple, weaving its way down the side of your head with a slightly looser, more textured look. The braid incorporates hair as it goes. The rest of your hair is gathered into a relaxed, low ponytail, keeping your hair out of your face while still looking stylish.

Braided Half-up Ponytail

Single front french braids into a ponytail

A single French braid starts right at the front of your hairline, framing your face. It travels diagonally back, incorporating hair with each weave. Lastly, secure the braid with an elastic at the crown of your head and gather the remaining hair into a high or low ponytail.

Double Messy Hair Bun

Double French braids into a messy hair bun

Two French braids start at the front of the hairline and travel back in diagonal sections, incorporating most of your hair. They meet at the crown and are loosely gathered into a messy bun. The braids help conceal any greasiness at the roots while adding texture and volume to the bun.

Voluminous French Braids

Simple yet chic voluminous single French braid hairstyle

French braid starts subtly near your crown as it weaves its way down the back of your head, it incorporates hair but with a looser touch, creating a slightly thicker and more voluminous braid compared to a traditional tight French braid. The braid itself isn’t the star of the show but the subtle volume it creates throughout your hair.

Prom Perfect Hairstyle

Waterfall style French hair braids

French braid starts near your temple, weaving its way down the side of your head in a classic style. Additionally, instead of incorporating all the hair into the braid at each section, you leave some strands loose to cascade down your back like a waterfall.

Top To Tip French Braid

Front double fishtail French braid

Two delicate fishtail braids start right at the front of your hairline, framing your face. They travel diagonally back, incorporating hair with a looser, textured weave specific to fishtail braids. As the braids reach the crown of your head, they cleverly merge into a single, thicker fishtail braid that continues down the back.

Double French Braid Hairstyle

Front double French braid headband hairstyle

Two sleek French braids start at the front of your head, weaving back diagonally but staying closer to your hairline. This creates a headband effect that keeps hair out of your face. The braids meet at the back and are secured with bobby pins, leaving the rest of your hair flowing freely down your back.

Funky French Braid

Double French braided hair with an additional purple wig

Two classic French braids start at the front and travel back in diagonal sections. They meet at the crown, where you secure them with an elastic. Subsequently, attach a purple wig to the base of the braids, cascading down your back and creating a dramatic color contrast.

Bridesmaid Hairstyle

Side partitioned twisted front into a French fishtail braid

At the front, a section of hair is secured back diagonally, this twisted section feeds into a French fishtail braid that starts just behind the ear. It incorporate hair with a looser, textured weave into the fishtail braid, creating a whimsical touch. You can add tiny flowers into the braid, as shown above, at different points, adding pops of color and a romantic vibe.

Short Hair Braid

Cute side French braid

A dainty French braid starts near the temple on the side with less hair. It weaves its way down the side of your head, incorporating even smaller sections of hair due to the shorter length. The braid might not reach all the way to the nape, but that adds to the charm!

Chic Hair Updo

Front French braid into entire hair braid

French braid starts prominently at the front of your hairline weaving back diagonally, incorporating hair with each section until it gathers all your hair. The braid continues down the back of your head in a classic style. The very end of the braid is secured not with an elastic, but by wrapping a small section of hair around it and pinning it in place.

Trendy Braided Hairstyles

Voluminous side braid hair into a ponytail

The thick French braid starts near the temple on the side with more hair. It incorporates hair with a looser touch, creating a voluminous braid that adds texture and dimension to your hairstyle. The braid travels down the back of your head in a diagonal direction. At the crown or lower on the head, depending on your preference, the braid is secured with an elastic to form a high or low ponytail.

Quick Braided Hairstyle

Simple and cute side braided hairstyle

A classic French braid starts near your temple on one side. It weaves its way down the back of your head, incorporating hair with each section to keep it secure. The braid can end at the nape of your neck or continue down further depending on your hair length.

Athletic Braided Hairstyle

Double French Dutch braid

Unlike traditional French braids, the under sections are brought over the middle section, creating a raised and secure style. These braids travel down the head on either side, incorporating hair with each weave. This style is perfect for the gym because it keeps all your hair securely in place.

Ultimate Braided Hair

Hair twisted up front with fishtail braids

Two sections of hair are twisted back diagonally from the front, framing your face. These twisted sections meet in the middle and feed into two separate fishtail braids. The braids continue down the back of your head, cascading freely or secured with elastics depending on your preference.

Braid To Flower Bun

French Dutch braided hairstyle

Two classic French braids begin prominently from the front, but instead of continuing down the back, they take a surprising turn. As the braids reach the crown of your head, you weave them together in a circular pattern, resembling a beautiful flower. Lastly, incorporate the remaining hair into the flower bun or leave it loose for a more relaxed look.

Princess Braid Hairstyle

Middle partitioned front double braid hairstyle

A neat center part showcases your hair symmetry. Two classic braids start directly at the front hairline, framing your face. They weave back diagonally, incorporating hair with each section. At the back of your head, the braids are secured with a ribbon or elastic. The remaining hair flows freely down your back in loose waves or a straight style.

Clean Braided Hair

Side asymmetrical braided hair

A thick French braid starts high up on one side of your head, near the temple. It incorporates hair with a tight weave, creating a strong and structured braid. The braid travels down the side of your head in a diagonal direction, not perfectly straight but with a slight asymmetry that adds a touch of interest.

Floral Braided Hairstyle

Double French Dutch braided hairstyle

French braids starting from the front of your hairline, weave their way down either side of your head. Unlike traditional French braids, the under sections are brought over the middle for a raised and prominent style. As the braids travel down, delicate daisies are pinned throughout, adding a touch of whimsy and freshness.

Braided Rose Bun

Front double French fishtail braids

Two fishtail braids, known for their looser and textured weave, begin at the front of your hairline, framing your face. They travel back diagonally, incorporating hair with each section. At the crown of your head, the braids are gathered and woven together to form a beautiful rose bun, resembling the delicate flower. The remaining hair flows freely down your back in loose waves or curls.

Braided Space Bun

Back double French braids with space bun

Two classic French braids start at the nape of your neck, incorporating hair as they travel upwards on either side of your head. This placement keeps the hair off your neck and shoulders, perfect for hot weather. At the crown of your head, the braids are secured with elastics and then styled into two high buns, resembling space buns.

Medieval Braided

Side delicate French braids into a chic bun

A thin French braid starts near your temple. Unlike a traditional braid, it incorporates only small sections of hair, creating a delicate and wispy effect. The braid travels down the side of your head before being secured with a clear elastic at the nape of your neck. The remaining hair is gathered into a sleek and chic bun, low on the back of your head.

Elegant French Hair

Side defined French braid into a messy bun

A thick French braid starts near your temple, while the braid travels down the side of your head in a diagonal direction. At the front, you leave a few loose strands out to frame your face, adding a touch of softness. You then gather the braid and the remaining hair, styling them into a messy bun at the nape of your neck.

Delicate Fishtail Braid

Twisted front with delicate fishtail French braid hairstyle

Two sections of hair are twisted back diagonally from the front, framing your face. These twists meet in the middle and seamlessly transition into a single, delicate fishtail braid. The fishtail braid incorporates hair with a looser, textured weave, adding a whimsical element. The braid travels down the center of your back, adding a touch of detail.

Multiple Braided Hairstyle

Multiple French braid hairstyle

French braids start at the front of your hairline, close together and framing your face. Each braid incorporates small sections of hair, creating a delicate and intricate look. As the braids travel back diagonally, they gradually merge together into a thicker braid. At the crown of your head, all the braids are secured with elastic to form a half-up ponytail. The remaining hair flows freely down your back.

Headband French Braid

Side partitioned headband french braid

A deep side part showcases your beautiful hair texture. Starting near the temple on the side with less hair, a French braid begins. It incorporates hair with a tight weave, creating a clean and defined braid that travels across your head like a headband. This braid stays close to your hairline, keeping hair out of your face. The remaining hair can be left loose in waves or curls.

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