Braided hairstyles

by SheKnows
Jul 30, 2011 at 3:37 p.m. ET
Rachel McAdams rekindles images of Old Hollywood screen sirens with this classic hairstyle. The pomp up front is pretty, but the braid in back is really what makes it look feminine. Photo courtesy WENN.

1 /136: Tamara Beckwith

1/136 :Tamara Beckwith

Tamara Beckwith is youthful and cute with this tiny side braid that's a sassy addition to any short hairstyle. Photo courtesy WENN.

2 /136: Cheryl Cole

2/136 :Cheryl Cole

Cheryl Cole rocks an adorable side braid under a hat as she runs her daily errands. Photo courtesy WENN.

3 /136: Eva Mendes

3/136 :Eva Mendes

Eva Mendes looks like a princess from the middle ages with this updo braid that's fun and funky. Photo courtesy WENN.

4 /136: Beyonce

4/136 :Beyonce

There isn't a hairstyle that doesn't look good on Beyonce, and this beautiful side braid is no exception. Photo courtesy WENN

5 /136: Demi Lovato

5/136 :Demi Lovato

Demi Lovato braids her bangs to the side in this casual hairstyle. Photo courtesy WENN

6 /136: Alesha Dixon

6/136 :Alesha Dixon

Alesha Dixon braids the crown of her hair for this casual hairstyle. Photo courtesy WENN

7 /136: Braided hairstyle - Loose crown braid

7/136 :Braided hairstyle - Loose crown braid

This beautiful look features a braid that goes all around the crown.

8 /136: Brandy

8/136 :Brandy

Brandy wears her tight braids in a low bun. Photo courtesy WENN

9 /136: Beth Behrs

9/136 :Beth Behrs

Beth Behrs braids her blonde hair into this chic bun. Photo courtesy WENN

10 /136: Debra Messing

10/136 :Debra Messing

Debra Messing adds a single braid to her hairstyle for extra flair. Photo courtesy WENN

11 /136: Keira Knightley

11/136 :Keira Knightley

Keira Knightley braids her hair into a loose headband braid. Photo courtesy WENN

12 /136: Stana Katic

12/136 :Stana Katic

Stana Katic braids her long brown hair into a single braid. Photo courtesy WENN

13 /136: Suki Waterhouse

13/136 :Suki Waterhouse

Suki Waterhouse pulls her blonde hair into a single side braid hairstyle. Photo courtesy WENN

14 /136: Venus Williams

14/136 :Venus Williams

Venus Williams sweeps her braids to one side for this asymmetrical hairstyle. Photo courtesy WENN

15 /136: Ariel Winter

15/136 :Ariel Winter

Ariel Winter braids her hair into a headband in this braided hairstyle. Photo courtesy WENN

16 /136: Bonnie Wright

16/136 :Bonnie Wright

Bonnie Wright braids her red hair into a side ponytail. Photo courtesy WENN

17 /136: Emily Hampshire

17/136 :Emily Hampshire

Emily Hampshire braids her black hair into a thick side braid. Photo courtesy WENN

18 /136: Jacqui Ainsley

18/136 :Jacqui Ainsley

Jacqui Ainsley styles her blond hair with a headband braid. Photo courtesy WENN

19 /136: Joanna Newsom

19/136 :Joanna Newsom

Joanna Newsom braids her hair into an intricate updo. Photo courtesy WENN

20 /136: Kaley Cuoco

20/136 :Kaley Cuoco

Kaley Cuoco adds tiny braids into her updo for this casual hairstyle. Photo courtesy WENN

21 /136: Florence Welch

21/136 :Florence Welch

Florence Welch braids her beautiful red hair into a head band for this hairstyle. Photo courtesy WENN

22 /136: Whitney Port

22/136 :Whitney Port

Whitney Port looks beautiful with her blond hair braided into a loose side braid. Photo courtesy WENN

23 /136: Guest

23/136 :Guest

This guest wears her twisted braids in a loose ponytail on the red carpet. Photo courtesy WENN

24 /136: Isla Fisher

24/136 :Isla Fisher

Isla Fisher braids her red hair into a loose side ponytail for the red carpet. Photo courtesy WENN

25 /136: Jennifer Stone

25/136 :Jennifer Stone

Jennifer Stone braids her wavy brown hair into a headband around her face. Photo courtesy WENN

26 /136: Kate Lawler

26/136 :Kate Lawler

Kate Lawler looks summertime casual with her hair in a simple side braid. Photo courtesy WENN

27 /136: Lea Michele

27/136 :Lea Michele

Lea Michele braids her hair into a headband and a bun for the Fox Upfronts. Photo courtesy WENN

28 /136: Melissa Joan Hart

28/136 :Melissa Joan Hart

Melissa Joan Hart braids her bangs into this tiny side braid. Photo courtesy WENN

29 /136: Suzanne Mccabe

29/136 :Suzanne Mccabe

Suzanne Mccabe braids her blonde hair into a side twisted braid. Photo courtesy WENN

30 /136: Heather Morris

30/136 :Heather Morris

Heather Morris braids her ponytail for this simple hairstyle. Photo courtesy WENN

31 /136: Isabella Castillo

31/136 :Isabella Castillo

Isabella Castillo adds detail to an otherwise casual hairstyle with this tight side braid. Photo courtesy WENN

32 /136: Jessica Alba

32/136 :Jessica Alba

Jessica Alba braids her brown hair in a side braid for her day of errands. Photo courtesy WENN

33 /136: Joy Bryant

33/136 :Joy Bryant

Joy Bryant wears her hair in tight braids. Photo courtesy WENN

34 /136: Julie Bowen

34/136 :Julie Bowen

Julie Bowen looks young and casual with her pig tail braids. Photo courtesy WENN

35 /136: Lena Dunham

35/136 :Lena Dunham

Lena Dunham braids her hair into a headband for her red carpet look. Photo courtesy WENN

36 /136: Miley Cyrus

36/136 :Miley Cyrus

Miley Cyrus details her hair with a small side braid with her bangs. Photo courtesy WENN

37 /136: Miranda Kerr

37/136 :Miranda Kerr

Miranda Kerr looks cute and casual with a loose braided ponytail. Photo courtesy WENN

38 /136: Nicky Hilton

38/136 :Nicky Hilton

Nicky Hilton accessorizes her side braid with a fashionable hat on a day out. Photo courtesy WENN

39 /136: Tori Spelling

39/136 :Tori Spelling

Tori Spelling braids her bangs to add detail to her otherwise straight hairstyle. Photo courtesy WENN

40 /136: Blake Lively

40/136 :Blake Lively

Blake Lively adds dimension to her hair with this multi-braid hairstyle. She looks simply wonderful. Photo courtesy of WENN.

41 /136: Emma Roberts

41/136 :Emma Roberts

Emma Roberts shows she's young and full of style with her braided part hairstyle. It's the perfect look for summer. Photo courtesy of WENN.

42 /136: Gwen Stefani

42/136 :Gwen Stefani

Gwen Stefani stays casual with her updo, but adds a braid for detail and functionality. She looks flawless as always. Photo courtesy of WENN.

43 /136: Jessica Alba

43/136 :Jessica Alba

Jessica Alba styles her hair with two rows of braided hair headbands. It's a beautiful and unique look for her. Photo courtesy of WENN

44 /136: Kaley Cuoco

44/136 :Kaley Cuoco

Kaley Cuoco braids her hair into a low bun for this simple red carpet look. Photo courtesy of WENN.

45 /136: Rachel McAdams

45/136 :Rachel McAdams

Rachel McAdams rocks the side braid and the pouf with grace and beauty. We love this look. Photo courtesy of WENN.

46 /136: Rihanna

46/136 :Rihanna

Rihanna wears her red braids like a crown for this beautiful hairstyle.

47 /136: Whitney Port

47/136 :Whitney Port

Whitney Port stays casual with multiple braids for her day at the spa. A perfect hairstyle for her long blonde locks.

48 /136: Caroline Flack

48/136 :Caroline Flack

Caroline Flack tucks a single braid behind her right ear for a look that's pretty and bohemian. Photo courtesy WENN.

49 /136: Jessica Szohr

49/136 :Jessica Szohr

Jessica Szohr rocks this dark black side braid in style with some side swept bangs as an accessory. Photo courtesy WENN.

50 /136: Rachel Bilson

50/136 :Rachel Bilson

Rachel Bilson braids her naturally straight hair into this side swept look for a day out shopping. Photo courtesy WENN.

51 /136: Nicola McLean

51/136 :Nicola McLean

Nicola McLean is twisted and braided into bohemian perfection with this all-about-braids look. Photo courtesy WENN.

52 /136: Nicola McLean

52/136 :Nicola McLean

Nicola McLean adds a simple braid to her ponytailed look for a bit of added interest. Photo courtesy WENN.

53 /136: Adriana Karembeu

53/136 :Adriana Karembeu

Adriana Karembeu crimps up her hair, then adds a long side braid into the mix, giving her an edgy and updated style. Photo courtesy WENN.

54 /136: Brooke Kinsella

54/136 :Brooke Kinsella

Brooke Kinsella tucks two braids behind her ears, pinning them for pixie perfection. Photo courtesy WENN.

55 /136: Stacey Solomon

55/136 :Stacey Solomon

Stacey Solomon creates a headband of hair with this front-braided hairstyle. Photo courtesy WENN.

56 /136: Mary J Blige

56/136 :Mary J Blige

Mary J Blige looks like the sophisticated songstress she is with this romantic, middle ages-inspired look. Photo courtesy WENN.

57 /136: Danielle Lloyd

57/136 :Danielle Lloyd

Danielle Lloyd looks simply stunning as she DJs a dance event. She simply makes a braid her "crown" around her head. Photo courtesy WENN.

58 /136: Karen Gillan

58/136 :Karen Gillan

Karen Gillan looks like she just stepped off the opera stage with this pretty braided updo that's perfect with her red hair. Photo courtesy WENN.

59 /136: Kim Kardashian

59/136 :Kim Kardashian

Kim Kardashian is braided into this seductive, Egyptian-inspired side braid that looks sexy and fun. Photo courtesy WENN.

60 /136: Liz McClarnon

60/136 :Liz McClarnon

Liz McClarnon looks pretty with a simple side braid and dangling strands up front that give her a casual look. Photo courtesy WENN.

61 /136: Michelle Dewberry

61/136 :Michelle Dewberry

Michelle Dewberry adorns her head with a braided "crown," complemented by wispy strands in back. Photo courtesy WENN.

62 /136: Nicole Richie

62/136 :Nicole Richie

Nicole Richie takes her braided updo hairstyle to the streets with this adorable look, perfect for a casual day shopping. Photo courtesy WENN.

63 /136: Rachel Stevens

63/136 :Rachel Stevens

Rachel Stevens goes with a simple braid down the back of her head for this red carpet event. It never goes out of style. Photo courtesy WENN.

64 /136: Tess Daly

64/136 :Tess Daly

Tess Daly takes a single braided strand and twists it around her head for a sophisticated updo. Photo courtesy WENN.

65 /136: Lea Seydoux

65/136 :Lea Seydoux

Lea Seydoux is messy and pretty with this gorgeous side braid that allows her to show off her face without looking too kempt. Photo courtesy WENN.

66 /136: Miley Cyrus

66/136 :Miley Cyrus

Miley Cyrus looks gorgeous with this super long, super thick braid that allows her to show off the top of her gown. Photo courtesy WENN.

67 /136: Jessica Simpson

67/136 :Jessica Simpson

Jessica Simpson signs autographs with this adorable, braided updo adorning her head. Her hair is out of her face and she's ready to get back to the serious business of being famous. Photo courtesy WENN.

68 /136: Deborah Cox

68/136 :Deborah Cox

Deborah Cox keeps her hair in check with these super tight braids, which allow her to wake up and go at a moment's notice. Photo courtesy WENN.

69 /136: Sheila E

69/136 :Sheila E

Sheila E is a combination of island and pretty with these up tops braids, which lead into girly, tight curls. Photo courtesy WENN.

70 /136: Kate Hudson

70/136 :Kate Hudson

Kate Hudson keeps the hair out of her face with this braided style, which takes her bangs and forms a braided "tiara" around the front of her hairstyle. Photo courtesy WENN.

71 /136: Fan Bingbing

71/136 :Fan Bingbing

Fan Bingbing looks like she just stepped off the opera stage with this roundabout braid that's shown off by pinning the rest of her hair back into a bun. Photo courtesy WENN.

72 /136: Preeya Kalida

72/136 :Preeya Kalida

Preeya Kalida takes her braid to the side for a little bohemian impact to an otherwise traditional hairstyle. She adds a bit of poof to the top of her hair for new dimension. Photo courtesy WENN.

73 /136: Blake Lively

73/136 :Blake Lively

Blake Lively is a combination of messy and put together with this braid and ponytail bundle that looks completely bohemian chic. Photo courtesy WENN.

74 /136: Curls with a Braided Headband

74/136 :Curls with a Braided Headband

Gorgeous flowing curls set off with a braided headband across the front.

75 /136: Braid Front Updo

75/136 :Braid Front Updo

Curly twisted updo with a thin braided headband.

76 /136: Loose Side French Braid

76/136 :Loose Side French Braid

Romantic yet elegant side French braid.

77 /136: Braided Top Straight Back

77/136 :Braided Top Straight Back

Slick straight hair down the back styled with a braid at the top.

78 /136: Long Messy Braid

78/136 :Long Messy Braid

So simple and chic center parted braid.

79 /136: Loose Side Braid

79/136 :Loose Side Braid

Curly hair loosely braided to the side.

80 /136: Loose Side Fishtail Braid

80/136 :Loose Side Fishtail Braid

Chic red haired side fishtail end braid.

81 /136: Braided High Bun

81/136 :Braided High Bun

Simply elegant high braided bun.

82 /136: Playful Braids

82/136 :Playful Braids

Multiple side braids joined together into a ponytail.

83 /136: Braided Crown Updo

83/136 :Braided Crown Updo

Multiple braided headbands in a chic unique updo.

84 /136: Youthful Braided Headband

84/136 :Youthful Braided Headband

Cute and classic thick braided headband updo.

85 /136: Low Braided Updo

85/136 :Low Braided Updo

A chic updo with an across the bottom braid.

86 /136: Double Braided Top Updo

86/136 :Double Braided Top Updo

Two braids from a center part gathered in a curly updo.

87 /136: Double Braid Headband

87/136 :Double Braid Headband

Two braided headbands leading to an elegant updo.

88 /136: Loose Side Braid

88/136 :Loose Side Braid

Deep side part with a loose side braid in an updo.

89 /136: Side Fishtail Braid

89/136 :Side Fishtail Braid

A casual side fishtail braid.

90 /136: Braid Topped Long Loose Hair

90/136 :Braid Topped Long Loose Hair

Center part with two loose braids with straight blonde locks.

91 /136: Braided Roots

91/136 :Braided Roots

Mutliple tiny braided roots center parted and wavy long locks.

92 /136: Casual Side Braid

92/136 :Casual Side Braid

Long locks in a casual side braid.

93 /136: Braided hairstyle - Braid with flower clasp

93/136 :Braided hairstyle - Braid with flower clasp

This look features a classic braid accented by a red flower clasp.

94 /136: Wedding hair - Braided bun

94/136 :Wedding hair - Braided bun

This wedding hairstyle features braids that flow into a bun.

95 /136: Pinned Braid Updo

95/136 :Pinned Braid Updo

Multiple braids pinned up for a fresh updo.

96 /136: Long Thick Braid

96/136 :Long Thick Braid

A thick and long side braid.

97 /136: Wedding hair - Fishtail braid an bun

97/136 :Wedding hair - Fishtail braid an bun

This wedding hairstyle features a fishtail braid and a bun.

98 /136: Braided hairstyle - Low pigtail braids

98/136 :Braided hairstyle - Low pigtail braids

This everyday hairstyle features two low pigtail braids.

99 /136: Chic Romantic Braided Updo

99/136 :Chic Romantic Braided Updo

Youthful and romantic braided updo with bright headbands.

100 /136: Large Braided High Bun

100/136 :Large Braided High Bun

Elegant high bun with a thick wrapped braid.

101 /136: Braided hairstyle - Sleek pigtail braids

101/136 :Braided hairstyle - Sleek pigtail braids

This everyday hairstyle features two low pigtail braids.

102 /136: Braided hairstyle - Side part, low loose braid

102/136 :Braided hairstyle - Side part, low loose braid

This everyday hairstyle features a side part and a low, loose braid.

103 /136: Bun with a Side Braid

103/136 :Bun with a Side Braid

Dress up a normal bun with a braided side piece twisted in.

104 /136: Braided hairstyle - Summer braids

104/136 :Braided hairstyle - Summer braids

These pigtail braids are perfectly accented by a large brimmed hat.

105 /136: Braided hairstyle - Loose braids, wavy hair

105/136 :Braided hairstyle - Loose braids, wavy hair

This look features loose pigtail braids applied to wavy hair.

106 /136: Braided hairstyle - Rachel McAdams double braid

106/136 :Braided hairstyle - Rachel McAdams double braid

Get Rachel McAdams red carpet look by applying two thin braids to the top of the head.

107 /136: Braided hairstyle - Side braid, loose bun

107/136 :Braided hairstyle - Side braid, loose bun

This look features a side braid that is fastened into a loose bun.

108 /136: Braided hairstyle - Very loose side braid, curly hair

108/136 :Braided hairstyle - Very loose side braid, curly hair

This look features a very loose side braid applied to curly hair.

109 /136: Braided hairstyle - French braid on curly hair

109/136 :Braided hairstyle - French braid on curly hair

This look features a loose french braid applied to curly hair.

110 /136: Braided hairstyle - Crown braid

110/136 :Braided hairstyle - Crown braid

This beautiful look features several braids starting at the crown then gathered together on the side in a bun.

111 /136: Braided hairstyle - Dutch Crown braid

111/136 :Braided hairstyle - Dutch Crown braid

This beautiful look features a braid that goes all around the crown.

112 /136: Braided and tucked

112/136 :Braided and tucked

Jennifer Morrison wore this look on the red carpet, but it would look beautiful under a veil. The braids are a classic look that never go out of style. Photo courtesy WENN.

113 /136: Kirsten Dunst

113/136 :Kirsten Dunst

Kirsten Dunst is curly and twisted with this subtly braided updo. Her natural curls are braided into a bun for an ethereal look. Photo courtesy WENN.

114 /136: Cheska Hull

114/136 :Cheska Hull

Cheska Hull adds a bohemian accent braid to her otherwise straight-forward, sophisticated ponytail hairstyle. Photo courtesy WENN.

115 /136: Rihanna's bright red braid

115/136 :Rihanna's bright red braid

Rihanna isn't afraid to try new things with her hairstyle, and lucky for her, each of them works with her face. Here, her gorgeous opera-singer-inspired braid is sweet and sexy. Photo courtesy WENN.

116 /136: Edith Bowman

116/136 :Edith Bowman

Edith Bowman keeps her hair back with a stunning braid that lines the front of her head in classic, Victorian-era hairstyle fashion. Photo courtesy WENN.

117 /136: Jessica Alba

117/136 :Jessica Alba

Jessica Alba shows off her beautiful face by keeping her hair back. Here, she uses two braids as a "tiara," and follows up with a tight bun in back. Photo courtesy WENN.

118 /136: Sammy Winward

118/136 :Sammy Winward

Sammy Winward shows off the pretty neckline of her dress with a braided updo that looks great with her face shape and hair color.

119 /136: Emma Roberts

119/136 :Emma Roberts

Emma Roberts is a budding fashionista, and here she proves why. She's managed to make this braided hairstyle look youthful and put together at the same time. Photo courtesy WENN.

120 /136: Pixie Lott

120/136 :Pixie Lott

Pixie Lott constantly changes up her hair. Here, she looks her age with youthful side braids, keeping the rest down to show off her bright blonde color. Photo courtesy WENN.

121 /136: Rosie Huntington-Whiteley

121/136 :Rosie Huntington-Whiteley

Rosie Huntington-Whiteley goes with a simple side braid at Cochella Valley Music Festival. It's a simple style that looks cute and can go unwashed during those music festival days. Photo courtesy WENN.

122 /136: Emilia Fox

122/136 :Emilia Fox

Emilia Fox makes her look youthful and whimsical with a simple side braid that keeps her neckline open, perfect for showing off her necklace and scooping top. Photo courtesy WENN.

123 /136: Trudie Styler

123/136 :Trudie Styler

Trudie Styler places a braid across the base of her head, which looks almost like a tiara that she wears as part of being English theatre royalty. Photo courtesy WENN.

124 /136: Edith Bowman

124/136 :Edith Bowman

Edith Bowman proves that braids aren't just for pre-teens. Here, she classes up the look with an ethereal ode to the ancient braid. Photo courtesy WENN.

125 /136: Fearne Cotton

125/136 :Fearne Cotton

Fearne Cotton loves to change-up her hair, and here she changes up the traditional braid. Piecey bits of hair, rather than large chunks, make up this hairstyle. Photo courtesy WENN.

126 /136: Peaches Geldof

126/136 :Peaches Geldof

Peaches Geldof looks youthful and edgy with her purple-red braid. The colors of her makeup, including a bright red lip, make her hair really pop. Photo courtesy WENN.

127 /136: Danielle Lloyd

127/136 :Danielle Lloyd

Danielle Lloyd looks like a Greek goddess with this pairing of braids and a side bun. The hairstyle perfectly sweeps all of the hair from her face and highlights her shoulders and neck. Photo courtesy WENN.

128 /136: Lisa Snowdon

128/136 :Lisa Snowdon

Lisa Snowdon goes sporty chic with this messy braid that can be carried from day to night. The hairstyle is perfect for the gym. Photo courtesy WENN.

129 /136: Camilla Dallerup

129/136 :Camilla Dallerup

Camilla Dallerup looks put together, yet sporty with this slicked-back look. Two stands of braids prevent her hairstyle from looking too simple. Photo courtesy WENN.

130 /136: Alice Dellal

130/136 :Alice Dellal

Alice Dellal looks fierce and dark with this long, black braid that hangs down to her waist as she walks down the runway in model style. Photo courtesy WENN.

131 /136: Emilia Fox

131/136 :Emilia Fox

Emilia Fox understands the power of the braid. Here, she looks youthful and glowy with her traditional braided blonde style. The twist is that she lets it hang to the side. Photo courtesy WENN.

132 /136: Brooke Vincent

132/136 :Brooke Vincent

Brooke Vincent looks sweet, approachable and adorable with these two front braids running down the front of her pretty red hair. She simply pinned them under her long hair for a unique day look. Photo courtesy WENN.

133 /136: Kat Von D

133/136 :Kat Von D

Kat Von D takes a new twist on her typically hard-edged look with this side braid that's a bit more bohemian than normal for the tattoo artist. Photo courtesy WENN.

134 /136: Elle Macpherson

134/136 :Elle Macpherson

Elle Macpherson goes bold with her braid for this red carpet event. It looks gorgeous on her, too! Photo courtesy of WENN.

135 /136: Kirsten Dunst

135/136 :Kirsten Dunst

By contrasting two types of braids in her hair, Kirsten Dunst creates this beautiful updo for her red carpet appearance. Photo courtesy of WENN.

136 /136: Candice Swanepoel

136/136 :Candice Swanepoel

Candice Swanepoel braids her blond hair into a thick headband braid for this hairstyle. Photo courtesy WENN