6 Chic & Easy Braids You Can Do Yourself

I’m always in a rush to get out the door in the mornings. With two little boys, my beauty routine is often bare bones, so the little I get to do for myself needs to go a long way. Enter the quick morning braid—the perfect solution to my messy hair woes.

I’m a pro at doing other people’s hair, but sometimes braiding my own can be a little tricky. Thankfully, I’ve found a few easy braids that I’ve mastered. They’re easy enough to do on your own, and they look really polished despite how easy they are to achieve.

Check out my favorite DIY braided hairstyles that you’re sure to be adding to your weekly routine.

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The Figure 8

figure 8 twisted braid

 Image: The Everygirl; Hair by: Maritza Buelvas; Photo by Tamara Gruner

This darling figure-eight braid is pretty easy to DIY, so don’t be intimidated. This is a sample of my work, so here’s the quick low-down. You will be working with just two strands (just like a fishtail), taking a thin layer of hair from the right strand and wrapping it around itself, then joining the strand with the left side, and then re-routing the same strand back to the right—think a fluid figure-eight movement. Catch my whole tutorial on The Everygirl. It’s pretty goof proof when replicating the look on yourself, trust me. (I did the hair in this photo!)

The French Fish

fishtail braid red hair

Image: Brit + Co; Hair by Misty Spinney

Keep things interesting by mixing up two traditional tutorials: a french braid up top and a fishtail at the bottom. This easy DIY tutorial via Brit + Co will keep your look current while oozing a bit of drama. Add minimal makeup and you’re out the door.

Messy Crown Braid

short hair crown braid

 Image: The Wonder Forest; Hair by Dana

This braid is perfect for any length of hair but works especially nicely on lobs and bobs. Inverted french or fishtail braids on both sides of your head join at the back for an easy style that’ll get you out the door quickly. The look is pretty simple because it doesn’t have to be perfect—in fact, the messier, the better. Catch the complete tutorial on The Wonder Forest.

Loose Rope Braid

loose rope braid blonde hair

Image: Girls Best Day; Hair by Janet Miranda

The lack of structure makes this braid romantic, enchanting, and ultra easy to replicate for an everyday style. Give this one a whirl for warm days and even warmer nights. (I love it for date night.) See the complete tutorial at A Girls Best Day

Upside Down Braid 

upside down braid steps

Image: The Barefoot Blonde

This braid works great for wet or dry hair and even for the gym! This little gem is also fantastic for wearing to your next wedding. See the complete tutorial on Barefoot Blonde.

The Braided Bang

braided bangs

Image: Brit + Co

If you’re growing out your bangs, you’re going to want to rock this style almost every day. This quick DIY braid via Brit + Co will solve any hair dilemma and add interest to your face. Throw on some mascara, blush, and lipstick, and you’re glam-to-go!

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