Here are some of the best-braided hairstyles out there – perfect for channeling your inner bohemian goddess ready for the (allegedly) imminent sunny season.
Twisted Crown Braid
Via Twist Me Pretty.
A great do for longer, sun-kissed styles, this one’s definitely one for the beach.
Via Real Simple.
Double braiding action here, with thinner plaits creating a focal point to frame the face, before they’re pulled back and incorporated into a bun formed from a thicker braid.
Via Twist Me Pretty.
The technique here may not prove particularly easy, but after looping your way into a Celtic knot, the hairstyle boasts a beautifully simple, understated wow factor.
Fishtail Braid with Yarn
Via A Beautiful Mess.
The popular fishtail style is certainly doing the rounds at the moment – and no wonder, given how stunning it is when done well. Try brushing gently with a toothbrush for more of a casual variation, or better yet, why not wave yarn into it for a colourful, creative take?
Via Keiko Lynn.
This braided updo takes the classic beehive and gives it an ethereal finish with a braid wrapped around the crown. It works best with those who have a bouncy, full fringe to complete the ultimate 60s bohemian look.
Fishtail Braided Headband
Via Chapter Friday.
A slightly fiddly hairstyle, but you’ll be rewarded threefold when the compliments roll in.
Via Missy Sue.
This is a great braid style for thinner hair, as it embraces the malleable, slinky properties than finer hair all too often falls prey to.
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A strong believer in both a flick of liquid eyeliner and a sturdy beehive, Jess Hardiman loves to find her style inspiration from unlikely places – whether it’s classic French cinema of the 60s or just anyone who can resuscitate lifeless hair. In 2013 she was awarded ‘Magazine Journalist of the Year’ at the Manchester Student Media Awards, and these days you’ll find her over at listings website Manchester Wire or her own blog, where she also enthuses about anything from Woody Allen to a glass of sherry.