Listen up friends, because it's time to turn off your hot tools — braided hairstyles are all the rage this spring. So don't worry about curling your hair to perfection or straightening the life out of your strands. Celebrities, designers, and hair stylists all agree that braids are one of the hottest hair trends for spring 2016.
From messy and loose to tight and sleek, braids of all sorts here to stay. These styles are understated enough for brunch, yet elegant enough for a cocktail party. If celebs can rock these cool 'dos from dusk till dawn, then so can you. You just have to brush up on your braiding skills.
One of the best parts about these trendy hairstyles is just how universal they are. Forget about styling around your hair type! These braids look great no matter what your natural texture is. So go ahead and get braiding. These styles are sure to look fabulous on you. Here are nine of the top braided hairstyles that you should be rocking this spring.
1. Dutch Braided Pigtails
Channel your inner diva by rocking these edgy pigtails. Everyone from Kim K to Rita Ora have been spotted rocking this look.
2. Low Braided Ponytail
Look runway-ready this spring by sporting this gorgeous hairstyle. Designers like Rebecca Minkoff, JW Anderson, and Proezna Schouler have been loving this style the past two seasons, and it's sure to be a big hit during the warmer months.
3. Woven Braids
How gorgeous are these braids from the Alice + Olivia Spring/Summer 2016 runway? This style would look amazing on any hair type, and is perfect for hotter spring days.
4. Messy Braided Updo
Spruce up your traditional messy updo by adding in thicker braids on either side. It gives your hairstyle a bit of extra dimension that's both sexy and chic.
5. Tight Side Braids
Add a bit of edge to your everyday hairstyle by adding a tightly woven side braid. Not only is this look pretty badass, but it also takes a maximum of thirty seconds to create. It's perfect for those days when you need a quick and easy style.
6. Braided Buns
Can we have a moment of silence for this gorgeous hairstyle? It's so good. Braid lovers everywhere need to be recreating this lovely braided bun ASAP.
7. Messy Fishtail Braids
This is probably one of my favorite braided hairstyles of all time. It's messy, understatement, and stylish. Start by creating two separate fishtail braids on either side of your part, and then weave them together as you get towards the back of the crown. It may take some practice, but the end result is completely worth it.
8. Skinny Braids
Here's a fun style that works with any hair texture. Simply braid small sections of hair, and leave the rest of your locks down. It's bohemian, fun, and fashionable. What more could you want?
Bye-bye blowouts, and hello gorgeous braids!