11 Braided Hairstyles For Summer Because These Hair Mavens Will Make You Up Your Braid Game

These days, summer is in full swing, the temperature is skyrocketing, and humidity is just killing the hair game. But instead of fighting frizz with keratin treatments or shaving it all off, there's one major look that can save your seasonal strand style — summer braids. From tight micro-braids and classical french plaits to bold basket-weaves and twisted fishtails, there are a myriad of options to keep your crowning glory looking royal all season.

Maybe it's because they're beautiful, maybe because it's summer and my curly locks want to be as poofy as possible, but I think the main reason I'm so fixated with braids is because I'm terrible at doing them. Yes, that's the shameful truth; I can't even create a simple, classic braid. I blame my mom for my lack of hair skillz; she's kept her wash-and-go ultra-curly hair in the same short style for over 40 years, so she never passed down any helpful styling tips. (But I still love ya mom!)

Until I get my shiz together and figure out how to weave my wig, I'll have to settle for obsessing from afar. Fortunately for me (and all of you too), there are plenty of talented tress artists on Instagram to provide oodles of coif eye-candy. Check out which brilliant braiders made my mane list.

1. Milk-fed Milkmaid

I scream, you scream, we all scream for this gorgeous garland of hair.

2. Spin A Yarn

Brighten up your life with pastel yarn braids.

3. Get Twisted

Give a fishtail a new spin by wrapping two around a bun.

4. Grey Gardens

Can't decide if you want to have your hair up or down? Why not both?!

5. A-Tisket, A-Tasket

Check out this basket (braid, that is)!

6. In Love

Wear your heart on your head with this loveable style.

7. Double Helix

Style is in her DNA.

8. Fishtail Fantasy

Forget classic fishtail, reel them in with a three-strand style.

9. Sand Art Style

The perfect way to show off a freshly multi-dyed mane.

10. Another Dimension

Add depth with woven grey highlights.

11. Peek-A-Braid

Surprise anyone behind you with a playful peek-a-boo braid.

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