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MP! Style Guide: What are the different types of braids?


Braids are super trendy right now (thank you Kardashian/Jenner clan), but to be able to do a proper YouTube search on how to copy these looks, you have to know what they’re called. Use this guide to help learn how to identify the many different types of braids.

Classic 3-strand braid

The basic braid that all other braids are based on

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French braid

A 3-strand braid that incorporates more hair as it goes

A photo posted by Hair by Tara (@hairbytmarie) on

Dutch braid

The same as a French braid except pieces are weaved under instead of over while braiding

Fishtail braid

Hair is divided into two pieces rather than three, and small pieces are weaved across from either side

Rope braid

A 2-strand braid that’s wrapped rather than weaved

A photo posted by kasia wheeler (@hairapy411) on

Waterfall braid

A French braid with select pieces dropped rather than weaved

Lace braid

A French braid where new pieces are only incorporated from one side

A photo posted by Renee Marie (@stylzbyrenee) on

Square braid

A braiding method that results in a four-sided braid

A photo posted by @ana_banana_1998 on


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Written by Jackie Kolgraf

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I'm the lead style/beauty writer & U.S. content coordinator here at Maximum Pop!, where I get to combine my love for Louis Tomlinson with his love for Adidas. I hail from Boston, and I'm obsessed with my wiener dog, nail art trends, One Direction, and perfume samples. I believe in daily pizza.

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