10 Pinterest-Perfect Braided Hairstyles That Make You Feel Like a Girl on Fire

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When it comes to doing my hair, I have two main styles: down and wavy or straight, or up in a ponytail. As you can probably tell, there's not much experimentation going on here. Now don't get me wrong: I used to rock my fair share of butterfly clips and pigtails back in the day. There's one area I don't have as much experience in, though: braids.

While I can handle the basics, you won't catch me doing a French fishtail braid anytime soon. But now's your chance to freshen up your style. If Katniss Everdeen can nail the look, so can you.

Switch things up with these braided hairstyle tutorials

1. French fishtail braid

I always thought fishtail braids looked hard, but this step-by-step tutorial makes them seem easy.

2. Bubble braid

Grown-ish star Yara Shahidi made a big impression with her braided bubble ponytail, and here's how you can master the look at home. Instead of using a traditional braiding technique, you're getting a braided appearance using small elastic hair ties.

3. Braided top knot

You've probably seen this braided bun style all over Pinterest. Because you're only braiding a small section of your hair, it's quick and easy.

4. Hair scarf milkmaid braid

The most effortless way to give your milkmaid braid a pretty upgrade is to add in a scarf.

5. Side braid

There's a secret to creating a perfect side braid with curly hair: separating it into two parts.

6. Dutch braid

Don't be intimidated by Dutch braids. This tutorial takes things nice and slow, making it a cinch to learn the technique.

7. Infinity braid

Once you put an infinity braid in your hair, you won't be able to stop looking at it. It's mesmerizing.

8. Pull-through braid

Good news: Like the bubble braid, there's no actual braiding involved in getting this fun look.

9. Box braids

In the words of one commenter on this video, "If mine come out like this I’ll never pay for braids again." They're flawless.

10. Tuxedo braid

It can be a little tricky creating a braid that starts at the nape of your neck, but this video will help.

Want to change things up even more? Try out one of these chic short hairstyles, or find out which hairstyle you should try according to your horoscope.

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