All French braid hairstyles are based on the now incredibly famous French braid, which is the simple version of the three-strand braid. Its two variations, in case you want to branch out, are the fishtail and the Dutch braid. Don’t worry, we’ve included examples of both in this article, so that you can find the perfect inspiration for any occasion. With that being said, here are 45 impressive French braid hairstyles that you can wear day or night. Scroll through to the end and find yours!
1. Double Braids in a Bun
We begin our French braid hairstyles list with simple French braids, each on one side of the head. The tails have been neatly brought together in a low chignon at the back of the head. If need be, use a doughnut for the chignon.
2. Messy French Braid Hairstyles
Here is a French braid that goes around your head like a crown or a headband. To spice things up a little, you can tie a pretty and messy knot in the back of your head. This will work especially well if you have ombre hair.
3. Everyday French Braid Hairstyles
Braids are such a versatile hairdo that you can wear them every day. Here is an easy version of the French that goes neatly across your head and ends in a slick ponytail. You can find tutorials online to do it yourself or you can ask a friend to help you.
4. Top Knot French Braid Hairstyles
Combining half a French braid with a top knot has been one of the most sought-after trends of the past few years. It is easily transformable from a demure office look into a festival look by adding a few embellishments and a handful of hair glitter.
5. Extra Long Braids
Sometimes, a French braid can wow not by its intricacy but by its length. It is true that it is one of the simplest and most basic types of braid out there. However, when you have Rapunzel long hair, you can still leave the crowds gaping.
6. Space Buns and French Braid Hairstyles
Double top buns are now also called space buns. Especially when you pair them off with French braids on top of your head. Pastel colors can help you a lot in establishing this wonderful and modern look.
7. The High School Ponytail
If you’re looking for more classic French braid hairstyles, you can always go for two simple ones, like the ones you would use for the space buns and end them in a traditional ponytail. You can even wear this style to school.
8. Fishtail and French Braid Hairstyles
Here is an awesome hairdo that starts off with a textured and volumized French braid that slowly descends into a fishtail. You will need to become a bit skilled at braiding before you can pull this one off, but it will be worth it.
9. Little Girl French Braid Hairstyles
Little girls in braids are absolutely adorable. There’s just something about this classic combination of a munchkin with her hair all braided up that melts our hearts. If you want more ideas about little girls’ hairstyles, check out this article we wrote.
10. The Bob, the Waves, and the French Braid Hairstyles
It sounds like a fairytale and it looks like one too. It’s a jaw length bob with beach waves and a half up French braid in it that goes around the head like a crown. We also love the color of the hair, which is a dark and rich chocolate brown.
11. Romantic French Braid Hairstyles
French braids paired with long hair render a fantastic result. They are very romantic and feminine. Here is an example of a simple French that has been teased out a little so that it has more volume while the rest of the hair has been given a few waves.
12. The Beach Plait
When you’re at the beach you need a hairstyle that will keep the hair out of your face in the sea breeze and that will also protect it a bit against the wind, the sand, and the sea water. This is where the French plait comes in, your best friend in summer time.
13. Black and White French Braid Hairstyles
Here’s a pro tip – if you have two distinct hair colors, then braids will showcase them perfectly. It will create a flawless blend of the two colors, displaying them from root to end in all their magnificent glory. You can never go wrong with braids.
14. The Half French Braid
This is a very interesting take on French braid hairstyles. It is designed specifically for a wedding or another very special event in your life. It’s half a French braid that goes diagonally across your head and half a very low and voluminous bun, decorated with white pearls.
15. Coffee and Cream French Braid Hairstyles
What we absolutely adored about this idea were the colors. It’s a wonderful mix of dark coffee brown that melts away into a slightly lighter tone of cream beige and ends with an icy shade of platinum blonde. We called it coffee and cream.
16. Side French Braid Hairstyles
This is where the actual beauty of French braid hairstyles resides. Unlike other types of braids, you can have these on any side of the head you want. Left, right, across, horizontally or vertically. They lend themselves to any type of braiding you might be dreaming of.
17. Cute and Boho French Braid Hairstyles
It’s very easy to transform a simple French braid and its low messy bun into one awesome boho chic hairstyle. All you need to do is style it properly. Wear the appropriate outfit and add some pretty flowers in your hair.
18. Simple as They Come
French braid hairstyles don’t have to be overly complicated. You can get the same desired effect by braiding two of them yourself and tying the loose ends at the back of your head in a simple low ponytail.
19. The Natural Headband
If you manage to learn how to properly do a French braid, then you can master the art of making it look like you have a natural headband. It’s one of the great perks that French braid hairstyles come with. No more unnecessary hair accessories.
20. Wedding French Braid Hairstyles
One of the most beautiful hair choices for a wedding, even if it’s yours or not, has to be braids. They are simply so feminine and romantic that they fit this occasion perfectly. Here is an idea for a French braid that continues in the bun, making it braided as well.
21. Back Braids and Space Buns
We’ve seen what front braids with space buns look like. Now it’s time for back braids as well. You will notice that these have a much more striking effect on the eye. They are a lot longer and leave much more room for glitter and embellishments.
22. Horizontal French Braid Hairstyles
If you don’t think you can pull this one off by yourself, you can always ask a friend to help you out. Here’s a tip. There are tons of tutorials on how to do it online. Find them on WikiHow, YouTube, and, of course, Pinterest.
23. Fishtails and High Buns
Oh, we do love a nice fishtail. Although it is more commonly seen in flowing plaits, fishtail braids are also the turf of head level braids. This is what they look like. They seem very tightly knit, elegant, and put together in a classy way.
24. The Nina Dobrev
Celebrities love French braid hairstyles as well. Here’s actress Nina Dobrev taking a crack at the half up half down French. She’s wearing her signature dark chestnut brown wavy locks as well. We have to give her bonus points for always sticking to the color that makes her look best.
25. Jumbo French Braid Hairstyles
This jumbo French is a tad more complicated to accomplish. You will need to use all your hair. However, believe it or not, you can learn to do it by yourself, by pulling all your hair to the front and doing the braid in reverse. Just check YouTube!
26. Tons of Flowers
Not only does this French braid come in an absolutely amazing icy grey blonde color, but it has been braided all to one side and embellished with white flowers top to bottom. We are getting a really strong Elsa vibe here and we are loving it!
27. Plaits and Bows
The finish is just as important as the starting point, remember that. Therefore, while you may be starting with a nice French braid, how you decide to end the hairstyle is equally significant. For example, you can choose to bring it into a nice classic plait and mark the separation between the two with a nice bow.
28. X Marks the Spot
This is how French braid hairstyles stop being just one of the simplest braids out there and become something truly creative. Although it might be a bit hard for you to do this one on your own, since it’s in the back and it requires precision, a stylist will do the job marvelously.
29. Prom French Braid Hairstyles
Braids at prom you will ask, doubtfully. Yes, we will answer. Just take a look at this set of triple French braids that go all the way around the head. Once you pair them off with statement earrings, diva makeup, and a backless dress, you will be Prom Queen for sure.
30. The Scarlet Johansson
Black Widow herself loves her braids too. Here she is with a simple back side French braids with the ends tucked neatly inside. In this way, her neck is exposed, making her look slimmer and taller at the same time.
31. The Rachel McAdams
The beautiful Rachel McAdams is another Hollywood darling who looks stunning when she wears her hair in a long and messy French braid. We also love how she combined it with a very high and teased Pompadour, making this hairstyle a lot more age appropriate.
32. Fauxhawk French Braid Hairstyles
One way in which you can do a fake mohawk is by teasing your hair up in a pompadour and then tying it up in French braids at the back of your head. Remember to create two hard parts on each side of the head to enhance the effect of the fauxhawk.
33. Triple Braids
With this hairstyle, you get not one, not two, but three French braids. The first two are slim and elegant and they go around your head like little headbands framing your face. The third one is actually in the back, in the shape of a messy bun.
34. The Faux French
If you look closely, you will notice that this is not actually a French braid. However, it is so perfectly executed that it could fool anyone. Let’s say it’s the lazy girl’s French braid hairstyles. Or that it’s meant for girls who never really learned to braid the French way.
35. Double Purple
French braid hairstyles become even more interesting if you decide to dye your hair in an unconventional color. We fell in love with this candy shade of purple that has a few creamy strands of white streaming casually through it.
36. The Jennifer Lopez
With hair like that, who could blame Jennifer Lopez for wanting to showcase it in a head-turning messy French braid? We love her almost natural hair color here as well. Her makeup is up to par too, with pinky lips and wintery gray eye shadow.
37. The Sarah Hyland
This ‘Modern Family’ darling looks absolutely fierce and stunning in her French and fishtail braid. Her makeup is through the roof as well with stunning smoky eyes, perfectly contoured and tanned face, and nude lips.
38. The Brittany Snow
We all know and love her as a singing sensation in ‘Pitch Perfect.’ Brittany Snow’s delicate beauty is perfectly complemented by a messy plait which she decided to pair up with a coral red lip and nude eyes. The perfect look for the summer!
39. The Selena Gomez
Selena has one amazing head of hair and she loves to use it as a secret beauty weapon whenever she gets the chance. She always wears a very dark chocolate color that compliments her coffee eyes. We are crazy about her dark wine lip color here!
40. The Jennifer Aniston
As far as French braid hairstyles go, this one might be the most famous in the world. Jennifer Aniston might be singularly responsible for making French braids cool again a few years ago by wearing this little forehead number on the red carpet.
41. Wrapped French Braid Hairstyles
This one is called a wrap and the reasons are obvious. It goes all the way around your head, wrapping it like a halo. If you want, you can use a soft brush to tease it out and make it a bit messier and boho looking, ready for a music festival.
42. Bride French Braid Hairstyles
A nicely done French braid can even serve you well on your big day. You can consider this elegant side swept hairstyle with a small braid on one side and elegant curls on the other. It will showcase the special jewelry you are planning to wear on the amazing day.
43. The Lea Seydoux
Before Emma Watson, there was Lea Seydoux as Belle in ‘Beauty and the Beast’ and we can see why. Her natural beauty is enhanced by this wonderful mess of a French braid that makes her look like she just got up from bed and simply rolled up on the red carpet.
44. The Ruby Rose
Here’s model turned actress Ruby Rose proving that even a pixie cut can be developed into a nice set of French braids with a bit of imagination. Evidently, when you’re this beautiful, everything will work for you, won’t it?
45. The Bella Thorne
The last belle on our list is Bella Thorne, who opted for the slick and tight version of the French braid hairstyles. She has four of them, neatly stacked two by two on top of each other. We also love her ombre hair, dark brown descending into light and sweet caramel.
Here is our selection of impressive French braid hairstyles. Have we managed to impress you? Hoping that we have, we would love to hear from you in the comment section telling us more about your favorite type of braids and how you like to wear them.