Although curly hair is oftentimes difficult to manage, braided styles tend to always look good. These braid styles for curly hair will make you look like a pro in 5 steps or less. Here you’ll find how to do a braid, a French braid, a Dutch braid, and a fishtail braid. They’re favorites of ours and easy to do yourself.

Braid – the simplest of all of these hairstyles, it is quick, efficient, and stylish.

  1. Gather all of your hair near the nape of your neck, tying it in a ponytail if it makes it easier.

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  1. Separate the hair into 3 equal sections, holding 2 with one hand, and 1 with the other.

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  1. Cross the single strand you are holding in one hand over the middle strand you are holding in the other hand. Grab the middle strand and crossed strand with your empty hand so they remain in the overlapped position.

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  1. With the new single strand, cross this strand over the new middle strand and again grip them in a one-two position, in reversed hands.

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  1. Repeat steps 3 and 4 until desired or nearing bottom of hair, and tie off with a hair tie.

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Fishtail Braid – this scale-like braid is the easiest and fastest style besides the braid, and it looks especially good with messy curls.

  1. Gather all of the hair at the nape of your neck, tying in a ponytail if it makes it easier. Optional: begin like a French or Dutch braid once you have become comfortable with both styles, and combine the two for another variation.

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  1. Split hair into 2 equal sections.

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  1. Separate a smaller strand from the outside of one of the sections of hair. The size doesn’t matter, although I would recommend 1 inch or smaller.

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  1. Cross the small strand over to the inside of the opposite larger section. Merge the smaller and second strands together so you again have 2 large sections.

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  1. Separate a smaller strand from the outside of the now larger section of hair and repeat steps 3 and 4, grabbing from opposite sides each time**. Tie off with a hair tie when the strands become too small.

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**Again, don’t worry about consistency with size, it looks more natural and messy (I prefer it messy) if the strands are not equal in size.

 

French Braid – this tried and true hairstyle has been a classic for a long time, and looks fantastic on any length of curly hair.

  1. Section off a decent chunk of hair with your hands. This can range from 2-3 square inches of the bang area of your hair, or the entire crown like you would for a half-up, half-down ponytail. In this case, more hair = less difficult.

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  1. Separate the hair into 3 equal sections, holding 2 with one hand, and 1 with the other.

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  1. Begin like a regular braid, crossing the single strand you are holding in one hand over the middle strand you are holding in the other hand. Grab the middle strand and crossed strand with your empty hand so they remain in the overlapped position.

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  1. With the new single strand, grab about a 1 inch section of hair to combine with it. Cross this larger strand over the new middle strand and again grip them in a 1-2 position.

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  1. Repeat steps 3 and 4 until desired, and you should be switching sides of your hair each time. Nearing the bottom of your hair, you may run out of extra hair to grab, and in that case repeat step 3 (a regular braid) until you tie it off.

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Dutch (Reverse French) Braid – this is done almost the same way as the French braid, but rests on top of the hair instead of beneath.

  1. Follow all steps (1-5) of the French braid, but instead of crossing outside strands over the middle strands, cross them under.

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