Braids for Long Hair Step-by-Step Tutorials
There are tons of ways you can style your hair when it’s long; the braid and updo options are endless.
I have long hair, and even after recently cutting off 5 inches it’s still pretty long. I tend to get caught up in a routine of just putting my hair up in a ponytail or wearing it wavy and loose, but in an effort to try and style my hair in different ways—braided hairstyles in particular—I wanted to share 21 braids for long hair that I think you’ll love!
These braids range from easy to difficult and some may even necessitate having help from someone to start or complete a braid style (but it is oh-so-worth it). I’m lucky enough to have several hair stylists in my family, so I get to share with you all of the long hair braids they do for me.
I find it best when doing most braids for long hair to start with clean and dry hair. Then, depending on the braid hairstyle you choose, you may need some product (gel, mousse, hairspray, etc.). For example, in the loop braid you’ll see below, my hair had to be slightly damp and I also used mousse to help keep it smooth. Some braids will call for hairspray while some just a spray shine, but often the products depend on your type of hair. If your hair is very soft and sleek you might have to use hairspray to keep it in place.
Click on the image or title below to get individual instructions for each long hair braid tutorial. I hope these braids inspire you to try something different next time you style your hair. If this is something new for you then start by trying it out during the weekend when you have slightly more time to get ready.
This is a slightly less complicated version of the Side French Braid Bun. Rather than a full braided bun, only one side is braided and then swept into a chic side bun. Very elegant and perfect for weddings and formal affairs.
What I love about this more casual braid hairstyle is that it’s hard to make a mistake! Pull just a bit of hair out, or make a wider braid by pulling out more. It’s also an equal opportunity braid, working on both thin and thicker hair.
This is one braid hairstyle for long hair that could use an extra set of hands. While you can do it yourself, you will tend to get a messier look, as your head is upside down and you cannot see what you are doing. But this is a great summer look to keep the hair off your neck. Tuck in a fresh flower for fun!
This beautiful hairstyle provides a braid crown, starting on one side and ending at the other. Great for keeping your hair off your face, it is elegant and can be worn to work, play or for a more formal occasion, such as a summer wedding.
This is a nice (braided) twist on a basic bun, with an elegant side part. You can make your braid as tight or loose as you want, depending on the occasion or thickness of your hair, and a second pair of hands can be useful on this style as well.
6. The Boho Braid
This long braid hairstyle with a boho vibe is perfect for a music festival, casual date, or brunch with your girlfriends. And while the tutorial shows it being done on hair with bangs, I have found it works equally well without them.
This beautiful braided hairstyle is perfect for summer days when the temperature is hot and you want a cute way to put your hair up. Instead of the same ponytail, try the Swedish crown braid for fun.
This is a quick and simple braided hairstyle that tends to work better visually if you have thinner hair. You also have the option of widening the braid once finished, like a fishtail braid. Versatile, fun, and appropriate for almost any occasion.
This dramatic braid works best on very long hair. The technique involves braiding both thick and thin strands at the same time to achieve a thick center braid framed by a thin outer braid. Looking very much like Celtic knotwork, it is much simpler to achieve than you think!
This braided hairstyle gives the illusion of thicker hair, due to pinching and pulling once it’s complete. For added panache, you can curl the ends of your hair with a curling iron.
This is an easy-to-do braid that can look smooth and chic or slightly messy, depending on the occasion. All you need is a few clips to keep things in place as you braid away!
12. ROPE BRAID UPDO
This elegant braided updo may take a bit of time, but is so worth the effort. Side braids are joined by one back braid into a bun, with side hair then twisted and wrapped around.
Inspired by the traditional French twist, this easy (and slightly messy) version needs no second pair of hands, just some bobby pins to keep it in place.
I love this look for weddings, and it would be perfect for an afternoon garden party. This simple, and slightly messy, braided hairstyle gets a subtle pop of color that adds a bit of elegance, whether it matches your bridesmaid dress or a pretty floral frock.
A small braided headband frames out an easy low bun for a slightly boho look. This cute braided hairstyle can be done with straight hair, or as the tutorial shows, with some simple wavy curls.
Super simple, this braided hairstyle is labeled “elegant and organic.” With a slightly higher crown, it pairs perfectly with a one-shouldered top or dress!
While this sounds complicated, it can be accomplished in less than 5 minutes, and is appropriate for medium to long hair. In fact, this video tutorial shows you one way for medium hair and two ways to do it with long hair!
This is a thin waterfall braid done on a ponytail and then wrapped in a bun, so the braid is the star of the show. It will require a second pair of hands, but it can be accomplished within 10 minutes and looks chic and elegant.
This low messy bun is framed by two small braids on either side of the face. Appropriate for the office, weekend, or date night, this easy updo will look boho chic and keep you cool on hot summer days.
This is a reverse French braid, also called a Dutch braid, that can take your long hair and make it look edgy and fun. Definitely not a look for the timid!
This hairstyle is a quick and easy braid and ponytail combination. It looks professional and fun and is perfect for days when you want your hair out of your face, but are running short on time.
Let me know in the comments if you’ve tried one of these braids before! If you have any braids for long hair that you’d like to submit to include in this roundup just leave me a comment!