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Easy Braid Hairstyles for Summer 2014

Braid Hairstyles

4 Chic Braid Hairstyles

Summer is the time for fun and carefree hairstyles. You don’t want to spend any more time than necessary in getting your hair ready for the day. Wouldn’t you rather spend that time on the beach, playing volleyball, or on a road trip with your friends? Braids are the quintessential hairstyle for busy women who don’t want to sacrifice style.

The braid trend continues this year and are as hot as ever. Braids are a natural go-to look for women with long or medium-length hair, and that’s especially true now, in the heat of the summer.  Braid hairstyles with an undone effect, or those that are a little messy, are perfect for hot days and sultry nights.  Here are 4 simple braid hairstyles that even those who claim to lack braiding skills, will be able to pull off like the pro’s.

 

Casual Side Swept Braided Hair

Braid Hairstyles

Braid Hairstyles

This is the perfect choice for women who like to wear at least some of their hair down. For a dramatic effect, start with a deep side part. Take a 1 to 2 inch sections of hair and do a normal 3 strand braid from roots to ends, and tie with an elastic. Or, do a French braid starting at the temple and ending at the nape. You can either softly curl the rest of your hair, or scrunch in texture spray for an undone, messy look. Use a couple of pins to secure the braid underneath.

 

Braided Headband

Braid Hairstyles

Braid Hairstyles

This is a braided hairstyle that has become popular with celebrities and runway models. This braid can look chic enough for red carpet events, or casual enough to be worn at any summer soiree. Take a 1 to 2 inch section of hair from behind one ear and do a simple 3 strand braid from the roots to the ends, tying it with an elastic.  Sweep the braid up and over to the opposite side using Bobby pins to secure it at the nape.

 

Simple Braided Ponytail

Braid Hairstyles

Braid Hairstyles

Of all these simple braid hairstyles, this one is my favorite!  It looks super feminine, it’s easy to do, and showcases those big baby blues. Start by gathering your hair into a high ponytail. For a sleek lo0k, smooth hair back using a boar bristle brush or a fine tooth comb. For a more casual look, use fingers to comb hair up and back into a high pony.  Take a small section of hair from the ponytail and wrap it around the band. Secure it underneath with pins. Do a 3 strand braid from the ponytail and secure the ends  with an elastic band. For a finished look, mist and smooth with a shine spray.

 

One Simple Braided Strand 

Braid Hairstyles

This braided hairstyle has a quiet sense of elegance and again, it’s quick and easy to do.  Do a simple 3 strand braid with a 1 to 2-inch section of hair starting close to the crown and working your way to the ends. You can opt to braid more than one section of hair if you like; your choice.  Adding more than one braid changes the mystique of this look, but that’s the beauty of it . . . you can change it up, you have options with braids!

What type of braid do you like to wear during summer time?

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Contributing author Abby Pringles is a writer who likes to write about topics relating to beauty, hair, and fashion. You can check her personal blog, Life in the Fash Lane, to read more of her works. Aside from fashion and beauty, Abby is also a hardcore basketball and tennis fan. Connect with her on Twitter and Facebook.

 

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