Braids never go out of style. They’re easy. They’re versatile. They’re elegant. They’re casual. They can be inside out and upside down and tucked and coiled and French and Dutch and fishtailed. They can be just about anything you make them with the proper inspiration. So, we compiled 5 of our favorite French braid hairstyles and a bunch of great variations to get you started.

Let’s start at the very beginning (a very good place to start). You won’t get very far through this list without being able to do a French braid. If you don’t know how, take a second to give it a try with this handy video tutorial. Once you’ve mastered this basic, you’ll be cruising through the rest of this list in no time.

Side French Braid

French Mohawk Braid

Mohawk Braid Top Knot | Half Up Hairstyle

Half Up Pull Through Braid

Dutch Fishtail Crown Braid

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