Wearing French braids might have been your go-to look as a child, along with doily socks, but that doesn't mean you should shy away from the style as an adult.
We love the braided 'do for several reasons. For starters, French braids instantly turn bad hair days into great ones (see ya later, frizz). They're also one of the easiest braided hairstyles to do since they can be worn so many different ways -- and "mistakes" are really just happy accidents. And they have the ability to transform your look. Yes, transform.
Turn sophisticated outfits edgy by wearing a French braid in a ponytail or faux mohawk, or soften an otherwise severe look by pairing the 'do with beachy waves or wearing it across the crown of your head.
Scroll down for 15 fresh takes on the French braid, along with tips and product recommendations to help you achieve the looks at home.
Create a more interesting look by combining individual braids into one large French braid down the center of your head.
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A perfectly-placed hair comb dresses up any messy French braid.
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A faux undercut created with a taunt French braid is a simple way to revive second-day beachy waves.
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Too hot outside? Pin your French braid up into a rad chignon to keep your hair off your neck.
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Use a clipless curling iron to curl the flowing layers, alternating in horizontal and vertical directions to get a more natural look.
Place a few drops of hair serum into your hands before loosely running your fingers through your hair to give this side French braid a bohemian feel.
The more French braids, the better! And if your hair is on the thinner side, you can fake this look with a braided headband.
Just because you have shaved sides doesn't mean that you can't wear a French braid. Just get creative!
Gather a side French braid into a side ponytail, then wrap loose strands around the elastic holder to conceal it.
The beauty in this French braided hairstyle is in the disheveled layering of the plaits. This is a fool-proof look for braiding amateurs.
Here's another stunning example that incorporates French braids and a ponytail. This sleek look can easily transition from day to night.
Hair color powder is an easy way to get this intricate braided updo without the commitment of a permanent hair dye.