Happy National Braid Day! What, you didn’t know it was a holiday? It is, and it’s the perfect one to get creative with your hairstyle. In the summer, we can sometimes fall into the habit of wearing the same side braid hairstyle over and over. As gorgeous as side braids are, it’s nice to switch things up and try other hairstyles. There are lots of other braids that are just as stunning and simple to do.

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Here are 13 unique braided hairstyles to switch up your look:

1. Undone Braids

Like a braid…but not.

2. Braided Back

Such a simple idea, but very cool impact. You might need someone to help you plait the back, but it will be worth it.

3. Braided Ponytail With Scarf

Put your braid down the center of your head, then merge it with the loose ends to form a ponytail. Don’t forget the scarf.

4. Braided Bun

Look at the volume on that updo.

5. Double Braid

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Two braids are better than one.

6. Braided Flowers

Major wedding hair inspiration.

7. Thick And Thin Braids

The juxtaposition of sizes and the placement of the cornrows is striking.

8. Pull-Through Braid, Dutch Braid, and Flower Braid

Bookmark this now, so it’s saved when you get your next wedding invitation.

9. Braided Ponytail

This is the best mash-up of different textures.

10. Half Updo With Two Braids

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New releases that I’m excited for this year! They are: 📚 Book two in the Guide series (not sure if it’s just going to be a duology?), The Lady’s Guide to Petticoats and Piracy. The audiobook for The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue was hilarious and so I had to buy myself a copy of the book! And now I’m eagerly awaiting the publication of the sequel. 🙌 📚 The third Themis Files book, Only Human. I didn’t enjoy the second book as much as Sleeping Giants but after *that* ending, I’m intrigued to see where book three goes! 📚 The third Wayfarers book, Record of a Spaceborn Few. Although the plot wasn’t that strong, The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet made me fall in love with its characters SO quickly! The second book was also enjoyable, so I can’t wait to see what the third is like. ~ I generally don’t really keep up with new releases, and I’m not sure anything will ever match the anticipation I felt waiting for Assassin’s Fate last year, but I’m excited for all three of these series! Are any of these on your to-buy lists this year too? I must remember to try to fit Only Human in when it’s released in May; I don’t want it to become another Book of Dust or Sleeping Beauties, which I bought when they were released last year but still haven’t read… 😅 ~ #hair #braids #hairstagram #instabraid #braidstagram #braidphotography #hairstyle #thegentlemansguidetoviceandvirtue #mackenzielee #wakinggods #sylvainneuvel #aclosedandcommonorbit #beckychambers #booklover #bookcommunity #booksandbraids #bookplaitshair ~

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The braided tail combined with the halo braid is a pretty combination.

11. High Braided Bun

It’s the shape and placement of this bun that makes it.

12. Crisscross Braids

Remember this for your next festival. The crisscross string between the braids is a detail that could work for every day.

13.Braids To Double Buns

These are different than space buns.

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