5 Festival Braids That Are Shockingly Easy to Style

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While braids are by no means a new trend — women and men have been donning these styles for years now — every festival season, the style gets a whole lot of attention. Let's face it, braids are an excellent way to keep your head cool in the heat, while keeping stray hairs out of your face. When done properly, they can last longer than your typical 'do too, which is always a plus.

Now you might be saying to yourself, "Hmm...I love the way braids look, but I have no clue how to do them." It's OK if you're completely clueless on how to braid your own hair. That's what you've got us for (wink, wink)! We've got all the braid hairstyling inspiration and DIY tutorials you'll need right here.

Single or Box Braids

Actress Zoe Kravitz attends amfAR's 22nd Cinema Against AIDS Gala
Box braids have remained current for years. Brandy Norwood and Janet Jackson made them popular in the '90s and now socialites like Zoe Kravitz are rocking the trend and making it their own. While this style may take hours to complete, especially if you opt to add extensions, you can remix the look by only braiding the front of your hair or braiding off sections of your hair (scroll down for tutorial).

Cornrows and French Braids

Jourdan Dunn departs The Mark Hotel for the Met Gala at the Metropolitan Museum of ArtZendaya Coleman arrives at Smashbox Studios Grand Re-Opening PartyWhether you have a full head of cornrows like Jourdan Dunn and Zendaya or only have one or two cornrows in your hair like Cara Delevingne, the technique is an excellent way to add flair and style to your 'do. While cornrowing is considered the hardest of the braids to feat, trust us, once you get the hang of it, you'll have tons of new ways to style your hair.

Check out this tutorial on how single braid, cornrow and French braid for beginners.

Fishtail Pony

Actress and singer Selena Gomez leaves the 'Late Show With David Letterman' tapingSarah HylandYou can wear it high à la Selena Gomez or keep it low like Sarah Hyland. The fishtail pony is a true example of why we love braided styles for summer. It keeps your hair from touching the nape of your neck, and it's super easy to style. Once done properly, it'll last you all day unlike your other summer hairstyles.

For a tutorial on how to create the perfect fishtail pony, watch the following tutorial.
The Easiest Fishtail Braid Tutorial Ever

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