Summer is winding to a close, and you’ve probably had quite enough of heat, humidity, and frizzy hair that’s nearly impossible to tame.

When you want to look put together in the hottest months, a braid is an effortless pick. In need of a little inspiration? Here are some of the best braided hairstyles the Internet has to offer:



We love this fishtail braid/half up-half down infusion. It’s intricate enough to look eye-catching, but not so formal that you look like you should be going to prom.



Imagine having hair that’s thick and gorgeous enough to do this? Ugh, we wish.


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The Kardashians brought classic french braids back in a major way. They’re the perfect look for savoring those last days spent poolside.


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For extra hot and humid days, these braids that finish in a bun are the perfect way to keep your hair off your neck in a way that offers a chic upgrade from a traditional ponytail.


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We love this delicate braid crown. It’s perfect for everyday wear, but also elegant enough for date night or a more formal event.

These hairstyles are gorgeous, but we wish they came with a professional hairdresser to execute them for us, you know?




Lauren Levine is a freelance writer who has contributed to publications and websites including The Charlotte Observer, U.S. News & World Report, American Way magazine, The Huffington Post, Hello Giggles, Bustle, Thrillist, Thought Catalog, and others.