3 Summer Braids to Try (Right Now)

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Braids are the perfect (and chic) solution to the long nights and hair-ruining humidity of summer. From causal to flirty, there are endless ways to style your braids which makes them perfect for every occasion. Try these 3 looks this summer for beautiful braids that will last all day. Don’t forget to follow me on Instagram (@state_of_ruin) for even more summer-time inspiration!

The Beginner’s Braid

Part your hair in the center. Grab two sections of hair, about an inch thick each, and braid them. Tie the ends with clear hair bands. Walk out of the door and be awesome.


The Intermediate Braid

Part your hair in the center. Pull your hair into a half pony and separate into two sections. Take the first section and braid back into a french braid about 4-5 inches or until you reach the back of your head (where a high pony would be located). Secure with a clear plastic hair band. Repeat process on other side.


The Advanced Braid

You may need to ask a friend to help with this. The head rush is real.

Part your hair down the center from forehead to neck. Loosely tie the left section of of your hair back. Flip your head upside down. You will be working like this for the next few minutes so prepare yourself. Working on the right side. Start from the nape of your neck and begin dutch braiding your hair up to the forehead. When you are an 1-2 of your forehead, securely tie braid with a clear plastic band. You will be knotting this later. Repeat process on the left section of your hair. Once completed, you should have your two dutch braids, ending in weird ponytails in the front of your head. Taking two clear hair ties (or bobby pins, whichever you prefer), twist your ponies into knots. Voila! _DSC8908-2




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19 Discussion to this post

  1. karen says:

    I love braids and LOVE that they are “back” in style! I usually rock a braid on the side… as in my blogger pic! 🙂
    Karen | GlamKaren.com

    • A State of Ruin says:

      That is super cute! I am still trying to be a “cool” braid girl 🙂 Unfortunately, I’ve always been terrible at them but my boyfriend has been letting me practice on his long hair and I’m getting better! Yay for long-haired boyfriends haha

  2. Elle Spann says:

    the backwards braid is perfection! my mom braids my hair like this sometimes.
    Southern Elle Style

  3. Shannon says:

    These are all so cute! I always feel like my hair is too short for braids, but I think your post proves me wrong!

    Shannon | thecasualcatwalk.com

    • A State of Ruin says:

      I have shoulder length hair and I always thought that as well until I started playing around with different styles. Unfortunately, us short haired chicks can’t rock the long mermaid fishtail but that doesn’t mean we can’t rock braids at all!
      Thanks for stopping by 🙂

  4. Steph says:

    I LOVE BRAIDS. They have been my go to this summer. Thank you so much for sharing. I am going to have to try these.

  5. Lauren says:

    I love that last braid! I’ve never tried a backwards dutch braid before!

    Fizz and Frosting

    • A State of Ruin says:

      Thanks! It was super fun and I love how it went all the way to the top of my head! So unexpected 🙂 If you have a chance to try it, let me know! I would love to hear how you liked it.

  6. I need to get my shit together and learn how to braid my own hair in a cute way. Usually I do some random twist thing because after I try to braid half a strand I realize it looks like crap and just get annoyed. Haha! Thanks for the tips! xx Adaleta Avdic

    • A State of Ruin says:

      Hahaha that is seriously me! I have been obsessively trying to learn how to braid on my boyfriend’s long hair (I’m pretty sure he has a really sensitive scalp now haha). It takes soooo much practice!

  7. Tami says:

    I braided my hair a lot when I was younger. It’s probably long enough I could try these cute brain styles.

    • A State of Ruin says:

      That’s my struggle too. For the past few years my hair has been chin to shoulder length. It’s finally just long enough to step up my braid game a bit.

  8. Charlene says:

    I love the last one!! I have never tried a backwards dutch braid before – maybe my niece will let me practice on her first! 😉
    Charlene The Frugal Fashionista

    • A State of Ruin says:

      I highly recommend practicing on someone else first haha. I had to have a friend help me with the last style because I have yet to master it on myself! I get way too much of a head rush!

  9. Amanda says:

    Right now, I stick with the “beginner braid” – but all of these look great on you!! <3
    Amanda | http://www.TheChambrayBunny.com

    • A State of Ruin says:

      The beginner braid is perfection! Just a cute and super easy way to change things up a bit 🙂

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