Braid hairstyles
12 March 2019

The Best Braided Hairstyles You Need to Try for Long Short & Medium Hair

So we’re betting that your very first hairstyle was a braid. Are we right? It’s a school fave that never gets old and because of that, we’ve decided to dedicate an entire blog post to the ‘art of the braid’ with a little help from VS Sassoon Stylist Rob Reeves of course.

These braid styles are gorgeous for short, medium and long hair! So whatever length of hair you’ve got, there’s a braid for you! 

For long & medium hair length gals we hope you find something in our list so you can rock your braids just like Queen Bey!



The Perfect Braids for Medium & Long Hair


#1 - The Messy Side Braid Is the New ‘Messy Bun’ 

Has Meghan Markle lost her crown? Or rather has her messy bun had its day?  We’re not going to call it just yet but we’re putting it out there - only because we’re seeing a new take on it – the messy side braid! Nicole Kidman has rocked a few variations of this look, most recently at the Australian Open, while Sarah Hyland and Selena Gomez rock this look too!  Rob says this look is easily achievable. 



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How to get the messy side braid:

  1. Dry your hair with your VS Sassoon 3Q Dryer to add body and shine.
  2. Then section the front top of your hair and clip up before sweeping the rest of your hair to one side ready to create your braid - just decide if you want to do a regular braid or a fishtail.
  3. Finally, release the front of your hair from the clip and use the VS Sassoon 25mm or 38mm Ceramic Curler to create soft waves to give your braid an on-trend, loose edgy finish.


#2 Dutch Boxer Braids for Medium & Long Hair



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While braids can be chic enough to work for your wedding day (we promise!) they also work a treat when you’re off duty, at the gym or just want your hair out of the way and looking on point. Yes, we’re talking Heidi plaits and boxer braids - perfect for the down times, rainy days, festivals and pretty much any occasion you want no fuss locks.

“Boxer braids or Dutch braids are one of my favourite looks,” says Rob. Unlike a more traditional French braid you need to weave your hair under rather than over as you do for a French braid.  

Pre-styling tip - Braids work best on day old hair. If your hair is fine, flyaway or clean, spray with texture or salt spray and dry in with the VS Sassoon Digital Sensor Dryer or the VS Sassoon Digital Sensor Hot Air Styler

How to do a dutch boxer braid:

  1. Part your hair down the middle from the front (forehead) to back (nape of the neck) using a tail comb to get a perfectly straight precise part and comb sections smooth
  2. Start on one side at the forehead and create your dutch braid all the way to the ends of your hair. Secure with a snag-free band
  3. Repeat this process on the other side.


For more on how to create a Dutch Boxer braid follow this tutorial from our friends at Scunci

Learn how to braid hair like a pro with Scunci



#3 Beachy Glam Braid Style



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Half up hairstyles are really on trend and adding a chunky fishtail braid can really take your style to the next level. One of our fave influencers @emilyrosehannon has amazing braids and hairstyles so we’ve taken her look and simplified it so you can easily achieve it at home.

How to recreate this beachy glam do:

  1. Prep your hair with either your Straight & Curl BrillianceBig Hair Soft Curls or 38mm Ceramic Curler
  2. Take medium to large sections and add soft waves by wrapping only the middle of hair section around the tong for 8-10 secs.
  3. Take 4 sections on the parting, 2 on either side, and create 4 messy loose braids working back towards the crown.
  4. Secure these at back with a hair tie to create a soft halo of braids.


The Perfect Braids for Short Hair

“Remember you don’t have to have long hair to successfully do a braided look I promise,” says Rob. “If your hair is on the short side take inspo from these three braided styles here”: 


#1 The Flat Braid for a Different Half Up Look

Image source: Scunci Australia

A flat braid is great to add some style to your short hair half up look. This look is perfect for a day out with family and friends, or even a special occasion! It’s a versatile look that‘ll suit any occasion.

How to create a half up braid style:

  1. Start with blow dried hair. A good blow dry is the foundation to any style, giving you a smooth base to start.
  2. Create a centre part and take a vertical section on either side of the part, about 4cm from the hairline.
  3. Take one section and create a loose braid, securing with a hair tie.
  4. Take the other section and repeat this step.
  5. Bring both braids to the back of the head and secure together with a barrette.


#2 Corn Braids for Finer, Shorter Hair



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Corn braids are weaved close to the head and finished with a mini bun (optional). This style suits thicker or textured hair, so if you have fine hair make sure you prep with texture and volume styling products.

How to create corn braids:

  1. Blow dry with VS Sassoon’s 5Q Brilliance High Performance Dryer for a frizz-free smooth base to start.
  2. Divide hair into smaller sections at the top of the head 
  3. Create a regular braid in each section. As you go down the head keep feeding more hair into the braid until you come to the end.


#3 The Simple Loose Sweeping Braid



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We love this look for those lazy Sunday days when you’re running around doing errands. It’s also the perfect relaxed look for brunch with the girls! There isn’t much effort needed with this look at all.

  1. Either work with 1-2 day old hair for texture or create texture with a sea salt spray, hairdryer and a round brush. If your hair is extra flat use the VS Sassoon Digital Sensor Hot Air Styler for easy volume
  2. Choose your desired parting (either in the centre or the side) leaving your fringe or shorter front pieces loose for softness
  3. Then create two dutch or french braids (depending on your desired look) on either side of your parting, working back towards your nape and securing together with a band or pin
  4. Finish with a light layer of hair spray.


Create Beautiful Braids at Home

RHOBH alum Yolanda Hadid and her supermodel daughters Gigi and Bella Hadid prove that the braid is a true classic, standing the test of time. Each have done the braid thing over the years and we absolutely love each and every one of their takes.  



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So with all this great inspo all that’s left is to get braiding ladies - and don’t be scared - after all it’s as simple as one (over), two (over), three!

With that in mind, add texture and smooth frizz to prep your hair for styling your braids. We have a range of stylers, straighteners and dryers that can easily be used in the comfort of your home. Our products are available at participating stockists near you! 

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Love your style, from the VS Sassoon team x