17 Braid Hairstyles Blowing Up in 2021

Back of woman’s head with wavy, pastel hair in a half-up braid, created using Wella Professionals.

Braided hairstyles are masterpieces. They’re fun, functional and show off your creative flair, whether you’re plaiting them for yourself or styling for someone else. And with so many ways to braid – from fishtails to waterfalls to flawless French plaits – we’re endlessly inspired by the raft of intricate looks that stylists are coming up with.

So, let’s check out 17 of the coolest braid hairstyles of 2021. The braid brigade is coming through – now grab some pins and join the club.