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Braids are back in a big, big way so it’s important to know how to wear them this summer and take advantage of this fun hair trend. Everyone from Kate Middleton to Zoe Saldana are rocking braids, and here’s what you need to know to get the same look.

1. Fishtail Braid

A fishtail braid is a simple braid that can look just as perfect casually draped over the shoulder as it does pinned up in a complex looking updo. This is one of the simplest braids to master, and because it’s supposed to look casually messy, it’s easy to master on your own.

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2. Hairline Braid

A simple hairline braid is an easy way to bring a little bit of elegance and sophistication to any look. Start with a simple fishtail braid or french braid, but start at one side of the head just above the ear lobe. Braid across the top of your head (along the hairline), and end at the other side, pinning it with bobby pins to keep it near your hairline.

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3. Double French Braid

While French braids are reminiscent of adolescence, double French braids are a way more fun and interesting way to rock a braid this summer. Start by dividing hair in half, and then take each section and work into a French braid. You can leave the braids down or twist them up into a more formal updo.

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4. Loose Side Braid

Nothing says summer like loose braids that are windblown and slightly messy. But the best way to pull off a casual braid this summer is to throw together a quick standard braid or fishtail braid – but on one side. Keep the braid loose or pull out some individual strands once you’ve finished braiding to add a more casual vibe to the overall look.

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5. Knotted Braid

Knotted braids is a bit more complex, but create a more unique braided look. They work great for outdoor events where you want to look chic and polished, but don’t want to worry about heat and humidity ruining your hairdo.

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6. Mini Side Braid

The mini side braid is the perfect alternative to wearing your hair down. The key to pulling off mini side braids is to keep the braids as small as possible and just create one or two in the front to frame your face. These are great for keeping your look simple, but it adds a little bit of texture and style.

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