Cute braided hairstyles on TikTok that deserve your attention

Need hair inspo? Your FYP has you covered with these cute braided hairstyles, from milkmaid plaits to bubble styles

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Looking for cute braided hairstyles? Don't worry, your style sleuths are on the case! 

We perused trending hashtags on TikTok to see how women are getting creative with their combs and brushes. Fortunately, there's plenty of hair inspo to be found on FYPs. 

Although we respect the classic French braid and hold the fishtail near and dear to our hearts, these inventive picks take things up a notch.

Whether your strands are super straight or you're used to rocking chic curly hairstyles, we found the perfect braided 'dos to satisfy your needs.

Cute braided hairstyles on TikTok to try:

1. Baby Braids

We've been wearing the classic three-strand braids since the dawn of time, and it's time to give the age-old style a refresh. 

Baby braids add a sweet touch to any look. All you need to do is part your hair, take two extra-thin strands at the front, and start your typical twirl. 

If you want the look to really pop, try attempting baby braids while rocking water waves or the liquid hair trend.


♬ Get Into It (Yuh) - Doja Cat

2. Box Braids

Box braids are stylish on their own, but that doesn't mean we don't appreciate a little creativity.  

From half-up, half-down looks to super-sweet side fringe, the TikTok user below has mastered different ways in which to give box braids a little flair. Best of all? No hair ties are required!


♬ original sound - Nneoma

3. Bubble Braids

Bubble braids have made a resurgence, proving that Y2K hair trends are here to stay. If you're unconvinced, just ask Gigi Hadid and Olivia Rodrigo, two pioneers of the braid. 

Take a small strand of hair, space your hair ties a few inches apart and give a gentle tug to create the bubble effect. Kristina Dimoplon, a stylist at Live By the Sword Salonin Brooklyn, New York, recommends holding it all together with a texture powder. 


♬ original sound - Ian Asher

4. Mini Braids

Who can resist 90s hairstyles?

One crafty TikTok user decided to model her mini braids after the queen of the look, Brandy. We have high ponies, half-up, half-down styles and more. 

Alexa, play "The Boy Is Mine."


♬ original sound - Jaylin Nicole Mira E

5. Milkmaid Braid

With nods to the crown braid, this adorable look finds itself a little bit further from our forehead than its predecessor. If you're looking to give the style a little oomph, we totally recommend adding accessories into the mix. (See below!) 


♬ Butter - 방탄소년단 (BTS)

6. Rope Braids

All it takes are a few twists and turns to master rope braids! Make sure to grab your product of choice to add a sleek factor to your braids and tame flyaway strands. 


♬ Celebrate the Good Times - Mason

7. Upside Down Braid

Is this your new favorite look or Stranger Things season 4? Upside Down Braids are just that. Put your head down, let your hair fall in front of your face and begin styling upside down. It might take a few times to get down pat, as you're literally and figuratively flipping the routine upside down, but we promise the results are worth it. 


♬ original sound - audreekate

8. Boho braids

Who said braids need to be finished? This carefree 'do is boho in every sense of the word—and we wouldn't have it any other way.


♬ SAD GIRLZ LUV MONEY - Remix - Amaarae & Kali Uchis
Danielle Valente
Digital News Writer

Need a TV show recommendation? Maybe a few decor tips? Danielle, a digital news writer at Future, has you covered. Her work appears throughout the company’s lifestyle brands, including My Imperfect Life, Real Homes, and woman&home. Mainly, her time is spent at My Imperfect Life, where she’s attuned to the latest entertainment trends and dating advice for Gen Z.

Before her time at Future, Danielle was the editor of Time Out New York Kids, where she got to experience the best of the city from the point of view of its littlest residents. Before that, she was a news editor at Elite Daily. Her work has also appeared in Domino, Chowhound, and amNewYork, to name a few. 

When Danielle’s not writing, you can find her testing out a new recipe, reading a book (suggestions always welcome), or rearranging the furniture in her apartment…again.