The beauty of braids and plaits is that they require very little. At their most basic, you can create near endless hairstyle variations without necessarily needing curlers or straighteners or masses of product: just a little bit of inventiveness. Braids can feel youthful or traditional, casual or formal. It all comes down to the style you choose.

From the milkmaid braid to the fishplait, braided buns to snake braids, here are 5 braided hairstyles to try this week.

Watch the video tutorials after the break.

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A classic milkmaid braid – with or without a fabric strip.

An unusual take on the usual plait: the ‘snake’ braid.

How to create a fish plait / fishtail braid.

Upside down french braided bun.

Half-up, half-down fishtail braid hairstyle inspired by Gossip Girl.

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