braids

We all get them: days where you wake up with such bad hair that you wish you could shave it all off and join a monastery somewhere. You try to style it, slather it with dry shampoo and brush it into behaving, but none of it works. Those are the days when there might be nothing else for it than to wear a braid. Braids are great for hiding frizzy lengths, flat roots and greasy patches, while adding some instant style. So below are several braids that work with a bad hair day.

Have box braids? We love this box braid bun.

Top French braid hun

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Hair lying flat at the top of your head? Simply braid a French braids back into either a half-up bun (or hun). Instant texture.

Loose braids

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Have messy, straggly lengths? Adding a few loose three-strand braids into the lengths can give you a messy, casual boho look.

Puffy fishtail braid

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Have some serious frizz on your lengths? Make it work for you by doing a voluminous fishtail braid in the length of your hair.

Double Dutch braid

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Another way to hide greasy, matted hair at the top of your head is to do two full Dutch braids leading back into two ponytails.

Loose fishtail braid

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This has been a popular trend with celebrities like Blake Lively. Like the loose braids, one giant, messy fishtail braid sitting on top of messy lengths is a fun, casual look.

Crown braid

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This is another way to hide matted, greasy hair at the top of your head, particularly the roots. Do a thick Dutch or French braid that leads all the way around your hairline.

Messy half-up braid

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This is a good style for messy lengths, since it looks good with textured waves. Lead a thick three-strand braid around to the back of your head for a loose half-up do.

Braid band

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Have one of those days where you wake up with your hair matted on one side of your head because of how you slept? No worries. Simply do a French braid across the front of your hair on the side that’s all messed up. Instant style where there was a flat, matted mess.

Bonus: try the box braids bun.