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The weather’s starting to cool down, and you know what that means: it’s almost fall! And with the advent of a new season, why not try a new hairstyle? If you have medium-length hair, a braid could be the perfect look to rock this autumn. Below, find five gorgeous braided hairstyles for medium-length hair along with step-by-step tutorials for each.
Update your favorite childhood flipped ponytail with the addition of two intricately woven fishtail braids along each side of your head.
What you’ll need:
Rat tail comb
Get the look by following these simple steps:
Step 1: Part your hair down the middle. Using your fingers, separate your hair equally on each side of your head. Instead of parting your hair all the way to your crown, once you reach an inch or two back from your hairline, brush the rest of your hair straight back.
Step 2: Braid a Dutch fishtail braid on each side of your head. On each side of your part, weave a Dutch fishtail braid close to your hairline, incorporating new strands of hair as you go. Loosen your fishtail every couple inches so that it won’t be difficult to do so at the end.
Step 3: Combine your fishtail braids into a low ponytail. Tie your braids and the rest of your hair together with a clear elastic at the nape of your neck.
Step 4: Flip your ponytail. Put your finger through the space just above your elastic to create a hole for your ponytail to slip through. Swoop it over and pull to secure.
Step 5: Fluff up your braid and crown. To conceal the flip, fluff up your fishtail a bit more. Then, use the tail end of your rat tail comb to gently lift the hair at your crown for a more voluminous look.
Step 6: Frame your face. For a more undone, effortless feel, pull a few strands of hair out along your hairline.
Step 7: Finish with hairspray. Help your braid last all day long with a quick spritz of the L’Oréal Paris Elnett Satin Hairspray Strong Hold.
Love a deep side part but hate how your hair hangs in your face when you wear it like that? Weave your strands into two Dutch braids to keep the part while keeping your face free.
Clear mini elastics
Step 1: Create a deep side part. Drag the tail end of your rat tail comb along one side of your head to create a deep side part.
Step 2: Create your first Dutch plait. Use the first inch or so back from your hairline on the deeper side of your part to create your first Dutch braid. Weave your braid along your hairline, adding new strands until you reach just behind your ear. Hold your braid with one hand and fluff it up with the other before tying it off with a clear mini elastic.
Step 3: Create a second Dutch braid. Directly behind your first braid, create another braid, only incorporating new hair from the back portion of your head. Tie this braid off just behind your ear, too.
Step 4: Tease your crown. Hold your remaining hair in the air and tease the underside of it by brushing it down towards your head with your rat tail comb. Spray with the L’Oréal Paris Elnett Sating Hairspray Strong Hold before letting your hair fall back in place. Smooth the outer surface with your comb by brushing it straight back. Be sure not to comb too hard so that you don’t deflate any of your newly created volume.
Step 5: Conceal your elastics. Situate the hair on your deep side part that’s not braided so that it conceals the elastics behind your hair. Give it a final spritz of hairspray once everything looks just right.
Not the most skilled braider in the world? Girl, we feel you! If you want to rock a braided hairstyle that looks a lot more complicated than it actually is, give this pull-through braided pony a try. With a few clear elastics and a couple of minutes, you’ll be able to create this swoon-worthy style.
Step 1: Comb your hair straight back. Simple enough.
Step 2: Start with a small section of hair. Use the tail end of your rat tail comb to section off a three-inch section of hair along your hairline. Tie this section off into a mini pony with a clear elastic. Then wrap another mini elastic about two inches down the ends of this pony.
Step 3: Pull hair through. Right below your first section of hair, use the tail end of your comb to cleanly section off another chunk of hair. Pull this section of hair through the sectioned off area of your first pony. Split the ends in half and secure them underneath the ends of your first pony with another clear elastic.
Step 4: Repeat. Continue sectioning and tying off until you reach your ends.
Step 5: Fluff and spritz. Gently tug each section of your pull-through braid to give it a more voluminous look. Once your pony is perfectly plumped, spray it with the L’Oréal Paris Advanced Hairstyle LOCK IT Fine Control Hairspray and go show off your simple, yet gorgeous braided hairstyle.
Why weave one braid when you can have three?
Lobster claw clips
Step 1: Brush your hair straight back. Easy peasy.
Step 2: Divide the hair along your hairline. Instead of a middle part, separate your hair into three equal sections along the top of your head. Clip two sections out of the way while you work with the first section.
Step 3: Weave a cornrow. It’s called a cornrow because it’s created with one row of hair, but you’ll use the same process as you would with a regular Dutch braid. Simply split your section into three equal sections and weave it back, incorporating new strands as you go. Once you reach your crown, tie your braid off with a clear mini elastic.
Step 4: Repeat twice. Make two more cornrows along the top of your head using the same process as Step 3.
Step 5: Tease your ends. Tease all the ends of your cornrows by brushing the hair down towards the base of your braids.
Step 6: Create your half-up cotton candy top knot. Wrap all of your ends together into a bun and fluff them up for a more voluminous look that conceals all the elastics. Once everything looks just right, pin your bun into place.
We love this slightly tribal look just in time for fall. The triangular shape plays up your facial features while the intricate braids and fluffy buns add endless style.
Step 1: Make waves. Spray the L’Oréal Paris Advanced Hairstyle AIR DRY IT Wave Swept Spray into damp hair to boost your hair’s natural wave pattern. Give it a little help by scrunching your hair up for extra texture.
Step 2: Part your hair. Create a center part down the middle of your head using a rat tail comb. Then drag the tail end of your comb from your hairline back towards the crown of your head in a triangular shape so that you have a section of hair that starts off at about an inch wide and gradually gets bigger around your crown. Clip one triangular section out of the way with a lobster claw clip. Use another lobster claw clip to clip the hair outside of the triangular section you’re working with out of the way.
Step 3: Weave your first braid. Starting on one side, split the hair along your hairline into three sections and begin weaving a Dutch braid. It’s the same process as a traditional three-strand braid, only inverted. As you move back towards the crown of your head, continue to add new sections of hair into your braid. Once you reach your crown, tie your braid off with a clear elastic. Before moving on to the next step, use the tail end of your comb to fluff up your braid.
Step 4: Tease your pony. Hold the ends of your braided section straight in the air and use your rat tail comb to tease it by combing your hair down towards the base of your pony.
Step 5: Wrap your first space bun. Twist your teased pony around itself to create a cotton candy bun and pin it in place. Don’t worry about making it look perfect because ends sticking out is all the rage right now.
Step 6: Repeat on the other side. Unclip your other section of hair and clip the hair that you won’t be using out of the way. Then proceed to follow the same steps to create a symmetrical look.
Step 7: Finish with hairspray. Generously spray your braids with the L’Oréal Paris Advanced Hairstyle LOCK IT Bold Control Hairspray
Excited to add these medium-length braids to your hair repertoire? If you have a wedding coming up, make sure to check out our article, 12 Pretty Medium-Length Wedding Hairstyles.