The Classic Braid
Firstly, you will need to section your tresses into three equal sections. Start by braiding the right section over the middle section, then the left section over the middle section, and repeat, continuing all the way down your head.
TIP: Talk to any hairstylist worth his wind machine, and he'll tell you: Braids, like updos, work much better on day-old hair. The grittier texture makes your hair more workable
The Fist Tail Braid
The fishtail or mermaid braid is a celebrity favourite on the red carpet and has been spotted on everyone from Olivia Palermo to Nicole Kidman. Start by sectioning your hair into two equal parts. Then cross a small sliver from the first section over the second section and repeat.
Continue grabbing tiny sections of hair, crossing them over, and joining them to the other half until you've reached the bottom of your strands. Don't forget to deconstruct. That's industry speak for "mess it up a bit so it doesn't look prissy." Gently tug on the sides of the sections, slightly pulling them apart to loosen the braid.
The Braid Crown
Start off by sectioning your hair into an extreme side-part. French braid your hair, keeping as close to your part as possible. Guide the section you're working with around the side of your head to the back. When you reach the end of the braid, wrap it with a clear elastic. Twist hair on the other side of the part, bringing it to the back of the head; secure with bobby pins. Finish by securing the remainder of your locks into a loose chignon.