Baby braids are the perfect little accent to elevate any hairstyle. These miniature braided strands can be positioned in the front, sides, or wherever you prefer for a pretty look. With their nostalgic Y2K vibe, baby braids complement all hair types and textures.
Since baby braids pair beautifully with most styles, they make it easy to take your look to the next level. Many baby braid hairstyles are simple enough to do yourself at home, without the need for a salon visit. The tiny braids are usually secured at the ends with small rubber bands to prevent unraveling. Try decorating them with hair accessories for extra sparkle.
From everyday wear to special occasions, baby braids offer versatility for any event. Discover 24 cool ways to wear this on-trend accent. With so many options, you can switch up your style daily while enjoying baby braids’ playful yet polished look.
1. Black Baby Braids
Switch up your black hair from basic to extra by adding baby braids to the front or sides of your hair. Secure the baby braids with rubber bands to make your black hair look stunning, just like Dua Lipa’s style in the photo above.
2. Baby Braids With Beads
Baby braids elevate the hair already and to spice them up even more, you can add beads to them. The beads can be added at the ends of the baby braids or all over the braids. Beads come in different styles and colors that are perfect for making your baby braids pop!
3. Baby Braids To The Side
If you don’t like your baby braids to be in your face, they can be braided to the side instead. To make the baby braids lay even flatter, they can be done in small French braids, with the ends of the hair left loose on each side. Baby braids styled to the side can serve as a headband to hold back the hair in front, leaving the rest of the hair flowing freely.
4. Baby Braids With Bangs
One great thing about baby braids is how they complement any hairstyle, including those with bangs. Simply add the baby braids on either side of the bangs for an entirely new look!
5. Bubble Baby Braids
If you don’t know how to braid at all, bubble braids are a great option to try. Bubble baby braids are easily achieved by using small rubber bands to section off small parts of hair at short intervals and then fluffing out the exposed hair to create the bubble effect. Bubble baby braids are very easy to do and do not require any braiding skills.
6. Chunky Baby Braids
Want to take your baby braids to the next level? Do them in big or chunky sizes. All you need to do is take a section of hair and make large baby braids on both sides. Braiding the baby braids loosely will give them more volume.
7. Rubber Band Baby Braids
Rubber band baby braids are all you need to give your hair some color and life. These braids can be achieved by pulling out small sections of hair at the front and using small rubber bands to secure the hair at short intervals. You can use one color of bands or different colors for a brighter look. Rubber band braids are similar to bubble braids, but the difference is that the hair sections aren’t fluffed out between the bands.
8. Baby Braids With Two Cornrows
Baby braids paired with two cornrows create the perfect Y2K hairstyle! This look is achieved by sectioning the hair into two parts and making cornrow braids on each side, then adding two baby braids in front. The cornrow braids can be done as French or Dutch braids.
9. Baby Braids With Short Hair
People with short hair can also rock the baby braids trend! The baby braids can be added at the front or sides of the hair and accessorized to spice up the look.
10. Half Baby Braids
Half baby braids are braided only partially down the length of the hair and secured halfway with a rubber band. This style works well for wavy hair, creating a bohemian vibe. Half baby braids are a creative way to incorporate the baby braids look without braiding all the way to the ends.
11. Baby Braids With Curly Hair
Baby braids are versatile and complement all hair textures, including curly hair. To achieve this style with curls, simply make two baby braids at the front of the hair and leave the rest of the curls loose. Use your favorite products to define the curls, and that’s all you need to do! The remaining hair can also be pulled up or styled creatively. The baby braids beautifully accent the glorious curls.
12. Double Baby Braids
Double baby braids involve making two baby braids side-by-side on both sides of the hair. The paired braids can sit directly next to each other or with a small space between. This eye-catching look can complement any hairstyle you choose.
13. Baby Braids With Two Curly Ponytails
Baby braids paired with two curly ponytails create a darling look for curly hair types. To achieve it, simply braid the baby braids at the front or sides of the hair, then pull the rest into two playful ponytails. The baby braids can be jazzed up with beads or any fun hair accessories you like.
14. Baby Braids With Messy Bun
This effortless look is perfect for busy mornings or days when you don’t feel like spending time styling your hair. To create baby braids with a messy bun, simply braid some baby braids at the front of the hair, then loosely pull back the rest into a bun. Secure the loosely-packed bun so it doesn’t unravel, and leave out a few strands around the face to embrace that undone vibe. It’s the ideal low-maintenance hairstyle when you still want to look put together.
15. Baby Braids With Spiky Bun
Baby braids paired with a spiky bun inject fun into your regular bun look. To get this style, make some baby braids at the front of the hair, then slick back the remaining hair where you want the bun placed. Create the spiky shape by folding the ends of the hair into a bun, leaving the tips out to form the spikes. Use holding spray to keep the sculpted bun in place. The contrast of the sweet baby braids against the edgy faux-hawk bun creates visual interest.
16. Baby Braids With Ponytail
Baby braids paired with a slick ponytail instantly lift the face, enhancing all your gorgeous features. This look can be done with or without a hairstylist. Simply braid some baby braids at the front of the hair, then slick back and secure the remaining hair into a ponytail at the crown, middle, or nape of the neck. Lay those edges flawlessly, and get ready to turn heads with this stunning style!
17. Bubble Ponytail Braids With Bubble Baby Braids
Bubble ponytail braids create a ponytail look using rubber bands at short intervals to section off the hair, with the sections fluffed out to form a bubble effect. The same process can be repeated for bubble baby braids, secured halfway down or all the way to the ends. This bubbly pairing of ponytail and baby braids produces a unique, eye-catching style for casual and dressy occasions. The whimsical look is different and fun!
18. Long Baby Braids
Another reason to love baby braids is that they look good on all hair lengths, so those with long hair can fully embrace this braids trend too. As the name implies, long baby braids entail braids with longer lengths. These extended braids provide plenty of opportunity for hair accessories. You can adorn them with anything from beads to hair jewels that complement your style. Let those lovely braids shine!
19. Baby Twist Braids
Baby twist braids offer another very appealing option if you don’t know traditional braiding. To achieve this look, take small sections of hair and twist two strands together to form the twists. Make the twists tight or loose, securing properly along the length with rubber bands. Baby twist braids can be integrated in various ways – at the front, on the sides, or scattered throughout for visual interest. Your creative intuition will guide you.
20. Half Up Half Down With Baby Braids
The half up half down hairstyle also pairs beautifully with baby braids. To get the look, section the hair from ear to ear, gathering the top portion into a ponytail while leaving the bottom layer loose. Incorporating those sweet baby braids injects just the right amount of charm into this feminine style.
21. Two Buns With Baby Braids
What’s better than one bun? Two, of course! This easy double bun look only requires splitting the hair into two sections, packing each one into a bun shape, then rolling the ends into baby braids for the perfect accent. Add the sweet braided pieces to the front or sides, and voila – you’re ready to take on the day! It’s a cute style that looks like you put thought into it, with way less effort.
22. Baby Braids Crown
A baby braids crown is a hairstyle that involves making small braids at the top center of the hair and gathering them into the middle of the head to form a crown structure. The remaining hair can be styled by packing it halfway or leaving it down altogether, but however you style it, your hair will look great with this look.
23. Baby Braids With Two Ponytail Braids
Another great hairstyle for baby braids is two ponytail braids. This style with baby braids and two braided ponytails is a perfect look for a baby girl’s next glamorous photo shoot! It is achieved by sectioning the hair into two parts and adding a braided ponytail to each slick side, then leaving out a small section of hair in the middle for the baby braids. This creates a cute and polished look that is perfect for a special occasion.
24. Baby Braids With High Puff
Baby braids with a high puff work well with short or medium length curly hair textures. To create this style, most of the hair is gathered and packed at the top of the head to form a puff, while baby braids are done in the front sections to frame the face. Once finished, adorn your baby braids with your favorite hair accessories for a complete look. This fun style is easy to achieve and perfect for dressing up curly hair.