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9 Low-Key Braids for the Fourth of July


Let's face it: Wearing your hair down in the summer can be quite the nuisance. Your neck gets sticky and hot (cute I know), and it just isn't comfortable. Ponytails and buns can solve this issue, but they tend to get old really fast. Braids,В on the other hand, solve all your summer hair woes. First of all, they keep your locks off your neck and out of your face. There are also so many diverse styles of braids that they can never get old. It's the perfect way to look put together, even if it took you 10 seconds to do your hair that morning.

Have a beach bonfire or barbecue you'll be gracing with your presence later today? Luckily, you've come to the right place. Ahead, we've gathered seven breezy braids to inspire you for the Fourth, because nothing ruins a perfectly good holiday like boring hair.В Keep scrolling for nine beach-worthy braids to try today!

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Side Front Twist and Braid

A chic, polished hairstyle that still looks laid back is always the way to go. To achieve this look, section off the front portion of your hair; then split it into two parts. Twist both sections around your head before pulling them together on one side.

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Tousled Milkmaid

This undone milkmaid braid is tousled, messy, and sure toВ earn you a compliment or two at whatever celebration you have planned, guaranteed. Click hereВ to see blogger Amber Fillerup demonstrate the step-by-steps via video.

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Inverted French Braid

This bold but beautiful hairstyle is the classic braid we all love, with a twist. To watch a tutorial on how to get this look, click here.

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Barely-There Braids

Sometimes subtler is better. Starting with tousled model-off-duty hair, take a one-inch section, starting at your crown, and braid it loosely all the way down. Repeat four to five times around your head for a very Woodstock-esque effect.

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Backward Milkmaid

Starting behind eachВ ear, braid a three- to four-inch section of hair, and secure both braids with an elastic. Wrap them around your head, hugging the nape of your neck, and pin them in place. So fresh! (In case you need a visual, we've got an easy-to-follow video tutorial.)

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Braided Bun

A row of tight, taught braids leading to a topknot is the perfect way to 1) keep your hair out of your face during your Fourth of July activities, and 2) look fresh and chic all day long. Here's a video demonstrating how to pull off a similar look.

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Loose French Braid

An artfully messy low, loose french braid will never go out of style, which is why you should master it immediately. Click here to see exactly how to pull off this low 'n' loose braid.

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Cornrows

Cornrows are a fashionable yet low-maintenance style for natural hair; plus, they help keep yourВ hair out of your face just in time for the summer heat. Click hereВ for a step-by-step tutorial on how to achieve this hairstyle.

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Loose Half-Braid

This hairstyle takes all of 10 seconds and works best on slightly textured second-day hair. Gather your hair starting at both temples; then braid into a loose half-braid. Spritz with a texture spray like Oribe's Texturizing Spray, $50, and secure with an elastic; then go frolic at the beach.

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This post was originally published on July 2, 2014.