The Different Types of Hairline Braids

Jennifer Annistons hairline braid at the 2009 Oscars is a twist on an old classic.

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Back when Lauren Conrad was still "LC" on "The Hills" and "Laguna Beach," she almost singlehandedly popularized the front braid. What seems like decades later in the beauty world, hairline braids are still a celeb and real-world favorite. Better yet, this hairstyle has gotten numerous makeovers with plenty of playful and creative new twists.

Side-Swept Braid

The side-swept braid is by far the easiest hairline braid and looks soft, pretty and romantic. To get this look, part hair to the side and gather a 2- to 3-inch section from the front of the side the hair is parted toward. Loosely braid the section and drape it toward the back of your head. You can secure the braid either by pulling all of your hair into a ponytail or bun or by bobby-pinning the braid in place.

French Braid

The basic French braid looks funky and cool when kept right along the hairline. And better yet, this hairstyle works like a built-in headband. No fussy bangs getting in your way if you want to try this one when you're doing something active. To execute this look, part hair to the side and use a comb to add another part about 1 or 2 inches back from your hairline from the center part down to your ear. Add the second part on the side that hair is parted toward. Pull everything except this new front section out of the way into a ponytail. Then simply French braid from the center part down to your ear, and secure with a bobby pin behind your ear.

Twists on the French Braid

If you're bored with the basic French, there are plenty of fun, original twists on this look. Rather than French braiding all the way down to your ear, about half-way down transition to a regular braid. Pull the braid back a bit and pin it near the nape of your neck, allowing the rest of your hair to fall over it. You can also try an inside-out French braid rather than a standard French with any of these styles.

The Milkmaid

Make Heidi proud with a traditional milkmaid braid. You can accomplish this look one of two ways. The first option is to section off the entire front section of hair (about 2 inches) and French braid from behind one ear to behind the other. The second also involves sectioning off the whole front section, but then part it in the middle. French braid each side from the center down to your ear.

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