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Braids probably make you think of two things: tomboys and schoolgirls. While the latter is inherently girly, it's still probably not the feminine look you're going for. Lucky for you, these days beauty experts are always coming up with tons of styles, so you're perfect girly braided hairstyle is probably much easier than you think.
Fancy Side Braid
Side braids are super trendy and can be worn in tons of ways. To keep yours more feminine, add a little curl and keep a few tendrils free to frame the face. Start by curling your locks with a large barrel curling iron before pulling hair to the side and working it into a neat braid. Leave your front sections out to create a romantic face-framing curl.
French Braided Chignon
French braids can be completely modern. Try working them into a chignon. Just part hair loosely -- in the middle or on the side -- and gently rake hair back. Start your braids a little further back so they're not visible if you're looking straight on. Once you've French braided both sides of your hair, twist the remainder into a bun and secure it with bobby pins.
If you want to rock gorgeous feminine curls but still want some sort of braid, work in an accent braid instead of braiding up your whole head of hair. Try sectioning a piece of hair right along the hairline on top and braiding it back, or part hair on the side and braid back a section along your part. You can work a French braid here too, braiding your hair from your part, along your hairline toward your ear.
Try pulling your hair into a loose, asymmetrical, slightly messy braid with lots of volume. Start by teasing the hair at the crown of the head to give hair lots of volume up top. Then, gently comb hair back with your fingers and braid it starting at the back side of the head. Work your way across and down to the nape of the neck and then continue the braid to the end of the hair.