Are you stuck in a hairdo rut, but absolutely suck at braiding? Yep, me too. For whatever reason, no matter how hard I try, I just can’t seem to wrap my head — literally — around the logistics of even the most basic French braid.
But there’s hope for us yet! The always adorable and highly convenient milkmaid braids — the kind that wrap around your head, evoking images of both Heidi and Woodstock — are actually super easy to do. They also look way more complex than they are, and people are always impressed with them. Plus, they leave you with cute waves once you take them out.
Scroll down for our favorite twists on the milkmaid look, and exactly how to achieve them — no cows or udder cream required.
Basic milkmaid braids
For first-time milkmaid braiders, this classic version is the way to go. It works best on long hair with minimal layers, especially when it’s a little dirty. Just divide, braid, and pin. It’s really that simple!
Mixed milkmaid braids
First of all, this girl has the most amazing hair I’ve ever seen in my life. But even if your strands are subpar, you can still achieve this complex-looking milkmaid situation. To break it down, it’s a ’do that’s one part basic braid, one part fishtail, and all parts gorgeous. Even the most unskilled of braiders will have admirers asking them, “Wait, how?!”
Milkmaid braids for short hair
Milkmaid braids aren’t only for the long-of-hair. With the help of higher-placed braids and some strategically placed pins, anyone with shoulder-length locks or longer can reap the benefits of this fräulein staple — and this short vid will show you how.
Scarf milkmaid braids
Part Frida Kahlo, part that pigtail girl in Coke’s iconic “Hilltop” commercial, this one’s for those gals who love getting fancy hair with minimal effort. It’s also an awesome way to show off that gorgeous scarf you’ve been saving for the right occasion — plus, if you’re hair’s not super thick, it’ll help bulk up your braids. We can’t wait to wear this look all summer.