Summer is winding to a close, and you’ve probably had quite enough of heat, humidity, and frizzy hair that’s nearly impossible to tame.
When you want to look put together in the hottest months, a braid is an effortless pick. In need of a little inspiration? Here are some of the best braided hairstyles the Internet has to offer:
We love this fishtail braid/half up-half down infusion. It’s intricate enough to look eye-catching, but not so formal that you look like you should be going to prom.
Imagine having hair that’s thick and gorgeous enough to do this? Ugh, we wish.
The Kardashians brought classic french braids back in a major way. They’re the perfect look for savoring those last days spent poolside.
For extra hot and humid days, these braids that finish in a bun are the perfect way to keep your hair off your neck in a way that offers a chic upgrade from a traditional ponytail.
We love this delicate braid crown. It’s perfect for everyday wear, but also elegant enough for date night or a more formal event.
These hairstyles are gorgeous, but we wish they came with a professional hairdresser to execute them for us, you know?
Lauren Levine is a freelance writer who has contributed to publications and websites including The Charlotte Observer, U.S. News & World Report, American Way magazine, The Huffington Post, Hello Giggles, Bustle, Thrillist, Thought Catalog, and others.