Braid alert this season! There is something about this simple hairstyle that makes it so special. First of all, braids are uber-cute and girly, yet they can be extremely elegant and effortlessly chic. Second, braids allow you to have fun while trying a myriad of stunning versions, from simple to more complex ones. Well, not to mention that it only takes an instant to achieve a pretty braid. Therefore, make the most of your beautiful long locks and rock this perma-trend!

Among the simplest and most chic fall 2011 DIY braided hairstyles there is one timeless trend that comes back strong season after season: the basic braid. It is extremely easy to master this style and you can wear it at school, at work, or even at an important, more formal event. We have seen it at Lanvin and Emilio Pucci in a looser version with a center parting and soft flyaways framing the face. Nevertheless, the braid looks healthy and it starts at the nape of the neck.

You can also create an ultrafeminine side braid as spotted at Band of Outsiders or Mara Hoffman. Remember to keep it slightly messy and avoid the too severe look by keeping the ends rather undone.

Fall 2011 DIY Braided HairstylesLanvinFall 2011 DIY Braided HairstylesEmilio Pucci

Fall 2011 DIY Braided HairstylesBand of OutsidersFall 2011 DIY Braided HairstylesMara Hoffman

A tighter, tight-to-the-head braid was seen at Carlos Miele. Start by making a high ponytail and secure it using an elastic band. Next, take a hair section and wrap it around the pony’s base. Then, braid the flowing section and secure it with another elastic band. Remember to keep your style sleek! Fresh, clean and simple is also the beautiful and already popular fishtail braid (Erdem). Divide hair into two equal sections. Take a small section on the right and cross it over the left section. Then, take a thin strand from the left and cross over to join the right. Repeat until you reach the ends and secure your hair with an elastic band.

Groomed to perfection? Absolutely not when it comes to the fall 2011 hairstyle trends. At Rag & Bone braids are fun, soft and girly, perfect for the urban nomad approach. Besides, this style is easy and quick to do in no time by simply making random braids throughout your hair. You can achieve this look on a straight or more tousled texture. If you want something more polished, take a peek at Charlotte Ronson who comes with nearly hidden plaits, yet with smooth hair and a sexy, effortlessly chic side parting.

Fall 2011 DIY Braided HairstylesCarlos MieleFall 2011 DIY Braided HairstylesErdem

Fall 2011 DIY Braided HairstylesCharlotte RonsonFall 2011 DIY Braided HairstylesRag & Bone

It seems that milkmaid braids are not just for summer. Models at Rachel Roy sported lovely milkmaid braids interwoven with colored ribbons. Do a center parting starting from the front to the nape of the neck. Divide hair into two low sections, braid them and weave a fabric in with any section of the three strands of the braid. Secure braids with elastic bands. Finally, take both braids up over the crown and pin them into place. Apply some hairspray.

Pigtails are unfailingly playful and adorable. Still, what happens when pigtails meet braids? The result is an irresistible, uber-gorgeous hairstyle as spotted at Y3 for fall/winter 2011-2012. Besides, the slightly imperfect result gives these braids a boho vibe. The secret of this stunning look is to leave those French braids looser. Besides, by creating lots of texture before you start plaiting will make hair look thicker and healthier. Also, ensure the finish is unkept in order to make this trend look fresh and fun.

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