11 Insanely Cute No-Braid Hairstyles You Should Try

Are you looking for some fabulous no-braid hairstyles? Well, girl… you’ve come to the right place…

Braided hairstyles have been all the rage since the dawn of Pinterest, but braiding isn’t for everyone. It’s actually quite common for people to struggle with this desirable talent.

Although the ability to braid comes with practice, it also requires some natural skill. You either have it or you don’t.

But just because you struggle with braiding doesn’t mean you have to give up trendy hair altogether! There are plenty of other amazing hairstyles you could try, and I’m here to provide you with a little inspo.

Here are 11 of the cutest, trendiest no-braid hairstyles I could find!


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Braiding isn't for everyone, but don't let that drag you down. Here are 11 super trendy no-braid hairstyles you could start doing today!

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1. The Scrunchie Bun

Let’s kick off this list with a super trendy blast from the past: the scrunchie.

Five years ago, I would have never guessed that this iconic 90’s look would be back in our faces…but they’re here, and they’re hotter than ever.

One of my absolute favorite modern scrunchie trends is to pair it with a high bun! It’s adorable and super trendy.

If you need a jump on the scrunchie bandwagon, check out some of the sweet deals on Amazon. You can get a bundle of super cute scrunchies for a killer price.


2. Overlapped and Laced

An overlapping hairstyle is a fun no-braid hairstyle you can try!
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A half-up overlapped/laced hair is a fun way to add a pop of formality to everyday hair. Of course, it’s also great for formal events.

It just adds that little extra something to a basic hairstyle.

Kate from The Small Things Blog brought a lot of attention to these types of hairstyles, so I’m gonna let her show you how they’re done.

💡TIP: Kate also recommends using these bobby pins for the best hold!


3. Half-Up topknot

A half-up topknot is a fun no-braid hairstyle you can try!
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I love me some half-up topknots.

This is pretty much my go-to hairstyle these days. It’s so easy to pull off (especially at 5 am before work), and it’s trendy AF. If you have young kids, like me, it’s all about saving time and finding easy styles to recreate at home.

Hairstyles like this are solid gold.

A half-up topknot is a fun no-braid hairstyle you can try!
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4. Pinned Back On One Side

This no-braid hairstyle is so simple yet so powerful…. and it’s soooo easy to pull off. You literally just need to pin back one side of your hair and fasten it up with a bobby pin or clip.

💡TIP: Use pearl hair clips for extra trend points.

This can be done on straight or wavy hair and can be incorporated into both formal and everyday hairstyles. Either way, it lets you wear your hair down with a subtle pop of style.


5. Voluminous Ponytail

I’ve always been a big fan of the classic ponytail. It keeps the hair out of your face and is incredibly easy to do.

But what’s sexier than a glam ponytail full of volume and style? Absolutely nothing, right?

Colour your passion shows you how incredibly easy it is to spice up a basic ponytail in just a few extra minutes of time. You have to take a look!

❤How To: Messy Voluminous Ponytail Tutorial |Textured ponytail👌

6. Easy Twist Bun

I love this no-braid hairstyle because it’s so fancy and formal, but it really only takes a few minutes to put together.

An easy twist bun is a fun no-braid hairstyle you can try!
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See what I mean?

Play around with it. Loosen the ringlets and make the style work for you. My only main recommendation is to strive for balance in the shape of the bun. But of course, that all comes with practice.


7. Hollywood Glam

A Hollywood glam hairstyle is a fun no-braid hairstyle you can try! Check out some other hairstyles you can do that don't involve braiding!
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A Hollywood glam hairstyle is a fun no-braid hairstyle you can try! Check out some other hairstyles you can do that don't involve braiding!
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Glam Hollywood waves are one of my absolute favorite hairstyles of all time. Think red carpet Marilyn Monroe. It’s a timeless look that just screams class.

All you need is a decent curling wand, some no-crease hair clips, and a solid hair tutorial. But have no fear! SS HAIRR‘s gotchu covered!

GLAM WAVES / Using the Muk Stick Curler By SSHAIRR

8. Headband Chignon

A headband chignon is a fun no-braid hairstyle you can try! Check out some other hairstyles you can do that don't involve braiding!
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This is a really fun way to incorporate a cute scarf or headband into your hairstyle. It’s a super cute no-braid hairstyle and looks like it took a lot of work to do (even though it didn’t).

However, there’s a really cool hair hack that allows you to create this fancy updo in a matter of minutes. Check it out.

A headband chignon is a fun no-braid hairstyle you can try! Check out some other hairstyles you can do that don't involve braiding!
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9. Bubble Ponytail

A bubble ponytail is a fun no-braid hairstyle you can try! Check out some other hairstyles you can do that don't involve braiding!
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Bubble ponytails are a super fun way to spruce up your hair without the use of braids. Loosely incorporate them into other hairstyles for a very Princess Jasmine-y look, or even go for a sleek bubble mohawk hairstyle to look edgier.

If you know how to backcomb hair and place elastics, you can totally pull off this look. But don’t just take it from me. Let Alex Gaboury show you how it’s done.

HOW TO: Easy Bubble Ponytail | MEDIUM, LONG HAIR

10. Half-Twisted

A twisted half-updo is a fun no-braid hairstyle you can try! Check out some other hairstyles you can do that don't involve braiding!
📷Credit: @styledby_katie

This romantic no-braid hairstyle is timeless, and you can recreate it at home in minutes. Annies Forget Me Knots has a fantastic tutorial I’d recommend watching if you like this style.

Soft Romantic Half Up Style

11. Faux Braids

Faux braids are the ultimate no-braid hairstyle.

These techniques allow you to create hairstyles that look like they were braided, but by using small ponytails instead.

A pull-through braid/faux braid is a fun no-braid hairstyle you can try! Check out some other hairstyles you can do that don't involve braiding!
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For example, the “pull-through” braid is done by pulling ponytails through other ponytails. It’s effortless to do but looks impressive when done correctly!

LuxyHair has a super easy-to-follow tutorial that shows you how to do a pull-through braid at home. Check it out!

How To: Pull-Through Braid | Hair Tutorial For Beginners

Similarly, you can do a faux fishtail with overlapped ponytails that tuck into each other.

A faux fishtail braid is a fun no-braid hairstyle you can try! Check out some other hairstyles you can do that don't involve braiding!
📷Credit: @lvl7salon

It’s super easy to do. Kirsten Zellers has a fabulous tutorial on her YouTube channel.

Faux Fishtail Tutorial

Final Thoughts

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Even if braiding isn’t your thing, you can rock a super trendy hairstyle. A few of these ultra-cute no-braid hairstyles may be just what the doctor ordered.

And better yet, there are ways to fake braids without actually having to braid your hair. It just takes a little bit of practice and consistency.

Until next time,

YOUR TURN: What do you think about these super cute no-braid hairstyles? Are you going to try a few of them? Do you have anything else to add to this list? Drop your thoughts in the comments section below! 👇🏼👇🏼👇🏼


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