Maiden Braids – Best Summer Hairstyle

For the most part, I am a wear-my-hair-down kind of gal. I like braids and updos, but I just tend to wear my hair down with a few curls most days.

But, the summer is the one season I tend to wear my hair up more often because when it’s hot, it feels good. Am I right?

Emma's favorite summer hair style

Emma's favorite summer hair style Emma's favorite summer hair style The style I do most often is maiden braids, which is a super simple version of milkmaid braids. So, I thought I would share a super simple and quick tutorial showing how I style this look with my hair length.

How to style milkmaid braids (via

Step One: I brush and part my hair in the center all the way down the back of my head. If you have bangs or shorter bits of hair in the front, you can leave them out.

Step Two: I braid each side and fasten with a clear elastic band. I like to use clear bands because the ends are somewhat visible since I have longer hair (but not necessarily super long).

After braiding, I will gently pull at the braids to fluff them out a bit so they will appear a little fuller.

This actually works even better when my hair hasn’t been washed for a day or two, or I can use plumping powder to get a little texture (my hair is super fine).

Step Three: I pin the first braid with a couple bobby pins to the top center of my head. The end usually sticks up at this stage which is pretty funny looking.

Step Four: I pin the other side into place and tuck the ends under each braid. I usually give my head a shake to see if the braids feel secure, and if not, then I add another bobby pin or two.

Emma's favorite summer hair styleThat’s it! Easy, right? This style seriously only takes me around five minutes to do, and I really like how it looks with my face shape. Plus, it gets my hair off my neck in case it’s a hot, humid day.

This easy maiden braids tutorial can work well no matter if you have bangs or not. Do you have a favorite summer hair style? xo. Emma

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Credits // Author: Emma Chapman, Photography: Janae Hardy. 

  • Used to do this hairstyle all the time in 2015 when this first got posted. Just did it again today. I feel like a cute Princess Leia. I remember when I used to wear it in 2015 my boss told me it was Frida Kahlo hair.

  • Anything that gives me Princess Leia vibes is a win for me! I really love this look and needed something new to try out — thanks.

  • So cute! This looks like a perfect summer hairstyle for me. 🙂 I’ve never did it before, but I’m definitely going to try it out soon.

  • This is a super cute updo! I need to try this ASAP!


  • That’s super cute and looks so easy to do! I’ll have to give it a try!

  • Beautiful look in this hairstyle. Thanks for telling that how to make this hairstyle. I am about to go to try this. I wish I will make this hairstyle by reading the tips and seeing step wise picks.

  • So pretty! With your lovely fair skin and that embroidered dress, you look like you’re straight out of a Scandinavian fairytale!


  • Your hair is amazing, I love the braid.

  • I just cut my hair but this was my go to hairstyle. I’m not gonna lie, I miss it.

  • Very impressed with your braiding skills! I’ve tried this very unsuccessfully.

  • Love the dress! Where is that from? Can’t believe no one asked!?!?

  • This is a cute idea. I usually wear my hair in a braid, also. I never thought to post something like this because I don’t consider myself fashionable (like, at all.), but I do find it convenient if I need to keep hair out of my face. Plus, my son likes playing with the tip of my braided ponytail.

    Super easy. Super simple.

  • I love this! I’m always looking for new easy ways to keep my hair up.

  • Beautiful!
    It reminded me of old movies. But in a good way. 🙂
    I wanna try but my hair is longer than yours, I’m not sure if it’s going to work. I’ll try.

  • This looks gorgeous on you, Emma! I wish my hair was a bit longer and thicker so I could pull it off, but it doesn’t hurt to try, right?!

    Monica / Mocha and Moccasins

  • This looks so easy and chic at the same time… I may have to try it. 🙂

  • I like this style!

    The braided style I rock during the summer is a simple side braid – something like this:×300.jpg

    I think it is too casual for my work style though so I tuck and roll the end up under the inside of the braid and pin it. It looks super chic and I stay super cool. It is a win win!

    It looks a little something like this:

  • It’s vintage, gifted to me from Rachel. I’ve had it for a few years now and it’s one of my favorites and most worn dresses. I just LOVE the embroidery.


  • Try spraying your hair with dry shampoo (natural or store-bought) before you begin. The dry shampoo will add some texture to your hair so when you fluff the braids out they are more likely to stay that way, making your hair look fuller and less fine.


  • The more hair you have the better it can look (or more full, anyway) but hair to your shoulders or just below can work great. I’ve been doing this style since my hair was about 3-4 inches shorter than it is now and I liked it then too. 🙂


  • Thanks for the resource!

    One other thing you can try is to use another bobby pin to get that weird bump into place.

    Good luck!

  • I love this hairstyle! So perfect for getting your hair off your neck in the heat!

  • This is cute! I can’t really do anything with my hair because I shave my head in March to raise money for St. Baldrick’s! 🙂

  • This is so darn sweet! It’s nice to have a different look for humid days other than a classic pony tail! Love it!

  • My favorite quick updo when my hair is longer is a Gibson Tuck! It’s so easy and always looks nice. It’s easy to play with too, add a couple twists or braids, curly or straight hair…it’s perfect.

  • I’ve tried this hairstyle when I had longer hair but it just doesn’t look good on me. Although I love how it looks on others ! Maybe I’d just need to get used to it!

  • Looks cute on you! Looks horrible on me. I have thick curly hair and it is just too frizzy to look good. Then if I pin it up it’s too heavy to stay on top of my head lol.

  • Oh what a gorgeous hairstyle! It looks so good on you! THOUGHTS IN TIFFANY BLUE: A Fashion and Lifestyle Blog

  • Thanks for the tutorial! I usually wear my hair down too, but have always loved braided updos. Now with my short hair, it’s almost impossible to style..but this tutorial seems easy so it’s something I’ll try out when my hair grows longer. Love your beautiful embroidered dress, by the way!

  • I love doing my hair like this! It really is perfect when the heat starts to rise and you just want your hair off your neck/back.


  • When you braid, try to get the strand furthest back on your head to be the last one you cross over, so the braid follows the curve of your head once it’s up. I followed a ‘Lydia Martin braided updo’ tutorial on YT (don’t have the link, sorry, but they explain it better than I just did!) and that tip saved it for me, because mine was lumpy too.

  • Sounds easy enough and I love having my hair off my neck during the summer!


  • Would love to try this – my ears might stick out too much though!!

  • Such an adorable, flattering look to beat the heat. I had to mention I adore your minimal, but punchy makeup in these photos. Your lip color is like a pop POP, and I am loving it.

  • Ha! The other day I saw this pic of you somewhere on the blog (?). And I was really looking forward to having you make this tutorial (or finding one on youtube)! Thanks a bunch! I really mean it! You read my mind! Since I’m all for make-it-as-easy-as-possible-since-I-don’t-have-the-time-and-the-ability-to-make-something-out-of-my-hair this just came in perfect!
    XO from Zagreb!

  • This hairstyle looks really cute, I love it! I’ll have to try it this summer, as I’m rather predictable with my hair and it’s getting boring. And you’re right, it’s practical when’s hot – this is a major advantage!

  • This is the CUTEST hair… but also: where did you find that beautiful dress? I love it so much!

  • Makes me want my long hair back 🙂

  • I love this hair style! I can’t do it myself because my hair is extra extra long! But I do it to my 3 year old girl and it looks so beautiful! Thanks for sharing! Also, love the mexican blouse. My daughter has one that actually belonged to me when I was little. It was a gift from someone had brought me form Mexico. ♥

  • Gorgeous hair style! Have you got any recommendations for fine hair? I have tried this look, but the plait always looks really thin.

  • Makes me wish I still had my long hair.

  • So pumped to see this tutorial on your hair(mine is the same length). I have always wanted to try it but didn’t think my hair would be long enough. Now I definitely have to try it!

  • I have tried this hairstyle a couple times. But the braid on the side always leaves a weird lump that I dont like 🙁

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