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10 Braided Hairstyles for Women Over 60

Braids are a fun way to play with your hair and give it an interesting shape and texture. Braids are worn by women of all ages and races. There are various ways to braid your hair.

Braids can be elegant and styled for an event like a wedding or they can be used to keep your hair out of your face while you exercise.

I have long hair, and, on those days where it is being unruly or I don’t have time to style it, I reach for the hair ties and create two quick braids and I’m out the door in no time.

That’s me walking the dog on the beach after quickly braiding my hair. I’m not 60 yet (in a few years), but I’m quite positive that I will be braiding my hair well into my 60s and beyond.

Here is my list of braided hairstyles for women over 60:

  1. Long Box Locks Braids – Great traditional look for black women.
  2. Side Braid with Bangs – Girly and fun look.
  3. Bob Box Locks – For a Cleopatra look.
  4. Long Back Braid – Great if you have long thick hair.
  5. Single French Braid – French braids can be worn tight or loose.
  6. Double Braids – Pair well when wearing a hat.
  7. Side Braid with Flower – Playful and holiday-inspired.
  8. Reversed Double French Braid – Great for events.
  9. Single Fishtail Braid – A two strand braid technique.
  10. Cornrows with Long Braids – Traditional cornrows accented with braids.

Long Box Locks Braids

Long Box Locks Braids

Box braids are typically worn by black women and can be styled in numerous ways. This beautiful woman has chosen long and light colored braids and they look amazing on her.

Side Braid with Bangs

Side Braid with Bangs

A side braid looks great if you have medium to long hair and bangs. It’s an easy everyday style and can make you look youthful and playful. Try matching the hair ties to your outfits for a unique look.

Bob Box Locks

Bob Box Locks

Another way to have fun with box locks is to bring them to chin level to create a cleopatra-looking bob style. Here she has pulled her locks into a ponytail and let them fall down to her chin.

Long Back Braid

Long Back Braid

A single back braid is a great idea if you have long thick hair. Place hair clips on the side of your head to keep the style neat and in place minimizing flyaways.

Single French Braid

Single French Braid

I love french braids. My mom used to style my hair this way a lot when I was a little girl. They are a little tricky to learn to do alone though. A single french braid can be braided tight with small segments of hair or more loosely with larger segments creating a more carefree look like the woman in this photo.

Double Braids

Double Braids

This look is great if you are lucky and have thick hair. Easy go-to hair styling look that also looks great when wearing a hat.

Side Braid with Flower

Side Braid with Flower

This is a great vacation look! Doesn’t she look like she is happy and carefree? Match a fabric styling flower to your outfit and feel and look like a million bucks.

Reversed Double French Braid

Reversed Double French Braid

Reversed french braids look great and can even be done as an updo for a special event. You can even style it all around your head for a braided crown look.

Single Fishtail Braid

Single Fishtail Braid

A fishtail braid is basically a french braid on steroids. You use only two strands of hair instead of three and weave across from side to side. You can make it tight by crossing smaller strands or looser by using larger chunks.

Cornrows with Long Braids

Cornrows with Long Braids

Traditional cornrows are a tried and tested way to keep hair well styled. Choose long locks and even different colors to suit your personality.

Do you like to braid your hair? What style suits you best? Do you have braid styling ideas you want to tell us about? Write your comments below.

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Sandra is the middle-aged woman you hear about who sheds everything she owns and sets out into the world to rediscover and redefine herself. After more than twenty years spent in the fashion industry designing collections for brands such as La Senza, Victoria’s Secret, and JACOB Lingerie, she shifted her path and pursued her longtime passion for writing, traveling, and photography. Sandra was published in the NY Times best selling book Eat Pray Love Made Me Do It. A deeply personal essay hand-picked by Elizabeth Gilbert about loss, facing fears, and going after dreams. Visit her website: www.sandraroussy.com

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