10 Unnecessarily Complicated Braid Tutorials You Can Attempt On Pinterest

complicated braidSometimes I see these gorgeous braided hairstyles on Pinterest and envision what they’d look like on my weird head. My braided daydreams never get past the imagination stage because the tutorials are too complicated and I’m not a freaking wizard. I prefer more low-key and simple hairstyles anyway, but maybe I’m just sour. Some Pinterest braids are just ridiculously complex and puzzlingly ornate. Sure, we all sort of want to look like fairies, mermaids, and space princesses, but not all of us have the hair or the skills for it. Maybe some wildly coordinated people with eight pairs of surgeon-steady hands, 100 mirrors and all the time in the world will be able to master braided hair-dos on their own heads, but if you’re a putz like me, chances are you’ll end up tearing your own hair out just trying.

Here are 10 unnecessarily complicated braids from Pinterest:

1) The Braid Princess Leia Would Call Over The Top  

complicated braid

This is like the M.C. Escher of hair-dos.

2) The Most Difficult Effortless-Looking Hairstyle Ever 


I sucked at making boondoggles at summer camp, so there’s no way I’d be able to finagle this hairstyle without actually knotting my hair up irreparably.

3) The Twee As Hell Heart Braid 

heart braid

Not only is this braid not age appropriate for anyone over 12, but you’d need a perfectly shaped head and the acute spacial reasoning skills of an engineer to do this saccharine braid right.

4)  The “Four Strand Slide Up” 

four strand slide up

I’d need a girl scout or a sailor to explain knots to me before even contemplating this one.

5) The Big Braided Bun

braided bun

This will look like a braided butt when you do it yourself.

6) Chinese Staircase Braid staircase braidI had no idea that staircases in China were so twisted and hairy.

7) The Deceptively Simple Spiral Braid 

spiral braidShe looks beautiful, but I genuinely can’t comprehend the physics behind this braid.

8) The Flower Braid

FlowerbraidLaughed out loud in real life thinking about trying to brush my hair out after attempting this. You’ll have better luck just gluing a real flower to your head.

9) The Messy Summer Braidmessy summer braid

Even if I had the fine motor skills to do this, I’d need to get like 3 rows of hair extensions to achieve this look.

10) The More Twisted Than Helen Hunt In Twister (1996) Twisted Braid

twisted braid

Even Rapunzel and Shoshanna from HBO’s Girls were like “fuck dis” after attempting this complicated braid.

Photos: Shutterstock and Pinterest

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    • Kaitlin Reilly

      These are amazing but I really doubt that all of these people did those braids without an extra set of hands helping them out. Way too complicated!

    • Lindsey Conklin

      #4 &5 are super pretty. everyday when I do my hair I have expectations that I will achieve one of these and everyday i pull my hairback into a simple braid so that i dont play with it haha. #1 = heinous

    • http://www.fitorama.net/ Lauren Lever

      These make me sad I have such thin hair :(

    • I Like Pizza

      I barely know how to do a regular braid, let alone whatever fresh hell these are.

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      • katiedaisies

        best reply ever

      • LynnKell

        Genetic engineered squid-like humans.

    • https://twitter.com/FaintlyXMacabre Theresa Edwards

      A few of these are straight up vagrant.

    • http://www.ebuy24hours.com/ ebuy24hours

      Wow!I wish i can made it


    • natalie

      I can do some pretty intense crazy braids, but even some of these I know wouldn’t work. A lot of it has to do with the texture of your hair. I have very thick, but very fine hair, so suppperrr silky. Good for some braids, but others will slip right out, no matter how much product you put on. In college my roommates would bring pictures like these from their pinterests to me, but what ones on one person, will look terrible on another because of hair texture and thickness. So don’t feel bad!
      (One of my favorite braids to do when I don’t feel like drying my hair is three waterfall braids on top of each other across my head and secured at the side in a low pony. People lose their shit because it looks like a basket. I like it and it works with my crazy thick, yet silky hair)

    • Geliaebrina

      Is it bad to say that styles like this is usually how I look for class? It takes a few tries to get complicated styles right, but if you get it once it takes about 5 minutes. On the other hand, I never go anywhere near any heat tools, they are too complicated for me.

    • Alishmcmalish Dayum

      I was contemplating trying these and then I remembered I cut off all my hair.

    • Anne Marie Hawkins

      Lifetime Girl Scout here, and I am confused as fuck.