The milkmaid braid is characterized by a free form braids that have been lifted up and secured close to the front of the hairline. While this style may look complex don’t fear – it’s actually really easy to do! Simply part your hair down the middle and make two ponytails at the back. Then you are going to plait or braid these two ponytails and bring them up past the ears and secured on top (tucking them under each other works well). You can also achieve this style using a single braid if your hair is long enough.
The milkmaid braid is sometimes confused with a crown braid. With the crown style, the braid is formed along the sides of the head using a Dutch or French method rather than fastening loose braids on top as you do with the milkmaid style. Now that you know the difference, enjoy these 30 stunning pictures!
# 1 Om-Braids
Ombres or two-tone hair color is a wonderful base for the milkmaid style as it provides great contrast. This look is boho-inspired; notice the flyaway strands and the loose braids on top. These braids have been created using a simple plaiting technique and expertly tucked one under the other. A pink rose clip completes the flower girl feel.
In this picture, the model is wearing a round fringe that just brushes the brows, with lovely long locks. The hair has been colored in dark brown and shades of gray and blue. Two thin braids have been fashioned from the bottom layer of hair and brought around the head, just behind the ears. Each stretches from one side to the other, creating a double row of braids.
# 3 Whimsical Milkmaid Braid
Release your inner hippy and relax in a loose and pretty updo like this. Here, the milkmaid braid was created using the fishtail method, allowing lots of strands to escape. The rest of the hair has been pinned up at the back; you can use the braid to hide these pins. To finish the look a few tiny daisies have been added to decorate.
# 4 Fiery Milkmaid
Braids concentrate your locks tightly together so they are excellent at showcasing brilliant shades like this red. Here the hair has been center parted and the plaits brought up from each side and pulled across to almost reach the other side. Each plait has been neatly tucked under the other to create a flowing feel. This look is easy going with a few curled strands left to brush the face.
# 5 Clipped Ends
If your braids are long enough to stretch right across your head, then try a style like this. Here the ends of each braid have been secured on the side of the head using pretty clips. The braids themselves are tight and defined while the hair beneath has a softer feel.
# 6 Thick Braids
Milkmaid braids seem difficult, but actually, they are easy to create and keep their shape throughout the day. In this picture we see a thick braid coming in from one side and reaching over. This can be created by first drawing the hair into a low side pony before plaiting it. In this look, the hair is slack and wavy, with plenty of loose strands.
# 7 Summer Loving
When summer comes and you want a feminine style that also keeps your hair off your neck try the milkmaid style. To copy this look make sure that you have loosened some of the hair in front before you divide the hair to make plaits. Don’t make the plaits too tight and make sure you tuck those ends away.
# 8 Romantic Braids
For romantic looks you just can’t go wrong with milkmaid braids – this dark haired beauty has loosely plaited her hair on both sides and lifted them forward, folded them across the head and secured the ends. She’s left some strands to fall gently around the face and neck.
# 9 Super Chic
This elegant updo was created by using one thick braid which starts on the left side and wraps up and over the head. This style compliments the striking dark and light hair color and even with the free locks in front it manages to look chic and put together. Team this look with your sunnies and a scarf for cold winter days.
# 10 Soft And Wavy
A natural wave is no obstacle to wearing the milkmaid style; it merely provides more texture and volume for the look. In this picture, the hair has been given an off-center parting and the two braids cross next to each other over the head forming two neat rows. With extra-long hair like this, it is easy to hide the ends away on top.
# 11 Evening Out
When you are doing your own milkmaid braids you can choose to bring the plaits up behind the ears over for a more formal look you can cross them over the ears like you see here. Even though this style is slightly relaxed and doesn’t have a polished feel it is suitable for evening events with a smart jacket or a suitable chic outfit.
# 12 Grunge Look
You may never have thought that milkmaid braids and a grungy look could go together, but they can be used to create an edgy look like the one seen here. Make your braid as relaxed as possible and let lots of strands hang loose if you want to get this look. Be sure to let the braid lie as far forward as possible too.
# 13 Disheveled Milkmaid
In this picture, the braid has been brought quite far forward so that it sits on the edge of the hairline in front. It looks like a four strand technique was used to create this braid and it has been fashioned in a structured yet slightly disheveled way. This is a relaxed look that could very easily be dressed up with some flowers or feathers to create a bohemian look.
# 14 Accent Plaits
This is the milkmaid style with a difference and isn’t it pretty? To get this look part your hair (either middle parting or off center like she has) and keep two sections of hair loose while you create the larger braid from the back to the front. Once you’ve finished the milkmaid braid you can make little plaits out of those loose sections.
# 15 Hair Band Effect
If you’ve added bold colors to your hair, like she has with the rainbow colors on the bottom half of her locks, then you can use a milkmaid braid to create a cute “hair band” effect. In this picture, she has brought her braid up past the ear and secured it just behind her fringe.
# 16 Gentle Milkmaid Braid
If you have bangs or layers and you are worried about them escaping from your milkmaid style, don’t be. This type of hairstyle looks best with whimsical locks that frame the face. If you can give them a little bit of curl like this model that’s even better! She has kept her braids quite neat and tight but allowed looseness in the upper locks.
# 17 Flower Girl
Floral headpieces are perfect for special occasions and bright, ornate ones like this are an excellent complement for milkmaid braids. In this picture, the hair has been neatly parted and the braids are tightly formed. The ends are easy to hide away under the flower headpiece.
# 18 Ruffled And Soft
In this picture, the model has fashioned a large plait that reaches from one side of the head to the other. Her lower locks are blonde while the upper layers are an earthy brown which creates an elegant distinction. This style is feather soft, with lots of flyaway strands.
# 19 Fiesta Style
Stay cool (and stylish) at the next festival – this style is tough enough to survive all day and even if it becomes messy it will still be chic! She has fashioned a braid from her long locks using the fishtail method, which she has lifted behind the ear and secured on top. The front portion of hair is center parted with some locks left loose.
# 20 White Flower Updo
Milkmaid braids and blossoms are a gorgeous duo and although the final product looks intricate they are actually quite simple to create. For this look the hair has been brushed out and plaited, allowing for soft strands to escape. The plait has been fastened in front and delicate white roses and sprays of elderflowers have been used for decoration.
# 21 Easy Everyday Style
In this photo, the model has parted her long locks and created a fishtail braid on one side and a normal plait on the other. She has laid the fishtail braid in front, allowing some small strands to escape from underneath, and the plait behind it. This is relaxed and casual style and it’s easy to spice up for everyday wear.
# 22 Side By Side
For this look, two thin, slack braids, created with a regular plait have been raised to cross over the ears and secured next to each other on top. Although this style leaves the ends visible on top, the tips of the braids have been tucked away.
# 23 Fuller Feel
If you crave a fuller milkmaid style use one thick braid instead of two (provided your locks are long enough for the braid to cross over your head). Here a singular braid has been lifted up to cover the ear and secured on the front hairline. This style creates a lot more volume and together with the curled accent strands provides a romantic feel.
# 24 Fringes And Floating Curls
If you have a full fringe like this model you can choose to pin it back underneath your braid or place your braid behind it like she has done and as you can see it looks fantastic. She has fashioned a baggy plait from her blazing red locks and added floating curls in front.
# 25 Rocking Purple Braids
Here is another example of a pretty side brushed fringe working together with the milkmaid braid style. She has created two plaits which she has brought up behind the ears and secured alongside each other, making a double row. We love the bobble hair ties that she has used to contrast with her shocking purple locks.
# 26 Curly Milkmaid
Although straight hair allows for more definition in a braided updo, this style can also work for curly hair. If you are looking for loose flyaway texture, then spiral curled hair like this is actually perfect. Another bonus of having a milkmaid braid in your curly locks is that it is easier to hide the tips of the braids!
# 27 Excellent Extensions
This braided look was created using an ombre hair extension. She started a Dutch braid from behind the ear and added sections of her own locks in as she went. To get a looser feel she went through the braid and gently pulled it when she was done. Remember you can always loosen your braid, but to make it tighter you’ll have to start again.
# 28 Elle Style Braids
Here’s proof that milkmaid braids are even hot enough for the red carpet. Elle Fanning is wearing a neatly structured milkmaid braid consisting of two tight braids that meet atop her head with the rest of her hair relaxed and not pulled back too tightly.
# 29 Bangs and Plaits
In this picture, Jennifer Lawrence wears her bangs flowing out from underneath the single row milkmaid braid on top. She is wearing this style in a disheveled way, but when combined with simple makeup and the right outfit it’s perfectly elegant.
# 30 Stunning Updo For Sophie
We all know how good Sophie Turner from Game Of Thrones looks in these sort of updo styles so it’s no surprise to see her rocking this gleaming milkmaid braid. Here the style has been kept pristinely neat and tight, with the fringe brushed over and tucked underneath the thick braid.
Before you start trying out this style, make sure you have brushed your hair out thoroughly to make your look as smooth as possible. This is a fantastic way to create an updo that looks elaborate, but will only take a few minutes to achieve. You can choose to make it loose, or wear it tight and to dress it up simply add pretty clips or flowers. Whether you need an everyday style or something for a special occasion this look will deliver every time and you’ll make those around you so envious. Whether you choose to share your secret or not is up to you! What are you waiting for? It’s time to get busy braiding!