The Perfect Braids For Fall

Just because it’s hat season doesn’t mean your hair needs to be constantly hidden under wraps. See below for a moody and autumn-inspired hair lesson that’ll add just the right amount of style to the coziest of months.

For inspiration we focused on thick, messy braids that would invite fall winds to weave through each strand — adding texture, fullness and dimension — with every breath of air. We designed a wearable, sultry eye and the quintessential bold lip; pairing each look with vintage glam jewelry, ethereal dresses and chunky knits.


With beauty and fashion so intertwined, we selected Humboldt House to serve as our backdrop — absolutely smitten with its amazing vintage charm, textiles, Chicago-made goods and extraordinary indie jewelry — to put an editorial spin on the typical hair tutorial.

Here are three step-by-step guides for daring braids you’ll want to make your own:


Rope-braid Side Do:

  1. Create a deep part to one side and split hair into two sections.
  2. Craft a rope braid by using a two strand braiding technique (identical to the approach you would use for a three strand French braid) on the side with the deeper part by braiding only the front section of your hair and secure with a hair tie.
  3. On the remaining side with less hair, craft another rope braid and swing over the top of your first rope braid to add dimension and fullness. Slightly tug at each braid to create fullness.
  4. With the remaining hair at the back of your head, create a French braid and swing over the braid in the direction of the previous braids. Secure with a hair tie.
  5. Take your front facing braid and twist around remaining braids and loop the ends through an existing braid to create dimension and unify braids. This step helps to create one large, big braid.
  6. Wrap the remaining ends around the elastic hair tie and secure with a hairpin.


Braid for a Bob:

  1. Add gentle flirty waves to your hair with a medium sized barrel and part hair to one side.
  2. Grab the front bang area of the deeper part and start creating a tight fishtail braid.
  3. Widen your braid by tugging at the sides
  4. Tease at the ends. Your braid should be wide and staying in place on it’s own.
  5. Secure with a hidden pin to give the illusion of not knowing where the braid ends.


Queen Braid:

  1. Part hair down the middle and across from ear to ear.
  2. Begin twisting hair into three divided rope braids on one side.
  3. On the remaining side, create a large thick French braid.
  4. Begin by layering the three rope braids on top of your head—Intertwining and draping each rope braid on top of the next, while framing your forehead and taking up width space on top of your crown. Pin into place.
  5. Follow with the remaining French braid. Secure into place and widen each braid for a dramatic effect.

Autumn is a second spring when every leaf is a flower. — Albert Camus

Artistry Credits:
Photography by Cassandra Eldridge | Hair by Maritza Buelvas | Makeup by Debra Petrielli | Styling by Melissa Lamkin | Location: Humboldt House | Models: Raji Varughese, Cecilia Reyes, Ashlynn Racquel

Fashion and Jewelry:
On Model Raji
Dress: Joanna August Ceremony
Necklace: Humboldt House Vintage Collection
Earrings: Shades of Grey

On Model Cecilia
Dress: Joanna August Ceremony
Sweater: Sam Edelman
Jewelry: Humboldt House Vintage Collection, I am Scarlett

On Model Ashlynn
Dress: Joanna August Ceremony
Sweater: Model’s Own
Jewelry: Mineralogy

Maritza is a published hair guru, beauty editor and beauty instructor. Via Beauty For Bloggers she teaches beauty skill workshops, web design classes for the beauty-focused blogger and beauty entrepreneur and contributes regularly to online beauty bibles.

  • Braidly July 12, 2016

    These styles and tips are so great!!! Are you guys going to be updating this for this upcoming fall 2016?

  • Jess November 3, 2014

    Love these tips! Maritza is so talented — I’m always hooked on her hair tutorials!



    • maritza November 7, 2014

      A big thank you to Lauren, Sara and Jess for loving my work. Your words inspire and uplift xx Maritza

  • Lauren Burkitt November 2, 2014

    Wow, beautiful. I love that you included an option for shorter hair. I almost overlooked this post because so many braid tutorials are for girls with luscious long hair! Thanks for sharing 🙂

  • Sara October 31, 2014

    Love these styling tips! Braids are definitely my go-to for fall/winter because they’re so easy and will usually sit right in the wind… but these looks are all so different and gorgeous! Will definitely be trying one of these looks out soon.

    xoxo Sara