The Editors
Updated on May 12, 2021

Dookie braids have come a long way from the playground. What used to be the go-to style in school, always accessorized with the latest and greatest bows and barrettes, is now undergoing a makeover. Take the braid game to the next level with intricate designs, splashes of color, and glittering gold beads.

Present-Day Dookie Braids Hairstyles

The best part about these dynamic ‘dos is that most of them transition effortlessly from cubicle or campus to cocktails, making it easy to move from day to evening while still looking like a goddess! See the pictures below to prove this fact:

1. Beautiful Braids and Baby Hairs

The hairstyle in this photo is a rather traditional take on dookie braids – these braids are long, lush, and thick from base to tip. A few gold beads add some much-needed bling, and those flawlessly styled baby hairs curling over her forehead top off the look.

2. Side Parted Braids

These braids start thick at the top and get thinner towards the tips. The beads added here and there at different levels look as if they are sliding down and are about to fall. A side part is the most convenient way to wear longer braids hanging freely.

3. Dookie Braids with Blonde Highlights

The specks of blonde in these braids make them stand out, but even more than that, they draw the eye and keep it looking. Pulling a few braids back and securing them with an elastic or other accessory changes the entire hairdo, plus, it’s a quick, easy style to do on-the-go.

4. Softly Pulled Back

Although this is one of the simplest dookie braid hairstyles, it’s also one of the loveliest. Pull back several braids on either side and secure them in the back. Black braids look awesome set off by white outfits.

5. Light Brown Braids, Red Lip

The lipstick has nothing to do with the braids themselves, of course, except the color combination is ideal for fab Instagram pictures. Beyond that, the golden brown color of the plaits with the exposed natural roots is absolutely stunning because the style doesn’t try to look natural.

6. Bob Dookie Braids

There’s a lot going on here, but it all works well together. Style dookie braids which are on the shorter side, in a classic, chin-length bob. That alone is a stellar style, but the bun piled high atop the head is an extra bit of coolness. Nothing but love for that rich burgundy color, too.

7. Chic Bohemian Braids

It’s easy to show off the Boho chic edge with dookie braids hair. On their own, braids tend to give off that laid-back, Bohemian vibe. Here, the middle part seals the deal. Keep the braids long and flowing, add some beads and gold clasps, and maybe even try on a flower crown.

8. Half Up, Half Down

This stunning ‘do for women looks elaborate, but it only takes a few minutes – if that. After pulling back the centre-parted braids, wrap a simple crown bun. This leaves the remaining braids free to flow – preferably over a shoulder, as seen here. The end style is fit for a queen.

9. Pretty and Protective

These braids are an excellent protective hairstyle. The ‘do involves 16 braids that look cute as can be but also protect the hair. The addition of a headband worn in a non-traditional way is both eye-catching and practical.

10. Half Up Top Knot Braids

Everything about this hairstyle is chic and on point! The braids are long and flowing with a radiant shade of red mixed in, which adds a colorful touch and works as a brightener. The bun, often seen with dookie braid hairstyles, is like a crown to amp up this cute ‘do.

11. Blonde Ambition

There’s just something about light blonde and platinum locks with dark roots. There’s a grunge, ’90s street-style vibe about it, and the fact that the braids glisten even in the picture is enough to make every girl steal this hairstyle.

12. Dookie Braids in Half Up Pony

Sometimes you need a simple yet showy hairstyle for your braids. Rather than being just a half ponytail, one or two braids loop around the base of this pony, effectively hiding the elastic and adding a massive height.

13. Stylishly Swept Back

This lovely look reveals just how creative dookie braid hairstyles can get. Sweep bunches of braids to the right and to the left, criss-crossing them to prevent long and heavy braids from falling into your face – smart and pretty!

14. Dookie Braid Bump

Not only are these dookie plaits absolutely perfect, but this ‘do gets extra points for height and volume. Bumping up a half ponytail or a full ponytail does more than simply added lift and volume. It also lets out a divine retro vibe. This is the style to steal whenever it feels like a throwback ’60s kind of night.

15. Thick and Luscious Braids

These braids are lush, thick, and long, which is a perfect combination. It’s often not necessary to do anything with a dookie braided ‘do – letting them flow all on their own is casual, relaxed, and ravishing. It definitely helps if those braids are rocking a rich, royal color like this, though.

16. Braided Braids

Braided dookie braids are an easy ‘do that can become your chic casual hairstyle or even formal one. These braids have been gathered together and woven into a loose, thick, over-the-shoulder braid that looks at home anywhere – from the red carpet to the living room rug.

17. Long Blonde Braids

Rapunzel wishes she had hair like this. The pale golden blonde color is stunning, partly because of the way it highlights the girl’s skin tone and eye color. A simple side part is all what’s really necessary to make this style shine.

18. Wrapped Ponytail

Braided hairstyles can still be pulled into ponytails, clearly. The effect is always interesting, but this pony goes above and beyond. Several braids wrap around the base of the ponytail, serving as a holder and a fun accent of the look.

19. Minnie Mouse Buns

One advantage of dookie braid hairstyles is their simplicity bound with a show-stopper nature. This girl has tried on the Minnie Mouse look, and we are pretty sure she’ll turn more than one head today!

20. Red and Yellow Highlights in Braids

Here’s a fun, colorful hairstyle to try! Bright specks of red and yellow stand out from the black. The clearly delineated sections add to the intricacy, but the braids themselves are the stars.

Dookie braids are more than just a fashion statement. They are protective and practical, but also versatile and gorgeous. With so many colors, lengths, and styles, finding a flattering variation is effortless.

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