5 Affordable Braiding Tools You Need to Buy ASAP

Let’s face it, even though you may try for hours and watch multiple tutorials, sometimes you just can’t figure out how to copy those sophisticated hair braiding styles on Instagram. Whether you need some extra help completing complex hairstyles or you’re just learning how to braid hair, these 5 hair braiding tools will help you create trendy braids by doing most of the work for you!

#1: Easy Fishtail Braid

Fishtail braids look great on everyone but can be pretty time-consuming and difficult to achieve. If you are still learning how to do a fishtail braid try something like the Mia Ez Braider styling tool. It will be your new best friend.

First, gather a small section of hair from the center of your head and twist it, then attach the Ez Braider to the hair. The top of the tool has an anchor similar to a bobby pin, making it easy to attach it yourself at the back of your head without worrying about it falling out. Once it’s attached, take a small section of hair from one side of your head and twist it once, then insert it into the opposite side of the Ez Braider. Do the same with the other side and continue on until all of your hair is in the braider. Take a look at this tutorial to see the finished fishtail braid.

#2: Waterfall Braid Maker

A waterfall braid is one of the most beautiful braids, but it is also one of the more complicated braids to execute. Next time you try a waterfall braid, use the Conair Waterfall Braid Maker tool to help you keep track of all the steps that go into creating the braid. Although you can use the tool by yourself; it works best if used by another person, so you may be better off asking a friend to help!

Waterfall Braid Maker

Price: $3.59, Photo: Conair

Start with two strands from one side of the front of your head and twist them together. Then, grab the waterfall braid maker tool, adding the top strand to the right slot, and the bottom strand to the left slot. Add a new strand of hair from the top of your hair to the middle slot, then pull the hair from the left slot out and let it drop. This is your first piece of the waterfall braid. Next, turn the tool clockwise and add a new strand of hair from underneath the strand that was dropped to the right slot. Add a new strand to the middle slot and continue this pattern. To watch the tool in action, check out this tutorial!

#3: Topsy Tail Ponytail

The topsy tail ponytail is the perfect hairstyle for anyone to rock because it looks like you’ve put in a lot of effort, but in reality it only takes a few minutes to complete. The final hairstyle looks as if it’s been braided, but the secret is that the hair of the ponytail has just been flipped through the rest of the hair, creating a very cool look. The Conair Topsy Tail is the perfect tool to help you pull off the hairstyle effortlessly.

Topsy Tail Hair Tool

Price: $7.99, Photo: @chriswolfenstein

First, collect your hair into a half-up hairstyle. Then, put the topsy tail (loop side up) behind your elastic and thread your hair through the loop and pull on the end of the topsy tail to pull your hair through the loop. To create a braided ponytail effect (repeat these steps three or four times), then pull at the strands of hair to make sure they’re loose. Take a look at this video to see the topsy tail in action and discover different looks you can achieve with the tool.

#4: French Hair Braiding Tool

French braids are a very common hairstyle, but can be really tricky to do with just your own two hands. Often times the braid does not come out as tight or polished as we want it to look, but with the use of the Sponge Hair Braider you won’t have that problem! The sponge is a great tool for beginners learning how to French braid, as it locks in each strand of hair tightly, allowing you to take your time without ruining the braid.

French Hair Braiding Tool

Price: $1.57, Photo: Amazon

To use the sponge, start off how you normally would start a French braid by taking three sections of hair from the front of your head. The sponge has four spots, labeled by numbers from left to right. Put the left section in the first spot, the middle section in the third spot and the right section in the fourth spot. Then crossover the 4th spot to the 2nd, move the 3rd to the 4th, crossover the 1st to the 3rd, then move the 2nd to the 1st. Now that you have the beginning of your braid, add two new sections of hair to the left and right spots (1st and 4th), then just repeat this pattern until you reach the end of your hair. It may seem complicated at first, but following along with this tutorial makes it very easy to accomplish a perfect French braid.

#5: Automatic Hair Twister

If you’re on the hunt for a tool that requires minimal effort on your part, try out an electric or automatic hair braider. While most of these tools actually create twists instead of braids, the finished result looks Instagram-worthy. Most electric hair twisters like the InfifnitiPro Quick Twist by Conair have two clamps that hold one strand of hair each. After your hair is secured in the clamps, slide the button up to make the strands twist tightly to the top of your head. Next, in the direction of the arrow, rotate the tool so the two twists wrap around each other and secure the end with an elastic band, creating a tight twist-braid.

Automatic Hair Twister

Price: $10.00, Photo: @conaircanada

For an even more interesting hairstyle, check out this tutorial on how to make a cob braid. First, make three twist-braids down the center of your hair. Then, gather the twists into three sections from the base of your neck and proceed by braiding your hair normally or by creating a fishtail braid for a beautiful sophisticated hairstyle!


Braiding your own hair can seem like a daunting task, but it doesn’t have to be. With the help of these braiding tools, you’ll quickly learn how to braid your own hair so well that soon you’ll be the one showing off on Instagram!