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How to Draw a Braid

Do you want to learn how to draw a braid, but don’t know how? Our step-by-step tutorial will help you draw a beautiful and stylish braid.

Learn how to draw basic outlines, add detail, create volume and texture. Don’t waste time searching for information – follow our instructions and achieve amazing results when drawing braids.

How to draw a braid
How to draw a braid step by step

How to Draw a Braid: Basic Information

A lesson on how to draw a braid will be very useful for you, because you will learn how to draw a popular hairstyle/. You can use the acquired skills when you want to draw a girl or woman with such a hairstyle.

Here we will present the easiest way to draw a braid, which is perfect for beginners. This tutorial will use curved lines that need to be placed in a specific order.

Here are some features to consider when drawing a braid:

  • Hair separation: a braid consists of several strands of hair that are intertwined with each other. Consider the division of the hair and add detail to make each strand visible.
  • Direction and shape: the example shows a thin and neat braid. Watch the shape and direction of the braid to give it realism.

Remember that drawing is a creative process and each braid can look unique. Use these tips and experiment to create your own beautiful and eye-catching braid designs.

Braid Drawing Tutorial


  • Pencil
  • Paper
  • Eraser
  • Coloring supplies

Time needed: 20 minutes

How to Draw a Braid

  1. Draw the base for the braid.

    Start with a foundation for the braid by sketching a straight, vertical figure. This will serve as a guide, ensuring that the braid will have almost the same width along its entire length, tapering slightly at the bottom.
    Drawing the base for the braid

  2. Draw the strands of hair on the left side.

    Inside the base rectangle, start drawing a series of left-leaning diagonal lines from the top left towards the bottom. These lines form the left segments of the braid, each representing a strand that will be woven across the braid.
    Detailing the left side of the braid

  3. Add the strands of hair on the right.

    Mirror the Step 2 by adding right-leaning diagonal lines from the top right towards the bottom, intersecting with the lines from the Step 2. The intersection of these lines with those from the previous step starts to form the characteristic overlapping look of a braid, providing a clear path for subsequent detailing.
    Detaining the right side of the braid

  4. Draw the hair tie.

    At the bottom of the braid, where the strands come together, draw the hair tie. This secures the braid in your drawing and adds a realistic touch to the depiction. Inside the elastic’s outline, draw a series of horizontal lines to add texture to this detail.
    drawing the hair tie

  5. Draw the rest of the hair.

    Beyond the hair tie, extend a small section of the braid to form the tip. This portion should taper slightly and include small, loose strands to represent the tail end of the braid. To make this part of the braid drawing even more realistic, add the texture of the hair based on the contours of this part of the artwork.
    Drawing the end of the braid

  6. Erase the auxiliary lines.

    Carefully erase the initial guidelines – the central rectangle and any excess lines that no longer contribute to the final drawing. This step cleans up your artwork, making the braid stand out without the distraction of preliminary sketches.
    Finished braid drawing

  7. Color the drawing.

    Add color to your braid, choosing shades that reflect the hair color you want to depict. Use a base color for the entire braid. The hair tie should also be colored, possibly with a contrasting color to make it distinct. You can apply lighter and darker tones to create depth, highlighting the overlap and underlap of the strands.
    how to draw a braid for kids

Additional Content

Don’t forget to download the free PDF file. This is a short version of the braid drawing tutorial. PDF files of drawing lessons provide the opportunity to learn and develop creatively in a convenient and accessible format.

My Recommendations for Improving Results

Adding more detail to your braid design can give it more realism and make it interesting to highlight the uniqueness of the hairstyle and texture. Here are some ideas on how you can expand the detail of the braid design:

  1. Pay more attention to gradations of shadows and light. Notice how the light hits the hair and creates reflections and color transitions. Use a pencil or marker in varying thicknesses to add extra strokes and detail to add volume and depth to the hair.
  2. Work on the details of the hair in the braid itself. Add thin strands of hair that fall out of the main braid and create an impression of spontaneity and naturalness. They can be twisted, curled or simply fall out freely.
  3. Consider hair texture and patterns. Different hair types have their own texture – some can be smooth and straight, while others can be curled and curly. Try to recreate these effects by adding additional strokes and outlines.
  4. Decorate the braid with various elements. Add floral designs, ribbons, or clips to add a unique and original twist to your braid design. You can use a variety of drawing techniques to create these elements, from fine lines to more detailed.

Adding more detail to the braid design will help give it more expression.


I hope this braid drawing tutorial has inspired you to experience the joy of creativity and explore new horizons in your art. Keep drawing, experimenting and enjoying the beauty of art!

Don’t be afraid to experiment and add your own creative elements to the braid design. Each braid is unique, just like each artist. Use a variety of techniques, tools, and materials to create unique effects and develop your own style.

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