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The term “braid” covers a lot of ground—from tough cornrows to romantic waterfalls. You’ve probably heard of fishtails, milkmaids, and four-strands, but you may not be clear on what each technique looks like. But fear not, with a little knowledge you’ll be wearing looks Daenerys Targaryen would envy in no time. Click the style notes for a glossary of all the basic braid types with accompanying photos. –– Laura Martin

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Special thanks to Laura Martin for this post. Laura is a professional hair stylist, former senior educator at ARROJO cosmetology school, and a creative non-fiction MFA student at Georgia College, Milledgeville, GA. Follow her inspirations on twitter.

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