So where do you start? Well, when it comes to braiding hair first consider what kind of hair you have, and what your goal is for your braid. Thick hair is easier to manipulate when you style a braid. Thin hair may need a little help to bulk up strands so the braid stays put and looks full. As Allure Magazine reports, hairstylist James Pecis explains that if you want a “thicker, lusher braid, resist the urge to pull it apart; that loosens short, spiky layers.” You can also prep strands with dry shampoo first for fullness. Here are 5 gorgeous braided hairstyles to try this summer, and a few tricks of the trade to help to help you nail the look.