In an ideal world, we’d all have a full, unencumbered hour each morning to create magical braided updos with the precision of a trained hairstylist. Or, actually, in an ideal world, we’d just have our own team of hair minions, doing our bidding while we napped.

But this is real life, we’re too poor for minions, and intricate braids are hard. Which is why we’ve scoured the earth for braid ideas that are actually easy—like, do-them-while-you’re-walking easy, or, at the very least, do-them-without-ripping-your-hair-out easy.

Yes, it might take a few tries to perfect your skills, but we promise you these tutorials make the task fully doable. So scroll down and watch ’em all to have your beginner mind blown, and then get your braid on.

1 THE CURLY FISHTAIL BRAID

The messier the fishtail, the better—don’t worry about getting it perfect.

2 THE BRAIDED BANGS

Perfect for that awkward stage with grown-out bangs, or for when you just really want your half off your face.

3 THE HALF-UP CROWN BRAID

Skip the blowout and the triple braids in the middle of this tutorial to make the style even faster.

4 THE SIDE ROPE BRAID

Alright, alright—so this technically says two minutes, but we clocked ours in at under 60 seconds after a few rounds of practice. Which means by next week, you’ll be a pro.

5 THE WATERFALL BRAID

If you can do a regular French braid, you can easily do a waterfall braid.

6 THE CLASSIC DOUBLE-DUTCH BRAID

This article was originally published on Marie Claire US.

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