Confession: I am obsessed with braids and always have been. If you look at my school pictures from ages 5 through 10, my hair is in some sort of crazy French braided hairstyle, courtesy of my mom’s talented fingers. Yet somehow, I have never learned how to do anything besides a traditional braid on my own hair. But after putting together this slideshow of nine mostly easy-ish braided hairstyles, I realized how I should be spending my long Thanksgiving weekend — practicing! Click on through to check out the different braids and how to do them.