The french rope braid. Much easier then a french braid, but still looks complicated.
I don't know the proper name for this, but I call it a two strand twist headband. It is like a french rope braid where you twist as you go. This makes a more substantial "braid" then a traditional french braid. Substantial is good if you have thin hair. :) This style works on chin length hair and possibly shorter. Another beautiful preview pic of me. *sigh*
Twisting hair can be a good way to get the layered sides to stay in an updo. Start watching at 1:15 for the style and at 5:30 to see twisting the sides.
French fishtail. I'd say this is more difficult then a rope braid, but easier then a French braid. It takes more time to do then a french braid.
The waterfall twist for long hair or long layers. This is sort of a cheater version of the waterfall twist (or you can do this for a cheater waterfall braid). It won't work on short layers.
The following braids are all equal to or harder then a french braid (to me). The first two knot braids however are a little easier then a french braid.
Waterfall Braid. I can do this on someone else's hair, but get confused doing this on my own hair. Advanced level braiding.
The Knot Braid Updo was a little easier french braiding. The second video is the same as the first in this group, the "braid" just starts higher on the head. The second video has clearer directions. You must cross the hair with the correct strand on top, pull the correct strand through, and twist the strands the right way for each side. The last version is easier then the first two. I still have to concentrate to make sure I keep knotting in the same direction.
"Braiding" starts 1 minute into this video.
This is another version, the Knotted Headband. I kept getting confused on this one. This is more difficult then the two above. Mine did not look nice and neat like the one in the video. :(