Below are some photos from a photo shoot I worked on for The 2 Bandits that can help give you a little inspiration and show a few ways to incorporate braids into your style:
Makeup: Elaine Fuji
Hair: Jaclyn Schratz
Model: Malea @ LOOK model agency
It may seem daunting at first to try braiding if you're a beginner, but it's nothing you can't achieve with a little instruction and a bit of practice.
Here is a great instructional video for braiding your bangs that I found on YouTube:
If you've mastered braiding your own hair you may want kick things up a notch try braiding a ribbon colored extension into your hair!Try something like the picture below, taken from Rachel Roy's Fall '11 show, with a look created by Stylist Ted Gibson.
Here is link to Refinery29's "How-To" for the style above: http://www.refinery29.com/the-perfect-summer-braid-we-can-t-wait-to-try#slide-1
I hope this can inspire you to step out of the box and try something new, you will be surprised how many people take notice of your new look.