Perfect plaits: the best braids
Our love affair with braid hairstyles continues, fuelled by some super-pretty looks sported by celebrities on the red carpet. A plait or braid hairstyle is our go-to for an easy spring and summer look.
Braid hairstyles often look complicated, but are actually pretty easy to master once you’ve nailed basic plait styles (Youtube is your friend here!). Working a bit of pretty plaiting into your hair can make an up-do really chic, or is a quick way to make any windswept/bedhead look into something manageable.
We’ve picked a few of our favourites below, along with some tips on how to style them yourself. To give us a helping hand (let’s face it, keeping plaits in place can be tricky), we’re loving Lee Stafford PiNK styling products from Boots. Not only is the range great for every hair type, but they smell divine too.
The best braid hairstyles
Try out some of these fab looks for yourself, whatever your style.
Fierce and feisty
You might need to grab a nimble-fingered mate to help you achieve Ciara’s uber-cool crown braid, but we think it’s well worth it. A fierce twist on the princess-crown style.
Loose and pretty
A cute plait strand is a simple way to add some interest to loose hair or a low pony. Start at your parting near your forehead, braid half the length of your hair and pin into place. We always think our hair is easier to style a day after washing, so if your roots need a quick boost before styling, give them a blast with Lee Stafford Dry Shampoo (Boots, £5.99) at the start.
Twist on the high pony
This is a really easy style to imitate and glams-up a high ponytail in minutes. Separate your hair into two sections – tie the top section into a high pony and bottom section into a low pony. Start plaiting from the top section downwards – when you reach the low pony, incorporate the hair into your plait, pinning where the two sections merge, and tying with a band at the end.
A swift braid crown
Ol’ Swifty shows us how to do a casual-messy braid crown – while Olivia Wilde adds some chic by pinning into a neat bun. This style is easy to do by separating your hair into two sections at your parting. If you’re prone to frizz, kick off with a spritz of Lee Stafford Dehumidifier Spray (Boots, £5.99), then french-plait each section towards the base of your neck. Once you’re done plaiting, pin each section around the sides of your head.
Pure plait punk
We can always trust Cara to add a cool twist to any cute style. Here, it’s a simple case of sectioning off an underside section of hair and doing a tight french braid.
Nothing fishy about this fishtail
A great look for summer, a fishtail plait is surprisingly quick to do once you’ve mastered the under-over style (take a look at Youtube if you need some tips). To help keep your hair secured, give it a good spray of the genius Messed Up Spray Wax from Lee Stafford, which makes hair really easy to style but isn’t sticky or claggy (Boots, £5.99).
So there you have it – some easy braid hairstyles to try out as we head into the summer months.
What’s your favourite plait style for easy summer look? Share with us @tweetjanes.