Braids and updos don't have to be mutually exclusive ideas in the world of hair. Pretty plaits have a place alongside chignons, while box braids can look edgy mixed into an over-the-top bun. Or just take a nod from Kelly Osbourne (above), and braid a ponytail before twisting it into a bun. Talk about a perfect marriage! We've rounded up four more styles that are even sweeter when you add a braid (or many). For instant inspiration, just keep scrolling!
At last night's L'Oréal Paris Women of Worth event, Lea Michele wore her hair in a long textured plait that reminded us of our schoolyard days, but we doubt Lea's mom did this french braid before she hit the red carpet. The twisted style appears sleek from the front yet has a more bohemian vibe from the side, with Lea's ombré hair color giving the braid a two-toned feel. She kept her makeup subtle with bronze hues on the cheeks and a neutral pink lip. See her beautiful braid from more angles below!
From the Front
From the Side
From the Back
When it's time to see your friends and family this Thanksgiving, trade in your usual style for this easy-to-DIY braided style. Whether your hair is long or short, a headband braid is a fun and easy way to keep your hair out of your face but still show off your waves. We headed to DreamDry, where stylist Faith Huffnagle gave us her tips for mastering the simple look.
Some people envy Selena Gomez's chic fashion sense, but we're fans of her penchant for braids — in every style. As she tours the US performing hits from her latest album, she has tried on many different plaits, from the casual side braid to the trendy faux-undercut. One of our favorites is the fishtail she wore before the Late Show With David Letterman, which had a '90s feel (scrunchie included). Check out the different ways Selena has worn her braids this season below.
Half a Headband Braid
See more of Selena's braids after the jump.
Hollywood has proven that braids are a hair trend that lasts all year long, but the red carpet has been sending us a message: crown braids are in for Fall! In the last month alone, we have spotted a handful of ladies rocking this plaited updo. Jessica Stam (above) split her braids down the middle for a halo effect that is fresh and fun, but some other celebrities are taking a more traditional approach. Are you going to take this style out for a spin this season?
See more of our favorite looks when you keep reading!
Braids, plaits, interlaces — whatever you call them, they're gorgeous and always give off a bohemian vibe. A regular braid is a great go-to, but why not kick yourself into high gear with our braid boot camp? Think of it as Braid 101. Learn how to master the fishtail braid (which we've seen Selena Gomez wearing a lot lately), the dutch braid — sister to the french braid — and the four-strand braid.
Before long, you'll have these down pat and will be ready to move on to the braid big leagues: waterfall braids, upside-down topknot braids — the options are endless.
Feel yourself quickly falling into a hair rut this Fall? Don't beat yourself up . . . get yourself motivated! We've got this whimsical and beautiful braided bun tutorial, straight from Mario Russo of Salon Mario Russo in Boston, and it's perfect for the holidays.
1. Blow-dry your wet hair until it's completely smooth using a boar-bristle brush and a few spritzes of Bumble and Bumble Thickening Hairspray ($28) for added volume.
2. Give yourself a slight side part, and then start your french braid. It should start on the side with less hair and continue around your head until you reach the point right below your ear on the other side. Tie the end off with a clear elastic.
See the rest of the tutorial when you keep reading.
Braids may seem like a style reserved for the warmer months, but Fall and Winter are prime times to get your plait on. And there are plenty of celebrities to pull inspiration from. Whether they're pairing milkmaid braids with a red carpet gown or a side plait with casualwear, the ladies of Hollywood know how to rock a good braid in the cooler months.
For the perfect romantic updo, look no further than Monique Lhuillier's Fall 2014 bridal collection. The gowns coming down the runway were inspired by femininity and romance but with an heirloom quality, which translated to the braided updos the models wore. "We wanted the girls to look like themselves, wearing updos with a romantic, soft, and whimsical mood," Moroccanoil artistic director Antonio Corral Calero said. "The attention was on the matte texture of the hair and the intricate details of each braided bun, parted [to the] side or center, with minimal volume on top." Get a similar look for your big day or another formal affair with these step-by-step tips!
This sideswept braid is something of a cross between a waterfall braid and the french braid Katniss Everdeen wore in The Hunger Games. Not only is it a chic way to keep hair out of your face, but it also looks elegant on a night out. See step-by-step photos, along with instructions on how you can re-create this side french braid yourself, when you keep reading.