We usually think of tousled braids as the hairstyle of Summer, but there are plenty of ways to translate this hot hair trend for cooler weather, too. From Selena Gomez to Katy Perry, we break down the top three braided looks for Fall. And here's the best part: these looks can work for any occasion (even a formal event).
Selena Gomez was playing favorites with her hairstyles this week. The singer was out and about in New York sporting three different plaits, and each style was much different from the last. While performing in Brooklyn on Wednesday, Selena showed off a delicate braid on her scalp, which went gorgeously with her waves. On Thursday, she wore two different braids. She channeled Janet Jackson with a scrunchie and high ponytail on her way to the Late Show With David Letterman but was also seen sporting a loose, boho side braid earlier that day. All three are completely different, but which do you like best?
Last night at the Los Angeles premiere of Carrie, lead actress Chloë Moretz gave the popular braided undercut style a bohemian remix. At first glance, this hairstyle just looks like your typical tousled side braid. However, from the back, multiple braids were revealed. "We were inspired by the beautiful Valentino dress to create a loose romantic, braid," said her hairstylist Gregory Russell.
To get the look at home, start with Kevin Murphy Easy Rider Anti-Frizz Crème ($33) on damp hair and blow dry. Then, use a curling iron on random sections to add more texture. Get the complete tutorial when you keep reading.
Braids have been a runway and red carpet staple for years, so it's no surprise they were spotted all over the Spring 2014 New York Fashion Week runways. But what is surprising is how hairstylists, working feverishly backstage, continually find the most creative ways to update the trend. Though you can choose to keep it clean and classic, à la Costello Tagliapietra's braided ponytail, don't be afraid to embrace accessories in your plaits. Everything from feathers to Mara Hoffman's colorful strips of fabric tied their way into braids, too. Whether twisted, turned, or teased, Spring 2014's braids are anything but those rocked by Dorothy.
Braids are the hairstyle of Summer, but just because you've traded in your sundress for jeans and a light sweater doesn't mean you have to ditch your plaited hairstyles, too. The Fall 2013 runways were full of braids fit for cooler weather. So as you're buying ankle booties and swapping in some new Fall makeup, why not peruse some of these designer-approved plaits to try out next season?
Alice + OliviaA crown of braids is just as in for Fall as it is for Summer. Hairstylist Antonio Corral Calero created the look with a middle part and two pigtail braids behind the ears. He then crossed the textured plaits over the top of the head and secured with pins for a hairstyle that only seems complicated.
Christian SirianoAveda global creative director Antoinette Beenders developed the stunning fishtail braid look that came down the Christian Siriano runway. Two sleek pigtails were braided and then folded over the back of the head with the ends tucked under.
For more gorgeous braids to try for Fall, just keep reading.
You've tried it again and again, but your braids never come out quite right. Allure has styling solutions to help you pull off your favorite braided looks even if you're all thumbs.
Ever wondered why you can't French braid your own hair? Or why your version of a bulky fishtail looks more like a sad, skimpy minnow? We talked to James Pecis, a hairstylist known for his intricate weaving techniques, for help acing our braids.
Lose the mirror. "It's very confusing to try to follow what you see in the mirror, which is an inverse of what you're doing," says Pecis. Go by feeling instead. Yes, your braid might turn out a little less precise than you'd anticipated, but that messiness is what makes it sexy and cool.
Gain weight. If you want a thicker, lusher braid, resist the urge to pull it apart. "That loosens short, spiky layers," says Pecis. Instead, gently massage it with your thumbs and forefingers until it's big and bulky. And, if your hair is really fine, prep strands with dry shampoo first for fullness.
Find out more professional tricks to getting the braids you always wanted when you keep reading.
Vanessa Hudgens recently showed off a new, ombré style, but last night she twisted it up in a new way. The actress opted for a messy, oversize braid that seriously showed off her two-toned hair. With her blond locks nestled directly above her chocolate strands, the color difference was quite apparent. Do you like this severe two-toned look, or would you rather let it slide?
Braided hairstyles are a Summer essential for a handful of reasons; they keep your hair off your face, they transition flawlessly from the beach to the dinner table, and they're incredibly beautiful. But not every plait you pull off needs to be the typical braid we've seen a million times. Need some ideas? Click through to see some gorgeous celebrity braid inspiration.
You've chosen the outfit, purchased the school supplies, and readied the backpack. Now what to do with the hair?! We turned to mom of six, blogger, and hair expert Mindy of Cute Girl Hairstyles, who shared five amazing braids with us (you'll find complete instructions, including videos, on her site). Some are supersimple, while others take a bit more skill, but all are sure to turn heads — while making your daughter's hair more beautiful — at school.
Source: Cute Girl Hairstyles