It's a look that's been going strong for a little over a year now, but in just this past month or so alone, several stars have been spotted sporting the ever-popular side braid. But as the seasons have changed, so has the style. So first, find out the basics behind the structure of the style by watching our video, and then, straight up get creative with these five different interpretations of the trendy do.
When A-listers like Victoria Beckham and Eva Longoria get their hair done, they head to the celebrity stylist to the stars, Ken Paves. And now you, too, could get styled by Ken himself! All you have to do is like BellaSugar on Facebook and post your biggest hair challenge on our wall. One lucky winner will receive an on an all-expenses-paid getaway to Los Angeles a complete hair consultation and styling with Ken, a full makeover, and two luxurious nights at the Montage Beverly Hills hotel. Ken and the winner will also be featured in an upcoming BellaSugarTV show! (complete rules here).
Watch our video to see Ken demonstrate a fun update on a classic ponytail, as seen on stars like Nelly Furtado and Jennifer Lopez, and learn more about the giveaway. Enter soon, because the contest ends Monday, Nov. 15. Good luck!
Even though braids are a classic style, there's always a new way to wear them. At a TCA party over the weekend, Jaime King sported this multibraided updo. It was sleek and polished in the front, but tousled and textured with plaits in the back. Get tips on how to style it yourself, along with more pictures, when you read more.
Alicia's having a big day: she just announced that she's pregnant and engaged to her boyfriend, Swizz Beatz. Last night at the Black Ball, she decided to match her good news with some equally great hair by rocking this gorgeous fishtail-braided updo. Pompadour hairstyles are definitely trending on the red carpet right now, and Alicia's retro take on the look is one of my favorites so far. So to find out how she got the style, just keep reading.
Christina Applegate at the 2010 SAG Awards. He breaks down all the steps to this intricate hairstyle and tells us how to incorporate the finishing touch: a diamond hair accessory!
If you've ever seen a fraying rope, I'm betting you can guess how to recreate this braid. Made of three strands twisted and twisted again, it's a fun summertime hairstyle. Learn how to copy it on your head in this slideshow. Although it works best on very long hair of all one length, see it on shorter hair when you get started.
Sometimes called the herringbone, a fishtail braid is yet another twist on the traditional plait. I think this style is easier to learn on someone else's hair — and better to explain with pictures than tell with words alone — so get a friend and get started with this step-by-step slide show.
Who else would have a bird feather in her hair but PetSugar? She was so inspired by Nicole Richie's earthy double braids that she set out with some bobby pins and rubber bands to create her own.
Worried that she didn't have enough hair to properly recreate the original look, she tweaked it and made it work. Get her modified version for shorter, layered hair when you read more