Braids have been a staple in summer beauty for as long as I can remember, but it seems that over the past few years, the stylized braid has reached new heights of trendiness. From fishtails, to twisted headbands and everything in between, there’s an intricate braided hairstyle to fit your every mood. What better a focus for a Beauty Moment, no? If you’re looking for a super simple, summer-appropriate way to change up your daily look, braid it up! Here are three of my favorite braided ‘dos of the moment!
The Balmain Braid
Virtually every little girl has rocked a classic rope braid or two at least once in her life. And with good reason! This “basic” rope braid results in a look that’s both fashionable and functional. It’s a go-to for beach babes, a quick fix for bad hair days, and a sporty girl staple for keeping hair out of the eyes. As you have probably guessed from the photo above, the rope braid is runway friendly, too! Beauty director Sam McKnight created the classic braided hairstyle above for Balmain’s Paris S/S 13 shows. Love!
Blink and you’ll miss it! Bohemian and undercover, the addition of a covert braid or two is a look that’s loved by celebrities and real girls alike. Super-sneaky braids keep hair from looking too perfectly “done” while also adding a stylish dose of interest and intrigue to otherwise non-notable hair. If you’re a laidback, hair-down kind of girl, you’ll love the sneaky braid–it gives you most of the mileage of trendy braids without pulling your hair back or sweeping your tresses away from your face. The result is a bit mysterious, a bit bohemian, and a bit mermaid–AKA totally stylish.
Cute and casual? I’m always in! Cheryl Cole rocked this “exceptionally loose” braid at Cannes, and managed to look both polished and a bit disheveled–embodying the ultimate, often coveted, “effortlessly stylish” vibe. Confession time: I don’t actually know how to legitimately braid my hair. I try! I can make some cute little twisty things that semi-resemble traditional braids! But when it comes down to actually doing it right, I’m basically hopeless. All of my “real” braids turn out looking exactly like this, though, so maybe there’s hope!
…Can’t get enough? Check out these links for further hairspiration! Braid Inspiration: “Braid Mania” Pinterest board, Glamour Magazine & “Braid OBSESSION” Pinterest board, Samantha Stapley. Happy twisting!
Are you a braid believer? Which of these looks suit your style? Do you have any go-to braided looks to share? Leave a comment and let us know!
Liza, Editorial Director