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4 new braided hairstyles to try this weekend


 
Let’s face it: when it comes to braiding, the possibilities are endless. This is one trend that only ever inspires creativity – which is probably why it never seems to disappear. From elegant updos to more casual looks, braided hairstyles continue to make the rounds on both the red carpet and the streets of town. Check out how the celebs have been rocking this timeless technique recently, and get ready to pick up some tips on how to make these styles your own.
 

The windswept side braid

Sweet and simple, Whitney Port’s artfully messy braid adds a relaxed air to her otherwise formal gown.
 

 

How-to: Coat hair lightly with texturizing spray. Part hair on the side, braid hair normally, then gently pull at a few of the pieces in the finished plait to leave it feeling loose. Tie off the end with a pretty ribbon elastic for a fun take on this look.

 

 

 

14 Piece Ribbon Elastic Peacock Collection, $13, etsy.com

 

The tiara braid 

You’ll feel just like a princess with this elegant ’do! Take a page from Taylor Swift’s book and bobby pin a bitty braid into a crown. With a few wisps left framing the face, this romantic look is consistently flattering.

 

 
Tip: This look usually works best with long-to-medium length hair. Create a center part; then, pulling out a 2-inch section, begin a small braid at ear level. Wind the braid over your head and secure everything with a couple bobby pins. Pull back the rest of your hair into a low bun and secure with more bobbies. A few spritzes of hairspray probably wouldn’t hurt, either.
 

Nexxus Comb Thru Natural Hold Design and Finishing Mist, $11, ulta.com

 

The herringbone crown

Regular braided crowns not difficult enough for you? Try your hand at Diana Agron’s delightfully intricate-looking fishtail ‘do. This sophisticated style is sure to add an air of elegance to any outfit. Use natural-colored bobby pins to secure everything, and this look will come across as seamless.

 

Tip: Separate out about a three-inch band of hair along your hairline. Starting from one ear, fishtail-braid this section of your hair, then fasten it in place by your other ear with a bobby pin. Scoop everything else up in to a simple, low chignon or leave it loose for a more relaxed vibe.

 

Solid Colored Bobby Pins, $4, ulta.com

 

The braid knot

Amanda Seyfried’s little topknot may not be the flashiest braided look out there, but it gives her simple bun its red-carpet upgrade nonetheless. So the next time you feel like just throwing your hair into a casual bun, try braiding it first to get a fashion-forward look with minimal extra effort.

 

Tip: For the simplified version: Pull your hair into a high pony and secure. Then, braid the ponytail and wrap into a twisted bun. Use bobby pins and plenty of hairspray to hold everything in place.
 

Bumble & bumble Let it Shine (on and on) Finishing spray, $15, sephora.com

 

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