4 new braided hairstyles to try this weekend
The windswept side braid
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.
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,
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.
Bumble & bumble Let it Shine (on and on) Finishing spray, $15, sephora.com