Spring has sprung! So, what does that mean for your hair? Well, besides a new cut and color — which is the best way to totally change up your look — you could try out the hottest new hair trend: braids! There are so many different types of braids out there these days…french, halo, dutch, box, crown, fishtail…not to mention the different ways in which you can wear each of them. In keeping an ever-present eye on what the celebs (as well as what us normal trendy folk) are doing, we present three trendy (and pretty!) braids for spring. Our stylist, Krista, spent a morning trying out a few looks on our model, Andrea. Do up one of these on Easter Sunday morning or for a warm spring Saturday night out.
Perhaps the most demanded braided hairstyle the world over is the classic French braid. It’s classy, easy to do and keeps all hair out of your face. It’s perfect for the beach as well as for a night out on the red carpet (or date with your significant other). Amanda Seyfried uses the french braid to make a glamorous fashion statement here.
The French braid continuously incorporates strands of hair into a three-strand braid. Each time you pass hair over the center strand, you are going to grab more hair and add it in. That’s why you get that patterned appearance in which the hair looks like it’s been pulled from the sides. We think Andrea’s hair looks as fabulous as Amanda’s.
The Crown braid (sometimes also called a halo braid) is a great style that can be dressed up or down. It’s a really simple way to make a big impact. Crown or halo braids are being used in all different ways…the basic concept being that the braid forms a “crown” or “halo” on your head. There are different ways to wear this style. You can form a full crown or half crown (as Taylor did on top and Krista did along the back of Andrea’s head). Beautiful. Simple. Elegant.
Probably one of the biggest hair trends of 2016, this look exploded onto the fashion scene once Kim Kardashian rocked these braids at her husband’s concert. Soon after, she and her daughter, North, double dutched. Aww. This look is achievable with all hair types, is versatile and is the perfect way to hide bad hair days. Krista wanted to see if she could compete with Kim K’s stylist…here’s Andrea looking just as trendy as Kim K.
To achieve the same look, Krista broke it down into six easy steps (or you can come in and have her do it for you!):
1. After towel-drying your hair, apply a leave-in conditioner (we used Shuga’s).
2. Part hair down the center from your crown to nape and secure one section to keep it out of the way.
3. Apply a de-frizzing serum or cream (like Shuga’s Swurl or Stay) to tame fly-aways. Brush to smooth out hair.
4. Begin one side’s braid by taking a small portion of the front of your hair and dividing into three equal parts. If you want your braid to pop out in the Dutch style like Kim’s look, braid underhand, placing sections beneath each other. If the traditional French style is more your thing, braid hair sections over each other all the way down.
5. As in french braiding, as you cross one section over another, grab more hair to include in the braid, continuing down the length until you’re done.
6. Secure the end with an elastic and repeat on the other side.
The Dutch Braid is not only used for pigtails. It can be used to create a headband braid. The headband braid starts at the side of your head above the ear and braids over the top of your head to your other ear. Andrea loved this braid for a special event she had that evening a stone’s throw away in the North End. The braid was the perfect accessory for her outfit, and after trying the different styles, she went with this one. We think any of these looks is the perfect accessory this spring.