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There’s nothing quite like a braided hairstyle to completely tie a look together. Whether you’re already all dolled up or are walking through your day in jeans and a plain white tee, a braided hairstyle is the perfect finishing touch to give your overall appearance a naturally gorgeous air. From the way they show off the different tones in your hair color, to the way they can easily help you fake added thickness, braids are not only beautiful—they’re versatile, too! Since braids absolutely deserve a place in your hair repertoire, below we share five beautiful takes on the style for spring. Wear them to work, happy hour, dinner, formal events, or your favorite yoga class—regardless, you’re sure to turn a few heads!
At this point, it’s pretty clear that messy buns will basically never go out of fashion. From the way they get hair out of your face, to the way they look perfectly imperfect, messy buns are a simple way to run out the door when you’re in a rush. If you’re worried your go-to bun is a little too laidback for work, simply check out our tutorial below to give yours a little extra flair that pairs perfectly with everything from sweats to pencil skirts.
What you’ll need:
L’Oréal Paris Advanced Hairstyle AIR DRY IT Undone Style Cream
Get the look by following these simple steps:
Step 1: Add styling cream to damp hair. To give your hair a bit more texture and undone allure, add a dime-sized amount of the L’Oréal Paris Advanced Hairstyle AIR DRY IT Undone Style Cream to towel-dried hair.
Step 2: Pull your hair into a ponytail. Skip the brush so that you can maintain the natural air-dried texture of your ‘do and use your hands to tie your hair into a high ponytail.
Step 3: Create a fishtail braid. Using about a third of your ponytail, weave a fishtail braid.
Step 4: Create your bun. Pile your unbraided hair around itself into a messy bun. Then, wrap the fishtail braid around the base of your bun to hide the hair tie and add a gorgeous accent to your messy look.
Step 5: Pull out face framing strands. Purposefully messy hairstyles look most whimsical when paired with a couple face framing strands. We’re particular fond of curly wisps tugged out around your temple. Simply gorgeous, darling!
If your favorite celebrity can pull it off, so can you! You just have to know how to! Ahead, we show you the step-by-step process to achieve the red carpet-ready look.
L’Oréal Paris Advanced Hairstyle LOCK IT Extreme Style Gel
L’Oréal Paris Advanced Hairstyle LOCK IT Weather Control Hairspray
Wide tooth comb
Step 1: Add gel to damp hair. After you hop out of the shower, apply a dollop of the L’Oréal Paris Advanced Hairstyle LOCK IT Extreme Style Gel to your hair. Use a wide tooth comb to evenly distribute it from roots to ends. Then add another dollop to the top of your head for extra sleek shine.
Step 2: Pull hair into a high ponytail. Using your comb, pull all your hair up into a super-smooth pony. Spray the top of your hair with the L’Oréal Paris Advanced Hairstyle LOCK IT Weather Control Hairspray while you’re smoothing your hair back, before putting your hair tie in.
Step 3: Braid your pony. Using three strands, traditionally braid your ponytail to the ends.
Step 4: Create your top knot. Fold your braid in half and wrap the end around the base to conceal your hair tie before pinning it in place. The unbraided ends of your pony will add an undone touch to your look.
Step 5: Seal your look. Give your new ‘do a final spritz of hairspray and you’re all set to strut your stuff.
Love pigtails but looking for an update to feel a little more age appropriate? We’ve got you covered with this gorgeous wrapped duo. Follow along!
L’Oréal Paris Hair Expert Extraordinary Clay Dry Shampoo
Rat tail comb
Step 1: Start with day-old hair. This braided hairstyle looks particularly gorgeous with a textured, second day ‘do. Just give your strands a spritz of the L’Oréal Paris Hair Expert Extraordinary Clay Dry Shampoo before moving on to the next step.
Step 2: Part your hair. Using a rat tail comb, split your hair down the middle with a center part.
Step 3: Create your braids. When weaving your Dutch braids, instead of working overhand, opt for an underhand approach. What’s more, instead of weaving out towards the sides, keep your plait centered down the back of your head for a more mature, totally gorgeous look.
Step 4: Pause at the nape of your neck. Once you reach the bottom of your head, tie your braids off with clear elastics. Take a small section of hair from each ponytail and wrap it around the elastic.
Step 5: Braid to the ends. After you’ve concealed your elastics, continue braiding your pigtails all the way to the ends and tie off with clear mini elastics. Wrap a few strands around your elastics to conceal those as well.
Step 6: Add volume to your braid. Starting at your ends, gently tug at your braid to make it a bit thicker. Voila! Picture perfect pigtails that are perfect for adulthood!
If you’re obsessed with casually pulling your hair into a low side pony but are in the market for an updated hairstyle, look no further than this gorgeous ‘do. With just a few extra steps you’ll be able to transform your laidback look from ehhh to yesssss!
Step 1: Create a side part. Use a rat tail comb or your fingers to create a deep side part.
Step 2: Clip away the large side of your part. Using a lobster clip, keep your larger section of hair out of the way.
Step 3: French braid the unclipped side. Starting at your hairline on the side of your head, weave a French braid back towards the other side of your head so that once you reach the nape of your neck, the remaining strands will be on your opposite shoulder.
Step 4: Tie your ponytail off. Using a natural colored hair tie, secure your braid with the rest of your hair for a perked-up side pony.
Step 5: Conceal your hair tie. Tease a small section of hair from your ponytail and tie it around your hair tie just a touch more flair. Talk about an upgrade!
Festival season is upon us, which means there’s no better time to experiment with fun, funky looks that we might not be bold enough to wear on the average day. As soon as you see how pretty these space buns are, though, that might all change!
Step 1: Part your hair. Using a rat tail comb, create a center part from your hairline all the way to the nape of your neck.
Step 2: Clip one section to the side. To keep each side separate, use a lobster clip to hold all of the hair that you’re not working on out of the way.
Step 3: Flip your head over and begin braiding. Since this is all about an upside-down weave, perfecting your plait will be easiest when working—you guessed it—upside down. Starting at the nape of your neck, weave an overhand braid up to your crown. Tie it off into a high ponytail along with the unbraided top section and repeat on the other side.
Step 4: Create your buns. Tease your hair with your rat tail comb by holding each pigtail straight in the air and brushing against the grain down towards your hair tie. Once your pigtails are pretty textured, wrap each around the base of your pigtail and pin in place.
Step 5: Add volume. Using the tail end of your comb, gently tug at your braids, as well as the top sections of hair to create a bit more height for your ‘do.
Step 6: If you’re headed to see your favorite DJ, take our word and add a little sparkle to your part for a unicorn-inspired look! Just add your favorite loose glitter to some gel and brush it along your part for an instant style boost.
We hope you love these five looks as much as we do. Who knows, they might even inspire you to play around with creating other woven styles. Just remember that the trick to a really good braid is to have textured hair to give it grip.