The prettiest and most versatile hairstyle of this season!
Whether shiny and sleek, small and intricate, or thick and slightly disheveled, braids always find their way onto fashion runways, and the Fall/Winter 2017-18 catwalks were no different. This season we saw cornrows, messy fishtails, sleek braided ponies, girlish pigtails, and sweet braided halos at Balmain, Valentino, Fenty, H&M Studios, Maison Margiela, and tons of other shows. Braids were so hot this year, we even spotted them on the editors, bloggers, and street style stars who were attending all those fashion shows.
Jill Stuart Fall/Winter 2017-18, Alice + Olivia Fall/Winter 2017-18, Balmain Fall/Winter 2017-18
The style is also popular in the entertainment world. There hasn’t been a red carpet yet that didn’t have at least one celeb donning some fabulous braided hairstyle (and there hasn’t been a celebrity who hasn’t tried a braided style at least once). This season, we’ve seen Olivia Palermo, Munn, and Culpo all rocking braids, as well as models Cara Delevingne and Bella Hadid. And let’s not forget stars like Zendaya, Solange, Zoe Kravitz, and Beyonce, who have all kept braided styles in their ever-changing hair repertoires.
Queen Bey’s golden cornrows, Chrissy Teigen’s braided crown, Olivia Palermo rocks tiny French braids along her hairline
Want to try the trend? There are tons of different styles of braids, from cornrows and crowns to French braids and fishtails, and since there’s a YouTube tutorial for everything, we recommend trying them all. And there’s a braid for every occasion–braid up a high ponytail for school, rock a low fishtail for a Friday night date or Sunday brunch, or cornrow your hair into a bun to give a classic updo a little edge. Use a pomade or hair balm for sleek and shiny, frizz-free braids and cornrows, or spritz hair with a texturizing spray for messy plaits and fishtails, like we saw at the Alberta Ferretti and Christian Siriano shows. Also, skip the squeaky clean hair and use a dry shampoo–this will help give your hair a bit more volume. Whether your hair is wet or dry, curly or straight, make sure to brush it out thoroughly before you start braiding to prevent damaging tangles and knots. And of course, finish with a holding spray to keep your braid in place.
Hair Balm, carolsdaughter.com; 3-in-1 Finishing Spray, sephora.com; Wet/Dry Detangler Brush, sallybeauty.com