Attention, ponytails and ballerina buns, you’ve got some competition! Braids are back and bigger than ever.
Last season many of the coolest designers channelled the laid-back, romantic vibe by sending perfectly-undone braided styles down the runway. And celebrities like Diane Kruger, Olivia Palermo and Kate Bosworth followed suit.
On a practical note, braids are the best style for long or even longish hair when exercising. Pony tails swish around and get heavy, and stray strands can still fall out of classic buns too. So whether you’re hitting a spin class, practising your downward dog or heading out for a hot date, we promise this feminine go-to hair look is easier to do than you might think.
TIP: Stop stressing about getting your plait perfect. For a fresh and modern look straight from the runways, you actually want your braid to look effortless. So don’t spend too much time worrying about imperfections.
1. Dry Shampoo
Spray it on before braiding to absorb oil and create a gritty texture. As a bonus, dry shampoo will help keep freshen your locks if you’ve just finished a sweaty workout.
Try → Charles Worthington Style Setter Dry Shampoo, $12.79
2. Texturising Spray
A texturising spray is a must have for creating volume and nailing the effortless, nonchalant, I-barely-have-to-try look.
Try → Bumble and Bumble Surf Spray, $35
3. High Shine Hairspray
Keep your hair in place and banish stubborn flyaways with a spritz of strong hold hairspray.
Try → Moroccanoil Luminous Hairspray Strong Hold Finish, $34.95
4. Mini Hair Elastics
Full-size, coloured hair elastics can often overwhelm the tail of a braid (and conjure visions of primary school plaits) so opt for a more subtle mini version.
Try → Woolworths Select Hair Elastics Poly Band Clear, $4.29
5. Bobby Pins
No braid is complete without some bobby pins to secure stray hairs. Because sometimes the magic’s in what you can’t see.