The Braid Brigade

Braids have made a serious statement on the runway this season. No matter what type it was – waterfall, braided chignons, milkmaid, a classic French or a messy deconstructed side plait – braids are a force to be reckoned with this Fall.

Having been both a runway and red carpet staple for years, it’s no wonder they were spotted all over the Fall 2014 runways. However what is surprising is how hairstylists continually whip up creative reinventions of this long standing trend proving its’ incredible versatility and proving why this long standing trend ceases to lose its’ popularity.

One of our favorites for this season is the fishtail braid, which not only looks amazing but it protects strands against harsh winds and is so much more interesting than your basic ponytail, and although they look intricate, they are surprisingly easy to do – here’s how:

1. Remember, this braid isn’t a French braid, meaning it shouldn’t start at the top of your head. Instead, it’s best to begin braiding just above the ear. Prep hair by brushing from root to end and if you have dry or frizzy hair, sparingly apply a serum such as the Alterna Bamboo Smooth Kendi Oil Pure Treatment Oil.

2. Split your hair into two even sections either on the side or at the back of your head depending on where you want the braid to sit.

3. Take a thin strand of hair from the outside of the right section crossing it over to join the underneath of the left section so you are holding it in the other hand. Repeat this the other way.

4. Continue this process down the length of the hair, keeping the fishtail plait as tight as you can. Once you reach the end secure the plait with an elastic band like the Sephora Collection’s Luxe Camouflage Hair Ties which is a set of eight ribbon hair ties in beautiful fall colors.

5. If you like a free and messy braid, gently use your fingers to loosen the strands and add texture. To finish, spray with hairspray – I’m a big fan of Bumble and Bumble’s Does It All Styling Spray for a strong yet flexible hold.

About the Author

Having started her career in New Zealand as a fashion and beauty assistant, she then moved on to edit the online beauty magazine, BeautyBible. Since then she has created her own blog, The Refined Edit. Now based in the United Kingdom she has contributed to countless print and online publications including Style.com/Arabia. Follow her musing on Twitter and Instagram @gracieastewart.