Milkmaid braids were all the rage last year, but we haven't been seeing much of the classic style in recent days. It does seem, though, that celebrities are opting to turn the trend on its head and give it a new breath of life. Nina Dobrev used her milkmaid-inspired plait as a sweet accent to her pretty blow out, for instance, while Kourtney Kardashian opted to twist instead of braid. And Julianne Hough parted her hair off-centre, braiding her strands down her head instead of over it. Who do you think makes the best case for a new take on the milkmaid braid?
If the typical ballerina top knot is a little too ordinary for your taste, why not do like Clémence Poésy? The actress arrived at the Chanel Haute Couture show yesterday sporting a bun that was high on texture. Sweeping her strands up high off her neck, Clémence punched up the typical twist by adding an unexpected element to her hair: mini braids that peeked out along her scalp.
To achieve the look, spritz down your fingertips with hair spray and sweep your hair back off your face. Add a few loose braids along your scalp before finger-brushing your hair into a ponytail and securing it with an elastic. Working in half-inch sections, coil your hair around the base of your ponytail and secure with hairpins until all of the hair in the ponytail is pinned up. Finish with another mist of hair spray and a punchy pink lip, like Estée Lauder Pure Color Lipstick in Magnetic Magenta ($45).
Braids will always be bountiful in the world of beauty, but lately it seems that celebrities are taking to a new kind of plait: the conjoined braid. This twisted style starts as a French braid that frames your face before cascading into a long tail. Celebrities like Jennifer Hudson and Rita Ora have been spotted sporting the style, and Lucy Liu added a formal flair to her braid when she walked it down the red carpet at the Golden Globes. A new twist can add some life to an otherwise played-out style, but will you be taking the conjoined braid out for a spin?
Braided hairstyles have had a huge moment in the celebrity hair department in 2012. We'll never forget Blake Lively's side, fishtail braid for a Savages premiere, and what Scarlett Johansson's cute Avengers milkmaid braid? So perfectly dishevelled. Other special braid mentions go to Lea Michele for her thick, messy side braid and Nina Dobrev's simple halo braid. Ready to zoom in on over 30? See you in there.
Did Scarlett Johansson shave part of her head over the weekend? Oh no, that is just a faux undercut with the help of braids (phew!). The actress hit the Hitchcock premiere in a Rodarte mini-dress and side-swept waves. We've seen similar undercut styles on the runway at Tracy Reese and on the red carpet from Rihanna. But to create the illusion of shaved sides at home, you can take a similar approach by creating two or three diagonal braids from ear to crown.
Make sure to cover your hands with hair spray or pomade to get a tight grip. To get that faux undercut look, pin the rest of the hair on the side with bobby pins. Then, wrap your hair around a one-inch barrel iron for voluminous waves. Finish the rock star look off with a vampy lip colour like Clarins Joli Rouge Moisturising Lipstick in Rose Berry ($37.80).
With her seriously spunky hairstyle, peachy cheeks, and oxblood lips, Julianne Hough hit a beauty home run at Elle's Women in Hollywood Celebration last night. Matte, peachy eye shadow and blush were the perfect complements to her intensely pigmented crimson lipstick. But the real masterpiece was her elaborate twisted up 'do, proving that blunt-cut ladies can still sport an elaborate braid.
To re-create the stylish coiffure, start by weaving a loose, tousled plait beginning at the center of your forehead working backwards. After tying it off, tease the crown, slick the sides, and pin the back into a makeshift bun. The result is a mussy but glamorous up 'do that showcases your braid. Top off with bold, bright makeup à la Julianne, and you have an angelic beauty ensemble.
ASOS launched a special Australian seasonal collection last night with a professional runway show. We went backstage to find out the beauty looks for the parade — bright lips a go-go! — and it was the usual model madness and high octane fashion atmosphere. Such fun! Fab has the backstage fashion angle covered (she's so efficient), so click through to see Redken hair director Jon Pulitano hard at work, as well as some cutie models having lots of pre-show fun.
Jessica Alba showed off a Rapunzel-like side ponytail over the weekend at the Environmental Media Awards, but it wasn't just the length that had people buzzing. Her sleek side part gave way to an intricate French braid that wrapped into the ponytail. Jessica's style is easy to pull off at home, especially with second-day hair. Here's how to do it.
- Start by parting your hair down the middle. Pin the hair above your part to the side.
- French braid the lower section of hair around the back of your head until you reach the opposite side. Pin it with bobby pins that are a similar colour to your hair hue, like Jessica did.
- Let down the top section of your hair. Gather it to the side so that your French braid is exposed.
- Take a thick section of hair from the bottom of the loose section and wrap it around the rest of the hair, securing it with bobby pins.
- Finish with a hefty dose of hair spray to keep your plait in place.
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