Hollywood has proven that braids are a hair trend that lasts all year long, but the red carpet has been sending us a message: crown braids are in for Summer! In the last month alone, we have spotted a handful of ladies rocking this plaited up 'do. Jessica Stam (above) split her braids down the middle for a halo effect that is fresh and fun, but some other celebrities are taking a more traditional approach. Are you going to take this style out for a spin this season?
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To get the look at home, start with Kevin.Murphy Easy.Rider Anti-Frizz Crème ($35.95) on damp hair and blow dry. Then, use a curling iron on random sections to add more texture. Get the complete tutorial when you keep reading.
Rachel Zoe sent her models on safari for her Spring 2014 show, and they had hair to match. Lead hairstylist Antonio Corral Calero wanted to create a style that was heavy on texture but still pretty. An oversize braid with smaller plaits woven into it fit the bill. Calero added loads of texture to make it seem like the hair was full of wind and sand, as if the girls had been hiking through the desert all day. He broke down the braid and gave us tips on how to achieve this incredible style at home. Watch the video, then check out our gallery of the full beauty look to nab some serious inspiration.
Arriving at the Hotel de Montmorency for the Zuhair Murad Paris Haute Couture show yesterday, Kristen Stewart paired her black lace pants and bodysuit with a grungy side braid. Kristen kept the rest of her hair pretty natural, but with a little bit of texture on the ends — all part of her signature undone look. Earlier this week, Kristen sent her braid to the back and showed off her new tattoos at the Chanel show. Do you love her laid-back approach to beauty as much as we do? Click through to see her side braid and let us know what you think.
Cara Delevingne hit the streets of London overnight with not one, but three braids. She's got hair to envy, and we're always impressed with her daring style and light-hearted attitude towards stardom. Out and about to host at Club DKNY for DKNY Art Works, Cara was joined by her pretty pals Rita Ora and Joan Smalls. Click through to see her triple braid from all angles.
Jennifer Aniston switched things up with a tightly woven side braid at Saturday's Guys Choice Awards in LA. While the Spike TV event may celebrate men, the females in attendance — including Jennifer, Jessica Alba, and Amy Adams — had their moments to shine, too. Their coifs were pretty, polished, and low-key: perfect for beating the heat in style. Get a closer look at the stars' hair and makeup looks up close now.
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?