Summer 2011 Hair Trend: Do-It-Yourself Braids
I abandoned braids as a suitable style after a lengthy sixth grade pigtail phase that earned me the nickname Pippi Longstocking.
Hardly juvenile anymore, pretty plaits appeared on Spring/Summer runways at Erdem, Alexander McQueen and Givenchy, weaving their way on to the list of must-try summer styles.
Backstage Spring 2011: Behnaz Sarafpour, Erdem (via Marie Claire and Glamour)
Spring 2011 Runway: Lela Rose, Georges Chakra (via Primped and Marie Claire)
Red carpet braids, clockwise from top left: Jessica Alba in February at a London awards ceremony; Teresa Palmer at a movie premier in March; Karen Gillan at an awards show last year; and Kirsten Dunst at Cannes (via Celebuzz and Glamour)
Always wanted to master a fishtail braid with (count ‘em!) just two hands? Or wear a French braid without looking like you’re making a guest appearance on Big Love? This is the summer to do it.
If you can’t take another top knot-induced migraine and you’re so over beachy waves, we’ve rounded up hands-on tutorials for loose and lovely braided styles. Bonus: they should be a little messy and require minimal tools – perfect for summer’s hazy, humid days.
Pretty Side French Braid/Low Updo Hair
This slightly left-of-centre French braid is a definite do for fuss-free fancy hair.
Wear this style on a date or to a summer celebration like a wedding or
graduation. Instructions, more photos and a video for this look are at ...Love Maegan.
These maiden braids may fall into man-repeller territory, but can you think of a more suitable style to try on a sticky, sweaty summer day? Try this one out yourself by following the steps at A Beautiful Mess.
If there’s a long-haired girl alive who hasn’t wanted to get this look, reveal yourself. ...Love Maegan makes it look effortless in her video tutorial.
This style combines the best of two trends: braids and ballerina buns. (Don’t miss this blog’s other simple styles), and you can find full instructions (beyond photos) in Hair Romance's e-book 30 Days of Twist & Pin Hairstyles.
Will you try this trend?
By Heather Watterworth
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I am so excited to try these. They look so awesome and gorgeous in pictures though and I always feel like the expectations will not add up to the reality haha
Just tried the Pretty Side French Braid/Low Updo Hair. I didn't really expect to be able to do it since, to be honest, I just learned to do a french braid like a couple months ago. But somehow I did it and it looks awesome! I think this is a style that could be worn for holiday parties as well. And it's alot easier than it looks!
So I tried the German maedchen look (3rd set of images) and was told by my loving husband that it made my head look bigger. With that in mind, this may be a look better suited to those with smaller noggins.
I love the looks of all of these. But like a lot of others have said I am waaaaaay too awkward to do them on myself.
i love the fishtail
My goal is to master the fishtail before the end of summer!
I love braids! They look so elegant and feminine. I had my hair in a side braid just a few days ago. Now that I know how to do a fish tail braid I will do that next time! Love the look. I love doing side braids with a pony tail (a la Lauren Conrad). Looks awesome too!
I've also had long hair most of my life and I still can't do things like that to myself. LOL
I'm really liking the Maiden Braids!!!! I always wanted to learn how to do so. Thanks for the tutorials!
I know how to do all of these styles since I've had long hair nearly my whole life. However, despite the practice, they never quite look this polished :/ Probably does look more like Big Love - haha!
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