Now that we're experiencing rising temperatures, I've got braids on the mind.
Mary-Kate Olsen's bohemian double-braids that she wore recently were not only effortlessly cool, but totally chic. Here are 10 more ways you can wear this trendy look — all perfect for these warmer-weathered months ahead.
Classic French Braid
It was all about classic sophistication for
Amanda Seyfried, who wore this old-school French braid at the Mother and Child premiere. To get the look, use thick sections of hair when braiding, focusing on keeping the braid loose. Finish off with a shine-enhancing spray, like Fekkai Advanced Brilliant Sheer Shine Mist ($23).
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A tossed-to-the-side rope braid is perfect for showing off subtle highlights, just like
Audrina Patridge's. First, tease the hair all over for volume and hold. Then, simply twist two strands of hair from the back (much like a rope) into a side-ponytail and secure.
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I love how
Hilary Duff's geometric stripes look against her soft and textured fishtail braid. Toss yours to the side like Hilary (and Audrina) for an ultimate of-the-moment finish.
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Lauren Conrad sure does love her braids, no? For a truly simple way to get in on the trend, follow LC's lead and casually braid a small amount of hair from the fringe area back toward the ear. For an even more true-to-life look, ask your stylist for ombre effect color to emulate Lauren's dark-to-light hairstyle.
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Two Braids in One
What's so cool about Leona Lewis's scrunched braid is that it actually starts out as a French braid in the back and cascades down into a fishtail. Tip: For the scrunched effect, tug at one of the strands at the end and pull upwards, securing with a clear elastic.
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While most of you weren't loving
Mischa Barton's flower power headband, if you're looking for a truly bohemian look, why not try her barely-there braids? First dirty up your strands by applying a salt spray like Bumble and Bumble Surf Spray ($26). Loosely French braid your hair and set with a strong-hold hairspray.
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Reverse French Braids
For something more well-coiffed, look to
Jessica Alba for inspiration. At a recent cocktail event in LA, the actress opted for double (one on each side) reverse French braids that met in the back. To re-create the look, instead of placing the hair over each strand in your braid, just place it under.
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Waved hair with a pretty braid down the middle is a perfect date-night look. To get
Zoe Saldana's style, start a thick braid on one side of your head. When finished, secure by tucking and pinning it behind the opposite ear.
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Earlier this month, Malin Ackerman dazzled with this slicked-back ponytail/braided combo — an unexpected look perfect for almost any kind of event. After applying a liberal amount of gel, pull the hair back into a ponytail just above the
occipital bone. Braid a few inches and secure with an elastic, being sure to leave most of the hair out at the end for the perfect braid-to-pony ratio.
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10 New Ways to Wear Trendy Braids
originally posted on POPSUGAR Beauty