Forget patterned ponchos and tall boots; this year’s hottest winter fashion trends are all about the braid. Textured braids are a carry-over from spring and summer when the look was perfectly paired with swimwear and denim cutoffs. We may have traded the shorts for sweaters, but the plaited hairstyles are here to stay. Here’s how to add hot textured braids to your winter wardrobe.
Double Dutch Bun
One part sweet, the other sassy, this style looks complex but is actually easy to master. Start by putting a little texturizing wax in your tresses to make it easier to sculpt. Then create one Dutch braid, which is essentially an inside out French braid done by crossing sections underneath, on either side of the head. Wrap the braids around to the nape of your neck, roll them into a messy bun and secure with bobby pins.
For the trendy look of braids while leaving most of your locks flowing, try this micro-braid style. Just pick a random 1-inch section of hair and pop in a traditional braid and secure the end with an elastic tie. Repeat with two or three more small sections, making sure to grab some from the underside of your hair so that the braid peaks out. The result is a cute boho look that is perfect for casual days.
Messy French Braid
Getting to the peak of fashion really doesn’t get easier than this. Just start a French braid at the middle of the back of your head and, instead of pulling tight, keep the strands loose as you go. Secure the ends and then start at the top of the braid to pull and loosen small sections to create a haphazard, casual look.
This is a grown-up take on a little girl favorite. After texturing your hair, pull it into pigtails with elastic ties. Then, fishtail braid each side and secure the ends. Snip the upper elastics to free the top of the braids and then move down the plait loosening small strands and creating a messy look as you go. For an even more high-fashion, boho look, top the style with a hat.
For a look that transitions seamlessly from the office to happy hour, or even a fancy night out, try this French updo. Start by creating a loose French braid down the back of the head. Then, roll the ends under at the nape of your neck and secure with bobby pins. Give a gentle tug to loosen the strands so that the result is gently crisscrossing sections, rather than an evident braid.
Big Volume Fishtail
To get this glam look, start with a volume building or root lifting spray. Then, tease 2-inch chunks of hair to lift it away from the scalp for maximum drama. Plait hair into a loose, messy fishtail braid starting at nape of the neck. For longer hair, twist the braid so that it trails over your shoulder.