Nicole Richie, Zoe Deschanel Kourtney Kardashian, and Myself…what do we all have in common? We’ve surrendered to the braided hair trends of Summer 2012; and proud of it too! If you check out any of the fashion magazines lately there is an ongoing occurrence of different braided updo’s. It’s a great way to get your hair out of your face during the hot sticky summer months, it usually takes less than 5 minutes and there is no need for a hot styling tool. What more could you ask for?
This past week I decided to try out 4 different hairstyles all incorporating braids. Each style took only a few minutes, which is great because I don’t want to get up any earlier than I have to!
Ok so this one might be a little basic.I’m sure we’ve all done it…and may
even be sick of it. But try giving a fresh new twist on this old classic. For
example, part your hair on a different side, wear the braid back in a top
knot, or do multiple rows of braids to get a more textured look. Here is a
picture of Rachel McAdam’s sporting the double braided look into a low
Look 2: Milk Maid Braid
This trend is a little crazy, even for me! But I decided to try it anyways. If you have
short hair you may need to get a clip in piece.If your hair is longer, try doing 2 low
pigtail braids and then crisscrossing them to form the crown. I love how Sienna
Miller made her braids messy and beachy it looks really effortless and cute.
Look 3: The Katniss Braid
I never thought I would want to copy the style out of The Hunger Games
until I saw what they did with Jennifer Lawrence. I love how this
dutch braid is simple and classic, but still messy and boho. I love
to sleep in this braid and take it out the next morning for
heatless beach waves.
Look 4: Blake Lively Sleek High Braid
This braid is sleek but still modern; it’s great for the beach or for those fun summer
nights. To get the dramatic look of this braid try adding in some clip in extensions
to make your braid fuller and longer. This reminds me of an Anna Kournikova braid
that’s appropriate for night-time not just the gym!
I love how every one of these looks can transition from day to-night. Any of these styles would pair beautifully with a dress from Rent the Runway! Please try out these hairstyles or a few of your own and send me pictures on Facebook or Twitter! I would love to see what you girls come up with!
Alexandrea is a cosmetologist and makeup artist from Michigan. She makes how- to videos on beauty and fashion on youtube under the name TheAlexandreaGarza. Her favorite designers are Michael Kors and Tory Burch.
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