#1 THE FISHTAIL BRAID
This style locks every strand of hair firmly in place – ideal for when you’re running around during that tennis game. Just prep hair with some styling cream to tame flyaways.
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Paul Mitchell Flexible Style Hair Sculpting Lotion, $25.99. Gives medium hold while minimising flyaways.
Sunsilk Co-creations Smooth & Manageable Instant Smoothening Cream, $5.90. Tames frizz to keep your ’do neat and sleek.
Toni & Guy Hair Meet Wardrobe Casual Sea Salt Texturising Spray (mini), $9.90. Adds texture and makes braiding easier.
John Frieda Brilliant Brunette Liquid Shine Shine Shock Perfecting Glosser, $16.90. This lightweight formula locks in shine and seals split ends for an elegant finish.
#2 THE TOPKNOT
The popular updo keeps hair off your neck when you’re doing yoga or even kick-boxing. We love how simple it is to create: just fashion your hair into a high ponytail and wrap it around in a spiral motion, then secure with an elastic band.
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L’Oreal Paris Everstyle Strong Hold Styling Spray, $15.90. Holds hair in place, resists humidity and adds shine. Bonus: It doesn’t leave hair stiff.
Percy & Reed Reassuringly Firm Session Hold Hairspray, $26. Locks your style in place with no sticky feel.
Liese Mini Super Hard Hair Spray, $6.90. Secures hair in place and leaves it scented with a mild fruity fragrance.
Percy & Reed Perfectly Perfecting Wonder Balm, $40. This leave-in balm gives you more control when pulling your hair into a bun and helps your style last longer.
#3 THE ONE-SIDED BRAID
It’s one of our favourite ways to wear textured braids because it looks so girlie and carefree. For a more tousled look, work some texturising product onto dry hair before braiding. This will also give your hair more grip and make it easier to braid.
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Toni & Guy Hair Meet Wardrobe Casual Sculpting Powder, $12.90. Dust this micro-fine powder over the length of your hair before plaiting to give the style texture and hold.
Redken Signature Look Ruffle Up 14 Volume Building Gel, $39. Warm this balm in your palms and apply to hair before teasing it. It gives hair better grip when braiding, and your style will hold better.
Alterna Bamboo Beach Summer Ocean Waves Tousled Texture Spray, $26. This lightweight texturising spray also moisturises hair. The finish? A waxy feel – perfect for braiding.
Shiseido Professional Stage Works Powder Shake, $31. This gives your strands more volume and contains a humiditycontrol ingredient so your braid will stay in place even after your workout.
Photography: Frenchesca Lim; Art Direction: Shan; Styling: Evon Chng; Hair: Jimmy Yap/Kenaris Salon; Makeup: Bobbie Ng/The Make Up Room; Model: Georgia Rose/Mannequin
In the fishtail braid look: Windbreaker, H&M; Sports bra, Reebok
In the topknot look: Windbreaker, Adidas; Sports bra, H&M; Sports bra (worn underneath), Adidas
In the one-sided braid look: Top, H&M; Sports bra, Reebok
This story was originally published in Her World Fit & Fab Issue #3 in 2014.