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Bored of your boardroom bun? Consider jazzing things up with a jolt of juxtaposition – pair your businesswoman blazer with a fun fishtail braid that’s fashionably undone and perfectly imperfect.
Not convinced? All the beauty bigwigs are making a beeline for braids, so it’s a bona fide tress trend that’s well, très trendy. There were a ton of twisty tendrils on the mane models mincing down the Fall 2016 runways – even FROW-ers like Kim Kardashian herself was spotted dabbling in double dutch braids. The best thing? Braids are so very versatile once you get a hang of ‘em.
Primer on plaits
Start by spritzing on a volumising spray for a bodybuilding boost, then split your hair straight down the middle. Start weaving by twisting an approximately one cm-wide piece from the front of the right section and crossing it over to the left side, overlapping the plait like you would with a standard-issue braid. Using both hands, pull on the two ends of the ponytail to tighten the plait.
Continue crisscrossing until you've woven your hair down to the ends, then secure the braid with another elastic band. Use a pair of scissors to cut off the elastic at your nape. Repeat by picking up a piece from the left side and crossing it over, then tighten by pulling the ends taut.
Finish by working your fingers through the braids to loosen them up, and set with another blast of hairspray. And you’re done! Oh, and one last thing: Keep things artfully disheveled, as a few loose ends, so to speak, will give your ‘do a windblown sexiness that’s very youthful and very appealing.
Watch and weave
Eyes glazing over in bemusement? If you’re more of a visual learner, check out the incredibly intuitive video tutorial below, then click through the gallery above for backstage beauty shots of a plethora of plaits to get your #hairspo juices flowing. Have lots of follicular fun!