Pretty Plaits

Plaits are perfect to joosh up any outfit. From braided buns to fishtails, celebs are loving plaits in every shape and style. Take some inspiration from our pick of the A-list braided bunch next time you’re stepping out!

The crossover halo braid, Sienna MillerWe call it: The crossover halo braid
Worn by: Jessica Alba and Sienna Miller

The look is simple to achieve, but works best with longer hair. Create a braid and tie it with an elastic at the end. Wrap the long braid, starting at your ear, around your head and pin it back. You really can’t go wrong – but just make sure it’s secured because you don’t want a flapping braid! To finish off the look, and make it appear effortless, pull a few loose strands of your hair out around your ears, and the nape of your neck. As easy as 1,2,3!

 

Braid with loose waves, Jennifer AnistonWe call it: Braid with loose waves
Worn by: Jennifer Aniston, Lauren Conrad, Kim Kardashian.

This very pretty, relaxed look is for when you feel like something different. Blow dry your hair, then use a flat iron or a curling tong to create little waves and achieve that beach look. Add a spritz of sea salt spray or light hair spray to hold them. Part your hair in the middle and create a small braid across the top or side of your head depending on where you want it to sit. If you are daring, create one on either side. Once it is done, secure it under your loose bits of hair with a clip.

 

The braided bun, Jenniefr LopezWe call it: The braided bun
Worn by: JLo and Drew Barrymore

Structure and sophistication come to mind when thinking of the braided bun. Get this look by simply creating a pulled back, sleek ponytail in the middle of your head. Part your ponytail in two and make two separate braids and secure them with a clear elastic. Then start wrapping one braid clockwise around your pony and the other one anti-clockwise. Secure each braid with a hair pin under the bun. Voila!

 

Good ol side plait, Amanda SeyfriedWe call it: Good ’ol side plait
Worn by: Amanda Seyfried

To create this braid, make a deep side parting in your hair. If you normally wear your hair to the right, switch over to the left, and vice versa. By wearing your hair in the opposite direction to what it’s used to, it will give more of a natural lift on top. Now make a loose braid at the base of your neck. Use a small elastic to secure it. Then with your fingers, pull gently and separate the braid all over so it becomes messy and uneven. You now have Amanda Seyfried’s messy side plait!

 

Fishtail plait, Fergie and Leona LewisWe call it: Fishtail plait
Worn by: Fergie, Nicole Sherzinger, Leona Lewis

This is one of toughest creations of the braid family. Put your hair in a ponytail to start – either on the side to create Leona Lewis fishtail plait, or in a high pony if you are after Fergie and Nicole’s look – although this one is more difficult to do on yourself.

Divide your hair into two sections instead of three. Hold both sections in one hand, separated by your index finger, and use your other hand to grab a small piece from the outside of one divided section. Pull the small piece of hair over to the other half, and then take a piece from the other divided piece and do the same – but in the opposite way. Imagine that you’re doing a typical braid, except the moving pieces are tiny. When you reach the end, tie it with a clear elastic.

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