You likely currently do some of the common braided hairstyles already. After all, last year was all about the simple side braid and the fishtail braid was hugely popular. Now it’s time to try out these gorgeous braided hairstyles.
The Backwards Braided
Who said that a braid has to start from the top of your head? This year, it’s all about the backwards braid. It starts from the nap of your neck and works its way up your head and into the rest of your hair. All you need to do is tip your hair forward and braid as you would normally but from the back. You can French braid it to collect any loose strands of hair.
Braid it until you reach the section that gathers into a ponytail and then you have a choice. You can either keep going, collecting your hair into a ponytail and then braiding as normal, or you can just gather your hair into a ponytail. The problem with the latter is that it will cover your backwards braid.
Why not wrap the ponytail into a bun instead? This helps to show off your braid, while keeping your hair out of the way. It looks smart and sophisticated at the same time, and is perfect for all occasions.
The Side Braid
This side French braid is a slight adaptation from the popular side braid of 2015 and 2016. Rather than just pulling your hair to the side and starting the braid, you want to start from the very top – just on one side of the hair. Think about the way Elsa in Frozen does her hair after she embraces her powers.
Leave a strand of hair at the front out of the braid and French braid the way you usually would, gathering strands from the other side of the hair to collect it all on one side gradually. Work your braid all the way to the tip as tightly as you want. Once you’ve secured the braid, you can pull the sections of the braid slightly to make them look thicker.
Finish off my curling that front strand that you left out. This just completes the look. This is one of the hottest trends of 2017, so get practising now in time for the summer.
The 1920s Style Wrap Braid
During the 1920s to 1940s, the hair was pulled up off the neck as much as possible. Of course, women still had long hair, so they needed to work their hair into a fashionable style. That meant finding a way to wrap their hair to the nape of the neck.
The wrap braid style became popular and it has come back into fashion now. It involves using pigtails to create a simplistic braid on one side of the head and then moving the braid back and forth, pinning it at the sides, until all the hair is gathered up.
If you don’t quite want all the hair off the back of your head, you can opt for a half up, half down approach. You only wrap the top half of your hair around your head, pinning it in place at the sides. Keep the down section of your hair as straight as possible for a sleek and beautiful look.
Like many braided hairstyles, this is excellent for both special occasions and everyday wear.
The Twisted Curls
Braids don’t always have to involve wrapping strands of hair around each other. You can just twist and secure to your head if you want something a little different. The twisted curls is one of the cutest and easiest hairstyles that you will ever do, and is perfect for those with naturally wavy hair or those who find curling hair quick and effortless.
The hairstyle works for all ages, and is an excellent way to do something different to kids’ hair for a party. As an adult, it’s a way to tie the front strands back to get them out of the way without looking like everything is scraped back on top of your hair.
Twist the two sides to join in the middle of your head, fastening in place with a hair tie. Allow the rest of the hair to flow down you back effortlessly. You can finish off the look with a bow or flower, just to hide the hair tie that you’ve used.
When doing the hair for a special occasion, work the bow or flower in with the colour scheme of your outfit. You’ll add that subtle accessory that doesn’t distract too much attention from your outfit.
Are you ready to try out some different braided hairstyles? The ones shared above are easy and will take moments to get in place. You’ll be able to go to work with a different hairstyle that looks to have taken hours, impressing your customers and your boss. All your colleagues will want to know just how you’ve done it – then it’s up to you if you want to show them your secrets.