If plaited headbands are on your list of cheesy beauty products, you might have to reconsider. Salma Hayek showed off a chic and easy way to wear the trend . . . without looking like teen. At the premiere of Grown Ups 2, Salma wore her hair in a tousled french twist that was high on texture. She accented the look with a double-plaited Alice band, which was positioned with one plait at the crown, while the second fell just above the top of the twist. The result was a fun, unexpected take on a classic style, and it's easy to replicate at home. Feeling inspired? Shop the look below!
Plaits are always beautiful, but they can also be functional in the heat and humidity. Wear them on top of your head like Florence Welch, in a fishtail at the pool like Rita Ora, in a french plait like Cara Delevigne or in a more formal style like Cheryl Cole wore in Cannes. For even more Summer plait hairstyle ideas, click on!
Can't choose between a bun and a plait? Katie Holmes couldn't seem to either at last night's Coach party on the High Line in New York, so she combined the two. Her hybrid style, which she adorned with two twists on either side of her head, is the perfect casual Summer style. And it's surprisingly easy to re-create at home with second-day hair.
- Start by misting your hands down with a hold hair spray, like L'Oréal Elnett Satin Strong Hold Spray (£6.60), for extra grip. Then, twist a two-inch section above each ear toward the back of your head. Secure with bobby pins.
- Pull your hair into a ponytail at the middle of the back of your head, making sure to include the twisted sections. Secure with an elastic
- Braid your hair into two neat plaits, securing the ends with elastics. Wind each braid around the base of the ponytail, one at a time, and pin against your head. The bun shouldn't lay flat against your scalp.
- Finish with another mist of hair spray, and you're set!
Whether you're a guest, bridesmaid, or even the bride, weddings are a perfect time to add a plait into your dressed-up style. They can add a touch of romance or bohemian coolness to your look, and there are a variety of ways to incorporate woven strands into your style. Click through to see how the following stars plaited their coifs to perfection.
If you're tired of side plaits or even wraparound milkmaid braids, here's something you'll want to try instead: the cascading plait. It's part French plait, part regular plait, and part waterfall, but 100 percent impressive. And best of all, it's rather easy to do. Just start by spritzing the hair with a working spray to add texture and hold; Kristy White of Festoon Salon in San Francisco (the hairstylist responsible for creating this gorgeous plait) recommends Oribe Superfine (£16.50). To see close-up pictures, along with step-by-step instructions on getting the look, just keep reading for more.
Victoria Beckham shared a shot of her "baggy braid in Beijing" on Twitter this morning, and it's got me reaching for my styling products to replicate the style myself. The side-swept, low-slung plait is reminiscent of the Rapunzel braid so many celebs sported last Autumn, and the style has been a massive hit again this Spring thanks in part to Katniss' iconic Hunger Games braid. Victoria has jumped on the messy braids trend that was big on the A/W '12 catwalks in February, and the dishevelled look is easy to recreate yourself thanks to its unstructured style. Get the step-by-step instructions when you read more
This has been a banner weekend for the long, fairy-tale like Rapunzel braid. This side-swept, low-slung plait looked stylish in the front row at Milan Fashion week on Lindsay Lohan whilst Nicola Roberts rocked an ultralong style at G-A-Y in Soho. Lastly, we spotted a pregnant Beyoncé at the launch of her new fragrance Pulse in New York City wearing a side plait, too. Who do you think wore it best out of these three lovely ladies?
Plaits have always been in fashion, but this season, the low-slung style is the most popular look we've seen on celebrities like Blake Lively, Ali Larter, Taylor Momsen, Jessica Szohr and Bianca Brandolini. Plaits are an easy fix to fight frizz, bad hair days, and the heat of the Summer sun by keeping your hair out of your face and off of your neck. Take a peek at five different ways to wear the low-slung plait here!
Pretty but utilitarian headband braids were all over the Fashion Week runways, and they've been the rage among celebrities for months now. But although they might seem like a limited, one-size-fits-all kind of style, there are actually lots of ways to wear the look. Whether you have short or long hair, fine or thick, there's a headband braid that will work for you.