Lucy Hale’s clever braid for short hair

The style to try on your lob!

A big shout out to Lucy Hale for reminding us just how versatile short hair really is. Just because a shorter cut lacks length, it definitely does not mean your library of styles is limited. Not one little bit.

The Pretty Little Liars star initially tricked us all into thinking she styled her short locks into a simple sleek, centre-parted low ponytail at the 2016 Billboard Music Awards, but we were wrong. Incredibly wrong.

 

Upon turning around, Lucy revealed a mohawk-like braid down the centre of the back of her head, which eventually formed into a low, sharp ponytail.

Innovative, isn’t it?

If you want to recreate this clever style on your own lob or bob, start by applying a smoothing serum like Nak Aromas Smooth Straightening Crème to damp hair, before blow-drying straight. Then, part your hair down the centre, before sectioning off a 3cm-wide area of hair in the middle of your head from your crown down to your hair line. Smooth and tightly secure the hair either side of this section with a hair tie at the nape of the neck. Then, braid the middle section of hair, and secure just above the first hair tie. This type of braid isn't too dissimilar to the one seen at MBFWA, so you can click here to learn about the technique.

Finish by smoothing any fly-ways and frizz with a long-lasting hair spray like Garnier Fructis Style Mega Strong Hairspray

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