Plaits and braids everyone with long hair should try
Time to get creative with your braiding
By Kate Niven
Beauty Crew Beauty Writer / June 21 2016
It's hard to believe you can braid your hair so many different ways, but these celebs prove that braids come in many different forms. Get set to take your plaiting, braiding and fishtails to a whole other level.
Jessica Hart’s Mohawk rope braid is a cool contrast next to her elegant designer gown. To get this hairstyle at home, Dutch braid your hair, starting at the hairline and going all the way to the end.
At a quick glance you almost wouldn’t believe this is a braid, it’s that loose and deconstructed. To get Jessica Chastain’s hairstyle, comb the hair straight back and tie into a half-up ponytail. Take a small section of hair from underneath the ponytail and pull it back into a second, smaller half-pony about a third of the way down. The remaining hair is then loosely plaited.
Olivia Wilde’s braided bun has an edgy vibe. To get the look, section the hair into a side part and braid each side until the two braids meet at the back. From there, plait all your hair then wrap it around into an off-centre bun.
To get Iggy’s cool girl crown, section hair into three parts (top left, top right and bottom). From there, Dutch braid the top left section of hair until you reach behind the ear; secure with an elastic. Next, release the remaining sections of hair and pull back into a ponytail (including the tail of your braid), leaving a little bit from the underside out to wrap around the elastic.
Copy Orange is the New Black's Dascha Polanco’s hairstyle by loosely braiding your hair, starting from the middle of the head until you reach just beyond the nape of the neck. From there, finish with a fishtail braid.
The Hills' Audrina’s messy and textured high fishtail braid is complicated, but not unachievable. First, backcomb the front section of your hair and pin back into a quiff. Leave a section of hair out on each side and fishtail braid the rest. When you get to the nape of the neck, add the side sections into the remaining hair and finish off your braid. Gently pull the braid apart to boost the ponytail’s texture.
To create the Game Of Thrones star's milkmaid braid, section your hair into two parts at the base of the neck and then plait each section. Pull the plaits apart to make them appear thicker and messy. Then wrap them around the top of the head and secure with bobby pins.
Trending in the braided hairstyle circles at the moment is this double braided look like Rita Ora’s. To re-create it, section hair in two and braid each side in a backwards direction, starting from the hairline. Add some hair accessories, or even some fresh flowers (lightly spray them with hairspray to keep them looking fresh all day).
To get It girl Hailey’s braided hairstyle, start at the centre of the hairline and braid straight back. The plaited end of the braid can be loosened to create a textured look.
We love how undone Amber Heard’s braided, twisted and pinned updo is. To get the look you need very long hair that’s also pretty thick… or simply add extensions to get the necessary bulk and length. Then, fishtail braid the lengths closely side by side at the back, cross them over and wrap each fishtail around the head and pin in place.
Vanessa Hudgen's bohemian look is so easy to re-create. Section your hair into top and bottom partings. Next, split the top section into two equal sections and plait both all the way to the ends. Secure the two plaits with small clear elastics then bring them up to the crown of the head and pin down with bobby pins to create this boho milkmaid braided look.
The Nickelodeon star’s plaited ponytail is fun with a chic rock star vibe. Part your hair to the side and pull it back into a tight ponytail. Plait the lengths, alternating from a tight to a loose braid as you go. Finish by tugging at pieces in the plait to add more shape and texture.
You can get Chrissy Teigen's pretty yet simple one-sided braid by Dutch braiding the top left-hand section of hair until it reaches the back of the head. Combine the braid with the rest of the hair and pop it up into a ponytail.
Elegant at the front, and messy but intricate at the back, this hairstyle is easier than it looks. Leave the front loose, then braid on either side. Weave them together at the back to create an undone updo.
Copy Nicky Hilton’s hairstyle by braiding two thin plaits from a section of hair underneath the top back of your head. Bring the braids up and around the head, adjusting your hair at the back to cover the start of the braids. Place the braids a little further back than a traditional crown plait so loose waves can fall around the face to frame it.
For a sleek and subtle fishtail hairstyle like Margot Robbie’s, smooth down the front section of your hair, parting at the centre, and tie it into a low ponytail at the base of your neck. Braid a very tight and short fishtail braid, secure, then leave the ends straight.
The inverted version of Rita Ora's double braid, Kim Kardashian's platinum braids are styled by pulling each strand of hair under the one before when following the traditional braiding technique.
Chris Hemsoworth's wife may not be as famous as him, but she knows a good braid. For this intricate style, Elsa Pataki’s hair is split into seven sections (yes, seven! Three on each side and one underneath) and then braided them into a ponytail. Once all sections have been braided along the scalp, the leftovers are put into a ponytail where the lengths are braided into a single plait then wrapped around into a bun.
Little Mix's Perrie Edward's sleek sky-high plaited ponytail is a cinch to style. First, slick back your hair into a tight high ponytail and secure with an elastic. This hairstyle is great from office to workout or for a night out.
Kate started working for BEAUTYcrew in early 2016, first as a contributor, and was then named Beauty Writer in 2017. She loves picking the brains of the industry's top experts to get to the bottom of beauty's toughest questions. Bronze eyeshadow palettes are her weakness and she's forever on the hunt for the perfect nude nail polish to suit her fair skin. Her words can also be found in Men's Health magazine, and she now works in PR.
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