5 Fresh Ways To Wear Braids

5 Fresh Ways To Wear Braids
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Look closely at the back of Freida Pinto's raven strands and you'll see a gently tousled braid woven within. To re-create the unexpected style, simply curl the hair with a wide-barrel iron to form unstructured waves. Then, leave a few face-framing layers out in the front, braiding the back into a loose, wide braid.

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Milkmaid braids have been hot for some time now, but a more delicate rendering of the style, as seen here on Nikki Reed, looks quite chic. Pair it with a low-slung, loose chignon and you have a polished boho style.

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Remember a few years back when Lauren Conrad popularized that whole braided-at-the-front hairline look? It's easy to bring modern elements to the style just like Jessica Stam recently did. Just enhance your hair's texture with beachy waves, and then simply reverse braid your plait for an on-trend finish.

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For an avant-garde take on braids, follow Eve's lead. At the recent BET Awards, Eve opted for a side braid but put a twist on it by featuring an old-school roll off to the side.

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Speaking of trends, combine the ubiquitous side fishtail with the seen-everywhere colorfully streaked coiffures, as seen on Taryn Manning. Don't want to actually color your hair to achieve the effect? Use colored hair mascara or clip-in extensions to get multitonal strands without the commitment.

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