Braids Are Back! 11 New Ways to Wear Them

Braids Are Back! 11 New Ways to Wear Them
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Braids of every shape and style showed up on the runways this Fashion Week, from braided crowns and plaits adorned with embellishments to the classic French braid with a twist. Check out our favorites and learn how to recreate them at home. 

Rebecca Minkoff

TRESemmé Stylist Jeanie Syfu created this textured updo by teasing the hair and using TRESemmé 24 Hour Body Finishing Spray for roughness. She pulled the hair into two ponytails underneath the ears and created a 4-strand braid on each side, which she secured with an elastic and wrapped around the head.


Oscar de la Renta

The braids were classic and elegant, twisted into a perfectly structured chignon at the nape of the neck. 



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Nicole Miller

The braided crowns at Nicole Miller were loose and messy, all the better to complement the strong purple lip. 



Bob Recine for went with a classic fishtail braid, but kept the look super sleek by first straightening the hair with the T3 Single Pass Straightening & Styling Iron ($160, and then applying Phyto Professional Wet Gel ($24, before braiding. 

Tia Cibani

Models’ hair was braided around thick pieces of fabric, creating makeshift headpieces. 

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Naeem Khan

For the simplest crown braid, follow lead stylist Sally Hershberger’s technique. Create a strong center part to divide hair in half. Create two ponytails and braid tightly. Wrap the braids around the crown of the head and hold in place with bobby pins. 


Here's the back view. See? It's simple! 


Mara Hoffman

Catwalk by TIGI Global Creative Director Nick Irwin went with a very structured braid, combining two French braids placed behind the ears with fabric that matched the colorful collection. 


Kenneth Cole

Esther Langham for created two tight Dutch braids. To create such a strong, structured look, make sure to braid right along the hairline. 

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Diesel Black Gold

Redken Creative Consultant Guido kept the hair soft and feminine with a simple French braid. For a more casual beachy look, he added dampness to the style using Redken Outshine 01 ($5.99,, an anti-frizz polishing milk.  


Costello Tagliapietra

This braid may look like your classic plait, but hairstylist Nelson Vercher, who worked with René Furterer, drew from the classic and added to it. "It's a return to a classic look, but we're pushing it forward. I wanted a really raw look, almost like bedhead, a little roughed up, but modern, beautiful and super easy. Texture is key." So they embraced the models' natural texture — cowlicks, flyaways and all!



The fishtail braids at Calla were adorned with red ribbon messily placed throughout the plait. To keep in place, tie the ribbon to hair just below the part. 

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