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Hot Ways to Wear Braids

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Hot Ways to Wear Braids

Different Ways to Braid Your Hair

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Braided hair has recently made a huge comeback. Celebrities have been spotted wearing braids both on and off the red carpet, so it’s no surprise that this versatile look has been embraced by women everywhere. Sleek and polished, or messy and casual, a braid is a simple hairstyle that can change your whole look. We’ve got the scoop on the most popular styles, and how to do them.

Classic

The classic braid is the easiest to master, and requires the least amount of effort. Begin by gathering hair into a ponytail, and dividing it into three sections. Starting with the outer right section, cross it over the center section. Next take the outer left section and cross hair over the center piece. Repeat this process, alternating between left and right sections, until you have completely braided the length of your hair, then secure with an elastic tie.

French

Amanda Seyfried knows a French braid is an easy way to add sophistication and style to your look. She was spotted rocking the style on the red carpet. While the French braid is similar to the classic braid, there is one key difference: hair is woven into the braid piece-by-piece, instead of all at once. Start by dividing the section of hair at the top of the head into three equal parts. Proceed to use the cross over method—just like with the classic braid—adding small portions of hair to the sides each time you cross it over the center section. Work down the length of hair until you reach the bottom, and then secure with a hair tie.

Fishtail

The fishtail braid has become incredibly popular amongst celebrities, especially when worn to the side. Nicole Richie, Rihanna, Ashley Tisdale, and Vanessa Hudgens have all been seen with a fishtail. To get the look, first divide hair into two sections. Take a small piece of hair from the outer part of the right section and cross it over the top, adding it to the left section. Do the same thing with the left section, crossing over to the right, and repeat until you have braided the whole length of hair. Secure with an elastic hair tie for an elegant and effortless look. Don’t worry about stray strands of hair; with the fishtail braid, messy can be especially pretty.

Swiss Braid

Seen on the runways, and on celebs like Mary-Kate Olsen, the Swiss braid is a variation of the classic that lends itself rather well to high fashion looks. A Swiss braid is simply a braid that has been wrapped around the head like a crown. To start, divide the hair into two sections, and secure each side with an elastic. Taking the right section, divide into three and braid hair normally, securing with an elastic. Braid the left side in the same fashion. With both braids complete, take the right braid and loop it around the back of your head, securing with bobby pins as you go. Do the same with the left braid, leaving yourself with a “crown” of braids around your head. Place the crown lower or higher on the head to achieve different effects.

With a braid for every occasion, choosing the right hairstyle will be an easy task. Which one is your favorite?

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love the swiss braid!! This comment has been removed.
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super This comment has been removed.
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fyl This comment has been removed.
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love the fish tail its pretty . thaats how i do my hair for school when im in a good mood (: This comment has been removed.
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I love braided hair, they all look great. I especially like Asheley Tisdale and Rihanna's braided hair. This comment has been removed.
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thats how i always do my hair at school ! LOVE IT This comment has been removed.
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Love Nicole Richie's braid but I agree, it's hard to get these right. Pieces always fall out. I need a stylist! hahaha This comment has been removed.
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love rihanna's fishtail plait! This comment has been removed.
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I seriously LOVE Mary-Kate's Swiss braid crown. She looks like a hippy girl. Super cute! This comment has been removed.
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I've always loved the french braid. It looks so cute & put together! Love it! This comment has been removed.
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I love the fishtail, but I can't seem to get it. Any tips besides practice ;) This comment has been removed.
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I love this look. I am into braids lately, the one that I have not tied yet is the Swiss braid. This weekend I was practicing with my sister and my niece how to do the fishtail braid =P This comment has been removed.
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