It's Braid Week here at Byrdie HQ, and for a full five days we've got braids on the brain. Whether you’re looking for new festival hair trends, wedding look inspo, or just jonesing to scroll through something pretty, you’ll get your braid-centric fix in this column. Hope you like!
Braids are great: They look cool, they get the hair out of your face, and—perhaps most important—they disguise a bad hair day in seconds. So we took a little creativity from the runways and found the prettiest (and easiest) plaits for the dry shampoo–inclined.
Behold the Pinterest-worthy braid inspiration you’ve been waiting for.
Hairstylist Renato Campora explains: Prep your hair with Serge Normant’s Meta Form Sculpting Pomade ($25), and divide it into three parts: the crown and two side sections stretching from your temple to the nape of your neck. Join them together with a small rubber band to create a baby ponytail. Braid this section and secure with a small elastic, like Goody Girls’ Mini/Small Clear Latex Elastics ($5).
This one’s especially quick and easy—but adds a nice dose of cool-girl style. Flip your head over and spray a nice dose of dry shampoo (Moroccanoil’s Dry Shampoo for Dark Tones, $17, won’t leave any white, powdery residue). Section off the top of your hair and secure the top part with a hair elastic (half up, half down). Then braid one or two random sections behind your ears to frame your face.
Try a simpler take on pigtails by doing twists instead of braids. Part your hair down the middle and smooth flyaways with a light oil or hair spray, like Shu Uemura’s Essence Absolue Nourishing Protective Oil ($69). Separate your hair into two sections on either side of your head, twist both sections, and then twist them together. Secure with a hair elastic. and voilà!
Start by taking small sections. Cross one over the other, braiding away from your face. Move on to the next section, but let it fall on top of the previous section. Continue until you’ve made it all the way around.
Perhaps the most popular braided style, the milkmaid braid is about to be your new best friend. Part your hair in the middle and then divide it into two even sections. Braid each section, and secure the ends with a clear hair elastic. Lightly pull each side to thicken the braid. Flip the braids up and over the top of your head, and secure them with bobby pins.
Talk about effortless—this style looks perfectly messy in that easy (but still oh so cool) way. Add a texturizing spray like Oribe’s Dry Texturizing Spray ($22).
If you’re working with second-day grease, a braid and headband may be your best bet. Part your hair and smooth the headband over to catch any flyaways or stubborn hairs. Gather all your hair to one side, loosely braid it together, and secure with an elastic.
Plus, we included our favorite dry shampoos to pair with your second-day ’do below.
Looking for more beginner-level styles? Check out these chic braids that are actually easy.