Braided hairstyles have had a huge moment in the celebrity hair department in 2012. We'll never forget Blake Lively's side, fishtail braid for a Savages premiere, and what Scarlett Johansson's cute Avengers milkmaid braid? So perfectly dishevelled. Other special braid mentions go to Lea Michele for her thick, messy side braid and Nina Dobrev's simple halo braid. Ready to zoom in on over 30? See you in there.
Let's be blunt, shall we? Blake Lively has enviable hair. Whether the star is rocking some serious bedhair, looking cute and chic in a plait or just going au naturale, she always works that mane of hers like it's nobody's business. Better still, she's waaay ahead of the trend game. This season's hottest hair looks — get acquainted in the gallery — have all been introduced to us by Blake, at various events over the past year. What with Spring in full swing, you'll appreciate having four new looks to try out — because just like in fashion, certain hairstyles can go out of style (The Rachel, anyone?), and you certainly don't want to be behind the times. To read about the four trends Blake's rocking, click through the pics!
Hotter temperatures mean that it's time to dig your favourite hats out from the back of the closet. While everyone loves a good fedora, the crux is that it can create a conundrum for your hair. But fear no more. You don't have to sacrifice your favourite hat for your hairstyle; get three hairstyling ideas for making your hat part of your look when you keep reading.
Blake Lively's continuing to dominate red carpets across the US as she promotes her new movie Savages. From old Hollywood waves to a beach babe textured up 'do, Blake's most recent hairstyle, at the NYC premiere, is the best of both worlds: statement-making, yet simple to recreate. Read on for our step-by-step instructions to creating a fishtail plait and remember, if you're looking to get your braid nice and chunky like Blake's, consider clipping in some hair extensions before you start. Try Schwarzkopf Magic Hair Extensions ($44.95).
- Begin by pulling hair back into a ponytail (you can skip this step if you want a more casual feel to the braid; simply jump to step two and separate strands at the nape of the neck).
- Next separate the ponytail into two even sections
- Take about a half-inch portion of hair from the outer side of the right-hand section and cross it over so that it joins the left-hand section on the inside.
- Repeat the action but this time on the left-hand side.
- Depending on how chunky you want your braid to be, you can alter the width of the portions of hair you take. If you take a wider section your braid will be chunkier.
- Continue to cross the portions over until you reach about two inches from the bottom of your hair. Then secure the braid with an elastic.
- To style, you can bring the braid over one shoulder if it's long enough.
- If you want a more textured, less polished end result that is similar to Blake's, hold onto the bottom of the braid at the elastic and begin to gently push the hair upwards, creating a more lived-in texture. Move your fingers up the braid and repeat the action, holding with one hand and pushing up with the other, to create the effect the full way up the braid.
- Finally, finish off the ponytail with a jewelled or metallic band to add something special to the style. Try these options: Sportsgirl Silver Clean Covered Band ($9.95) or Topshop Gold Section Top Knot (approx $13.50) and secure with hairspray.
Alanis Morissette walked the red carpet for the American Music Awards wearing her hair styled to the side in a fishtail braid that worked its way into a standard plait. She left the front sections of her hair out, giving the style a more relaxed look, but dressed it up with her choice of lipstick colour: a pretty brick red. What do you think of Alanis' look? Will you be copying it?
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Bar Refaeli busted out the braids for the MTV Europe Music Awards, starting at one side with a standard braid and finishing up the style in a fishtail plait. It's a pretty look and one that can be worn both day and night but to up the glamour ante add some colour on the eye as Bar did. The Israeli stunner wore blue powder shadow topped off with an electric blue winged liner. Another member of the glossy posse, Bar also picked a pretty pink for her lips. Thoughts?
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Fishtail braids are hotter than ever. And while a popular way is to wear them is tousled and off to the side, here's something else you can do to make these pretty plaits all the more interesting: just add colour. To recreate the look, all you need is a few colour clip-on hair extensions and our handy how-to. And even if the coloured hair streaks aren't for you, you can still use our tutrorial to help you perfect the fishtail braid.
At the launch of her fragrance in NYC yesterday, Taylor Swift looked like she was sporting a run-of-the-mill tousled up 'do from the front, but when she turned around, you could see that the style was more intricate than we originally thought. It featured a fishtail braid that seemed to start at Taylor's left ear, which was then twisted around the bun. What do you think of the look?
In this week's episode of Australia's Next Top Model, the tribal trend was alive and well, evident in the bright pops of eyeshadow and braided hairstyles. We turned to the show's lead hairstylist, TRESemmé's Joh Bailey, on how we can recreate three of the most popular braided 'dos — the fishtail, the French plait and the rope braid:
To form a fishtail, you ideally need quite long hair to get the proper effect. This is best created at the nape of the neck as a low pony.
- Pull hair back and separate it into two even sections.
- Take a long thin piece of hair from one of these sections and use it to wrap first around one section, then in a figure eight over the next section and back again. Effectively you are creating a figure eight along the whole ponytail.
- You should keep the figure eight joins quite tight, which means using extra hair. Once the first piece runs out, take another piece from the other side and keep going. Finish by tying off with an elastic. For a messier look, ease out the hair when you are done.