So we’re betting that your very first hairstyle was a braid. Are we right? It’s a school fave that never gets old and because of that, we’ve decided to dedicate an entire blog post to the ‘art of the braid’ with a little help from VS Sassoon Stylist Rob Reeves of course.
These braid styles are gorgeous for short, medium and long hair! So whatever length of hair you’ve got, there’s a braid for you!
For long & medium hair length gals we hope you find something in our list so you can rock your braids just like Queen Bey!
Has Meghan Markle lost her crown? Or rather has her messy bun had its day? We’re not going to call it just yet but we’re putting it out there - only because we’re seeing a new take on it – the messy side braid! Nicole Kidman has rocked a few variations of this look, most recently at the Australian Open, while Sarah Hyland and Selena Gomez rock this look too! Rob says this look is easily achievable.
While braids can be chic enough to work for your wedding day (we promise!) they also work a treat when you’re off duty, at the gym or just want your hair out of the way and looking on point. Yes, we’re talking Heidi plaits and boxer braids - perfect for the down times, rainy days, festivals and pretty much any occasion you want no fuss locks.
“Boxer braids or Dutch braids are one of my favourite looks,” says Rob. Unlike a more traditional French braid you need to weave your hair under rather than over as you do for a French braid.
Pre-styling tip - Braids work best on day old hair. If your hair is fine, flyaway or clean, spray with texture or salt spray and dry in with the VS Sassoon Digital Sensor Dryer or the VS Sassoon Digital Sensor Hot Air Styler.
For more on how to create a Dutch Boxer braid follow this tutorial from our friends at Scunci
Half up hairstyles are really on trend and adding a chunky fishtail braid can really take your style to the next level. One of our fave influencers @emilyrosehannon has amazing braids and hairstyles so we’ve taken her look and simplified it so you can easily achieve it at home.
How to recreate this beachy glam do:
“Remember you don’t have to have long hair to successfully do a braided look I promise,” says Rob. “If your hair is on the short side take inspo from these three braided styles here”:
Image source: Scunci Australia
A flat braid is great to add some style to your short hair half up look. This look is perfect for a day out with family and friends, or even a special occasion! It’s a versatile look that‘ll suit any occasion.
Corn braids are weaved close to the head and finished with a mini bun (optional). This style suits thicker or textured hair, so if you have fine hair make sure you prep with texture and volume styling products.
We love this look for those lazy Sunday days when you’re running around doing errands. It’s also the perfect relaxed look for brunch with the girls! There isn’t much effort needed with this look at all.
RHOBH alum Yolanda Hadid and her supermodel daughters Gigi and Bella Hadid prove that the braid is a true classic, standing the test of time. Each have done the braid thing over the years and we absolutely love each and every one of their takes.
So with all this great inspo all that’s left is to get braiding ladies - and don’t be scared - after all it’s as simple as one (over), two (over), three!
With that in mind, add texture and smooth frizz to prep your hair for styling your braids. We have a range of stylers, straighteners and dryers that can easily be used in the comfort of your home. Our products are available at participating stockists near you!
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Love your style, from the VS Sassoon team x