How to do Summer Braids and Plaits

While tousled beach hair and salty strands are a long reigning summer staple, it’s high time to get your head in the game and switch things up. From plaited halos to loose and ethereal braids, it needn’t all be bobby pins and super-strength hairspray.

Beauticate loves...Backstage at Alexander Wang Spring 2010

Beauticate loves...Backstage at Alexander Wang Spring 2010

Thanks to on-screen queens like JLaw’s Hunger Games character Katniss Everdeen, fresh and disheveled summery plaits are no longer strictly reserved for the playground and have never looked quite so effortless…


1. The Halo

Jennifer Lawrence

Jennifer Lawrence

All hail the halo! Jennifer Lawrence proves this ethereal go-to is just as on trend as ever - both on the screen and off. Keep it contemporary cool with a gritty yet lightweight texturizer like Eleven Sea Salt Texture Spray.

2. The Deconstructed Braid

Mara Hoffman

Mara Hoffman

The disheveled side plait sported backstage at Mara Hoffman SS15 is as easy as One, Two, Three. While it works all year round, this one reigns supreme on sweaty summer days. Towel dry and tease hair for a welcome beach-hair kink when undone. To revive sun-soaked hair, work a natural hair mask into your weekly routine throughout beach season. Living Proof Restore Hair Mask will deeply nourish even the most distressed tresses.

The Fishtail

Tory Burch

Tory Burch

While the fishtail certainly isn’t for the novice, once you’ve nailed this ‘do you’ll be set. Update an undone beach ensemble with the most polished of the braid family and finish with a sleek and luminous finishing spray like Kevin Murphy Shimmer Shine to defy the weather gods and that dreaded humidity.

The golden girl

Zoe Saldana

Zoe Saldana

From the catwalk to the red carpet, gold leaf is most definitely having a moment. Get crafty with a traditional braid by adding loose gold threaded accents to a polished plait or slip on a gold headpiece a la’ Zoe Saldana like the Rosantica Maria Gold-Dipped Pearl Headband for a little sparkle come starlight. 

The Rosette braid

Rodarte

Rodarte

Channel your inner garden-party goddess with a simple yet striking rosette. There were roses by the dozen backstage at Rodarte, proving the half-up half-down do’ can hold its own in the high fashion stakes. Add lightweight pins like Lady Jayne Hair Pins to hold your bud in place and avoid heavy hairspray to keep it flowing and effortless. 

 

Story by Ashley Ropati.