Withstanding the test of time, plaits and braids are hairstyles that have a special place in the hearts of women all over the world. A classic hairstyle that has gone through several twists and turns, if you’ll excuse the pun, giving us all a number of variations to choose from. Over the years, the braid, in its many different forms, has remained a constant amongst hair trend; and spring 2013’s hair trends are no different.
It’s not uncommon for different fashion shows to showcase their own take on this evergreen hairstyle – every now and then, however, one designer manages to propel a particular look into the limelight. There was the side braid of 2010, and now there’s the half braid.
Read on after the break for a full how-to guide for the half braid. Don’t forget that if you’d like to keep up to date with all the latest hairstyles and trends throughout the coming year, you can sign up to Fashionising.com’s newsletter or like us on Facebook.
Herve Leger with the help of hair styling expert, Lairent Philippon of Bumble and Bumble, revamped the humble plait / braid hairstyle to make it look sleeker and more modern for spring / summer 2013, combining it with 2013’s side parted hair trend. Simple but still chic, it’s a gorgeous and almost futuristic twist on a classic hairstyle that works everything from short bobs to the longest of hair cuts.
Half braid hairstyle
Prep your hair by applying either heat protecting spray or some anti-frizz serum to damp or half dried hair. This will help give your hair that extra sleek look.
Straighten your hair out by blow drying it using a flat brush. For a sleeker look, take a flat iron and iron your hair straight in 1 inch sections.
Create a side part. You can pick either side of your head, and this largely comes down to how your hair sits and what suits you best. However, not that your half braid / half plait will be created on the same side of the part.
Now it’s time to create the braid / plait. The half braid hairstyle from Herve Leger’s show features a cornrowed strand. You can create this or you can opt for the (the easier to style) classic braid. The half braid starts from the ear and works towards the rear of your head. On the same side of your hair that you created your side part, start by taking a 1 inch section of hair from the back of your ear and then braid or cornrow this strand backwards to create a long braid.
Secure your braid with a pin to the opposite side of your nape – if you started the half braid from your right ear, you should pin it to the left of your nape and vice versa. The trick here is to pin the half braid / plait over the rear section of your straightened hair and then under the hair of the opposite side of the braid’s starting point. It can be pinned as far forwards as your opposite ear. The picture below shows this with long hair.
Section the top half of your hair opposite your side part. Twist the section to keep it held together, then pin it backwards hiding it under your remaining half head of hair. It will be pinned in a similar spot to your half braid.
Finish the half braid hairstyle and hold it firmly in place by using hairspray or by selectively combing gel into the straightened parts of your hairstyle.
For more inspiration on styling the half braid browse through the picture gallery by clicking on the thumbnails above. You can also find more hair inspiration for your spring 2013 hairstyle by following that link.