The plait was back with a vengeance in 2010, so much so that if formed the basis for the year’s ‘it’ hairstyle: the side braid. Hair trends can last only so long, however, and so it is that the side braid is now a nice option as opposed to being a trend in its own right. Yet we at Fashionising.com are still fascinated with the braid and with the beauty its structure holds. So with summer 2011 happening in some parts of the world and autumn / fall 2011’s fashions on the horizons we thought we’d take the opportunity to look at the other plaited and braided hairstyles which are fresh, effortless, and simple to create.
Here’s one of those styles that comes straight from an autumn / winter 2011 / 2012 catwalk. One whose ‘how to’ guide you can experiment with and add to your repertoire of 2011 hairstyles. Seen on the runway at Nanette Lepore’s showing, this half up style with two braids works for either long hair, or a longish bob.
Read on to find out more about the hairstyle and to be taken through a how to. And don’t forget that to subscribe to Fashionising.com’s newsletter or RSS feed if you’d like to keep up to date with all of the latest hair and fashion trends and inspiration on how to wear them.
Hair products you’ll need
To style the half up and braided hairstyle you’ll need to have on hand some styling product (preferably a mousse and a hairspray), a hair straightener or curling wand, a comb, and a handful of bobby pins.
- if you have fine hair you should apply a styling mousse while your hair is damp. While drying it pull the roots forwards
- if you have thick hair and / or aren’t in need of don’t need of extra volume then spray your hair with hairspray to give it hold
A front view of a half up, two braids hairstyle on the catwalk.
It goes without saying that you could wear this double braid hairstyle with a wide variety of clothing styles and looks ranging from the very classic (a la Lepore) to the modern. It can lean to sporty, tomboy cool if worn with pared back makeup. Exaggerate the hairstyle’s texture for a look that’s straight off the beaches of summer, or cosy it up with autumnal furs and knits for autumn / winter.
But where the half up braided hairstyle really comes into its element is when you drape it in the gauzy layers of spring’s 70s flower-child chic fashions, and rock it with careless abandon.