From warrior chic to mohawks: Braids that make news

  • Snigdha Ahuja, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
  • Updated: May 06, 2016 08:50 IST
Jacqueline Fernandezโ€™s stark partings make for a super glam look. Update your ponytail game for the season and give it your own fun spin. (Yogen Shah)

A sleek ponytail can get you out of any situation. From a bad hair day to styling confusion, whenever in doubt, a lot of us tend to cling to our favourite ponytails or braids. But, is it not great to give an update to your staple, go-to style? Well, there’s a way to put a chic spin on them.

We have hacked into a few celebrity looks to give you a few ideas. The recently held MET Gala also gave us a big dose of inspo, as Hollywood biggies gave off their best futuristic fashion vibe, with their hairdo being an accomplice. Are you itching to try one of these?

For actor Jacqueline Fernandez, her waist-length hair is a fun, fashion playground. Hairstylist and beauty expert Namrata Soni gave the actor what she calls “extreme partings” on her Instagram profile -- a summer-perfect style that is a departure from the usual ponytail. She created a two-tiered ponytail and ditched the hair clasps for her natural hair by tying her tresses at different points. While the style looks tricky, you can pull it off with a little practice.

God knows how @namratasoni got me to sit still through this.. May God bless you ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜˜๐Ÿ˜ƒ

A photo posted by Jacqueline Fernandez (@jacquelinef143) on


American actor Emma Robert’s auburn hair reminded us of old-school braids, with an avant-garde, super-stylish spin. With two braids at each side, the actor’s hairdo started off with two thick braids on each side, and ended up in a high-set, heart-shaped hairdo . Even if you can’t replicate the exact same style, the braided updo or the braided bun can bring in some edge.

Had the best time last night @toryburch #Metball ๐Ÿ’œ

A photo posted by Emma Roberts (@emmaroberts) on

Some of us are partial towards short hair, and these days, actor Prachi Desai has been spotted rocking a bob and having loads of fun with it too. While you’d usually think of tiny, sneaky braids that could be entwined in your short do, we love the fully-loaded crown-style braid that Desai opted for a recent promotion round. Just detangle your hair by spraying a bit of serum on your fingers and running them through its length. Now, section the front and create a braid that starts at the crown.

If you have short hair like actor Prachi Desai, quirk it up with a crown-style braid. (Yogen Shah)

Australian model Jessica Hart took over the MET Gala in her mohawk-style braid. A few YouTube videos are a must if you plan to try this at home. Now, imagine acing this style with a fully ethnic drape. Pair your summer-perfect linen sari with no jewellery, but add a punch of fierce with this braid. Your Instagram ‘heart’ meter would go in hyper mode!

Model Jessica Hart aced the Mohawk braid at the MET Gala. (instagram/1jessicahart)

Read: Sleek, red carpet looks or off-duty tresses? Which one’s your favourite?

Some jewelled GOT Inspo
While the braid in itself is not novel, the styling makes all the difference here. Many are calling the ever-evolving stylist Madonna’s hairdo at the MET Gala, Game of Thrones-inspired. And that maang teeka-style headpiece is another quirky addition. This hairdo is super easy to pull off. But, if you think that a traditional jewelled piece will not work with your look, go for your high-street picks and spruce them up with braids.

Madonna had fun with her hair with a non-fuss braid that she adorned with a maang-teeka inspired headpiece. (Eduardo Munoz/Reuters; Lucas Jackson/Reuters)

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