You’d have always complained to your mother for plaiting your hair during school days and making you look boring, but, if the recent trend on red carpets is anything to go by, stylish side braids seem to be the next big thing in vogue.
From Bipasha Basu to Kalki Koechlin, Chitrangda Singh and Dia Mirza, all these fashion-forward Bollywood actors were recently seen making a style statement with the side-braid look.
Apart from side braids, there are a host of other options for those who want to experiment. Beauty expert Naina Arora says, “One can go for the classic braid, French braid or even fishtail braid. They can also be converted into formal updos or wedding hairstyles.”
However, when going for any hairstyle involving a braid, the shape of the face should be kept in mind. “Braids look best on people with oblong, oval, diamond or round faces,” says hair stylist Kanika Bhardwaj.
“People with round faces can go for any style as braiding makes your face appear slimmer and longer. French or fishtail braids that leave a fringe or bangs on the forehead look good on people with a square or heart-shaped face,” says Arora.
Messy yet chic braids sometimes also go well with Bohemian looks. They can even be coupled with gowns and dresses with ‘V’ shaped or broad necks. You can also go for a casual jeans-tee look.
If you are wearing a one-shoulder dress, try the classic braid with your hair pulled back from the front, and let your braid fall on your bare shoulder. “You can flaunt a twisted fishtail braid with casual jeans and tees or summer dresses. The side swept bangs go well with side braids for casual looks,” says fashion stylist Riya Saluja.
Look princessy, yet relaxed with flower clips and bandanas. When wearing a gown, keep the hair accessories minimum and limited to jewelled pins or just wear a flower behind your ear. You can complete the look with danglers and a smart glittering clutch.
How to tie a messy french braid at home
1. Remove all the tangles from your hair. Also, If you have flyaway hair, use a good quality smoothing cream to settle it before braiding.
2. Divide the hair you want to braid into three sections. Also decide which direction you’ll weave your braid — you can weave from right to left or left to right, depending on whatever feels more comfortable.
3. Make a long braid on one side, beginning just above the ear, taking it all the way till the bottom.
4. Once the braid is in place, tie the end with an elastic hair tie or a nice bright hair band.
5. Finally, take very small pieces of hair near the end of the braid and pull them free to give an unfinished look. You could also curl the front sections to create a stylish tousled look.
6. Finish your look with funky hair accessories such as beaded pins and hair clips.
By Simran Chattwal, Persona Luxury Salon & Spa