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The braid parade

Side swept braids are the new carefully-careless chic trend on the red carpet.

fashion and trends Updated: Feb 03, 2011 01:23 IST
Roma Arora

The messy, bed head, grunge look has been a favourite with the lovers of boho style.

But last week, when the red carpet events, both in India and abroad, saw the chic ladies sporting a disheveled, braided hairstyle with couture gowns; one couldn’t help but take note of their strategically simple hair dos contrasted with their luxe, silken gowns.

Hollywood style divas
TV host Minka Kelly, actor Selena Gomez and socialite Kim Kardashian wore their hair in messy side braids at red carpet premieres. Closer home, actor Prachi Desai wore her hair in a knotty, loose braid with a ruffled pink gown at an awards function, while Dia Mirza sported a posh version of the braid. Veteran actor Rekha also wore her hair in a long, loose, braid.

Not just the red carpet, the Spring runways of Alexander Wang, Miu Miu and Lela Rose too, were dominated by the side braids. Make up artist Bharat Godambe says, “Loose braids on the red carpet is a new and brave trend, earlier the Bollywood stars were so iffy about making a not-a-hair-out-of-place statement that they would often try out the hair style days in advance. It’s nice to see them letting the hair down… literally.”

In vogue
The braid hair look makes an appearance on the red carpet perhaps as a ripple effect to the restraint chic fashion philosophy that has been doing the rounds for some time. Hair and beauty expert Samantha Kochhar says, “Messy braids are casual, comfortable and give a very relaxed chic look as nobody always wants to look as if they came straight after making a mercy dash to their hairstylist.”

An easy-to-do hairstyle, “it looks great at formal events too. Side braids can work both for day as well as night look and can also save you on a bad hair day,” says designer Anjalee Kapoor.

Wear it this way!
If you too, want to flaunt the braid look like a diva, Mumbai based hair stylist Vikas Marwah, tells how to do it
the right way:

Pull all of your hair over to one side and comb them well. Braid the hair from the right side, beginning just above your right ear and make a long braid.

Once the braid is in place, tie the end with an elastic hair tie or a bright hair band.

Finally, take very small pieces of hair near the end of the braid and pull them free to give an unfinished look.

Things to keep in mind
Smoothen the stray hair: Smooth away the short hair that you intentionally leave, or else the hair can look very dull and dehydrated. Use glossing cream — an amount of the size of a pea in the palm of your hand, rub your hands together and then lightly smooth your hands across your hair to flatten any stray hair.

Length matters: Boho braids work on anyone with medium to long hair. It doesn’t work that well on short hair because the braid needs to be swept across to one side and go behind the ear. But if you still want to try the look go for hair extensions that are available at most salons and beauty stores between Rs 250-500.

Ways to glam it up: To add glam factor to your hairstyle, you can pep up the look with a flashy hair band, a vibrant ribbon, jewelled pins or a flower behind your ear.