Plait Expectations; Follow These Top Tips from the Experts to Get the Summer's Hottest Style, for a Braid That Blake Lively Would Be Proud Of

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Plait Expectations; Follow These Top Tips from the Experts to Get the Summer's Hottest Style, for a Braid That Blake Lively Would Be Proud Of


BRAIDING hair while damp, using a texturising product and choosing from the French, fishtail or halo are all ingenious beauty hacks to get the perfect plait.

Now hair and beauty experts have revealed the 10 best tips for braiding - this summer's biggest hair trend.

Celebrities, bloggers and stylists have all been snapped rocking the look and the beauty world has gone mad for the various styles of plaiting that can be easily recreated at home.

Braids are a go-to style for Kim Kardashian and her sister Khloe - even little North West is in on the hottest hair trend.

Other celebrity fans include Fearne Cotton and Laura Whitmore.

From the traditional French plait to the edgy fishtail technique and the ethereal halo braid, which wraps around the head, whatever your style, there is a plait to suit you and your outfit.

Pro tips on creating the best braid at home also include plaiting hair before you go to bed so you can wake up to a stylish messy look, styling on wavy or curly hair and even using extensions to add length to your plait.

Joanne Dodds, from Hairtrade.com, said: "Braids were all over the spring/ summer catwalks and they've now become a big trend in the hair and beauty world.

"There's a range of styles to choose from and they are all very fashionable this season. Celebrities including Blake Lively, Taylor Swift and Perrie Edwards from Little Mix have all been spotted sporting a type of braid.

"By using these hacks, creating your own signature braid at home has never been easier. It may look tricky - but it's really not."

1BRAID WHEN WET Braid hair when it is damp to create a tight and secure finish. The water traps unruly smaller hairs in the plait, which means no flyaways.

2ADD TEXTURE Before starting the braid, use a texturizing spray or powder all over the hair. This will calm frizz but give the hair volume - and make the style more secure.

3START SIMPLE There's no need to jump straight into complicated French plaits and fishtails as a novice - start with a simple plait down the length of a ponytail. By slowly working up your technique, you will master the more unusual styles. …

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