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Trend Watch: The Season of the Braid

Once reserved exclusively for schoolgirls or the gym, this year has seen braids emerge as one of the key hair trends of the season.

From the SS16 catwalks of  Gucci and Herve Leger (above) to celebrities including Karlie Kloss and Cara Delevingne, plaits are everywhere – and thankfully, there is a plethora of styles to choose from. Whether you want to look on-trend at one of the summer’s festivals or need something simple and chic for the office, there will be a braid for the occasion.

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Boxer braids – This braid is the on-trend plaited style for 2016. Glamorous enough for an evening out but practical enough to hold up at a pool party, it’s also incredibly versatile and will easily take you from day through to night. Enlist a friend to help get your braids as sleek as possible, and don’t forget a misting of shine spray to keep the look glossy and groomed.

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The braided up-do: In need of some wedding guest hair inspiration? We suggest instantly updating your classic up-do with the addition of a beautiful braid or two. You can opt for full milkmaid braids, or twist a single braid around your hairline for a pretty boho look – whichever style you choose, you’ll have a look that’s both elegant and on-trend. If you’ve got a garden party or similar to attend, then it will also cope with being weather-tousled better than a sleek chignon.

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Mini braids: The perfect way to give a nod to the trend without committing to the full look, mini plaits are the easiest way to embrace the braids. Plait small sections of hair at random, or go for an edgier finish with a parting plait like Cara. Teamed with loose beachy waves, this look is ideal for festivals or cool balcony nights on holiday.

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The single braid: Simple and chic, this look is perfect for the office or running errands. The key to keeping the look young is to make sure it doesn’t look too severe – add a mattefying powder before styling for an undone texture, and keep the front of your hair loose.

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