By NICKY CHAMP
Braided hairstyles have so many perks: they disguise unwashed hair, make regrowth look completely intentional, sweep annoying fringes out of your eyes and in the case of the braided undercut it’s a less permanent alternative than shaving the side of your head a la Allice Dellal or Miley Cyrus.
If the last time you braided hair was on your Cabbage Patch Kid roughly 20 years ago or you haven’t yet managed to master the art of self-braiding never fear because we’ve rounded up three experts in the hair biz to give you the tips and tricks you need to pull off any braided ‘do.
The Braided Undercut.
The braided undercut has been spotted on models Chanel Iman and Delevingne at the punk-themed Met Gala in May this year and on celebs like Kristen Stewart, Khloe Kadashian and Jennifer Aniston. Yes, Jennifer Aniston.
The Blowdry Boutique teaches us how to easily get a edgy, bohemian look with the braided undercut:
Step 1: Wash the hair with an anti-frizz shampoo & conditioner. Part hair with a comb evenly to one side (shorter side being where you will construct the braid)
Step 2: Guard the hair with a heat protector gel (like evo hot tool shaper) then blowdry the hair dead straight keeping the hair parted. Slide clip the larger side parted hair (use hair spray to make part neat and tidy) to make it easier to control the braid.
Step 3:. On the shorter side of the part – take three sections and start braiding, keep adding to your foundation until you have reached your desired length of braid.
Step 4: Using a small clear elastic, tie off the braid. Pin and hide the end of the braid at the nape of the neck and secure with bobby pins.
Step 5:. Using the comb, tidy up the fly aways on the braid with hairspray.
Note: you can also twist the hair instead of braiding it. And if you need more visuals, check out the video from Refinery 29 below:
The Side Braided Fringe.
International hair stylist, Barney Martin says winter is an excellent time to wear braids as the style is keeps “frizz-prone hair at bay and avoids the fly-away affect”.
Martin’s steps for how-to do the side braided fringe:
Step 1: Part your hair into a deep side part and plait down the hairline towards your face. For a tighter look keep the plaits smaller with less hair and for a chunkier look, incorporate more hair into the plait.