From ancient Egyptian braids to Greek Goddess styles to European braid buns, plaits have been around gracing the heads of women (and men) for centuries the world over.
But for Spring 2013, it’s the side-braid that’s fresh, fun and turning heads everywhere!
The look is not solely confined to the realm of elegant and long, but can be punked-up a bit, courtesy of the one-sided french braid…
According to beautydepartment.com, the perfect side braid begins with the right styling products. The recommendation: Redken Rough Paste. It’s a paste meets a pomade that has just the ideal amount of grit to actually allow the braid to stick.
Rough Paste Redken, amazon.com, $13.90
Styling a simple fish-tail side-braid is amazingly easy with these quick pointers from Isabel Guillen, stylist and braiding expert with the John Barrett Salon at Bergdorf Goodman, in New York City. She designed six braided styles for Real Simple magazine, the easiest and most au courant of which, we highlight here.
Side Fishtail Braid from realsimple.com
“This braid, which works best with longer hair, needs a bit of texture for hold; if your hair is straight, give it some wave by winding one-inch sections around a curling iron.
Gather your hair to one side in a low ponytail, securing it close to the base of your neck with a clear elastic. Next, create a fishtail braid: Separate the ponytail into two sections. Hold one section; with your other hand, take a narrow strip of hair from the outside of the other section and bring it over to the one in your hand.
Repeat, incorporating hair from one section into the other until you run out of hair; then secure with another clear elastic.
Finally, with a pair of scissors, carefully cut out the top elastic to give the braid a loose, casual look.
For a more bohemian effect, gently pull the braid apart with your fingers.”
Short history of braids through the ages ending with this season’s side sweeping style…