Plaits Please!

  • 31st May 2013

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.



Braids Valentino Runway

Braids Valentino Runway, Photo Courtesy of: Vogue Paris Collections


But for Spring 2013, it’s the side-braid that’s fresh, fun and turning heads everywhere!


Rhianna's Braid

Rhianna, Photo Courtesy of: InStyle


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…



One Sided Braid Harper's Bazaar HK

Photo Courtesy of: Harper’s Bazaar Hong Kong

One sided French Braid

Photo Courtesy of: Estetica China





According to, 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.


Redken Rough Paste


Rough Paste Redken,, $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


Side Fish Tail Braid

Photo Courtesy of: Real Simple Magazine


“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.”


 Last Look!

Short history of braids through the ages ending with this season’s side sweeping style


Ancient Egyptian Braids

Ancient Egyptian Braids, Photo Courtesy of:

Navajo Braids

Navajo Braids, Photo Courtesy of:

Medieval European Braids

Medieval European Braids, Photo Courtesy of:


1940s Braids

1940s Braids Photo Courtesy of Instyle UK

1950s Braids

1950s Braids, Photo Courtesy of: Instyle UK

1960s Braids

1960s Braids, Photo Courtesy of InStyle UK


1990s Braids

1990s Braids, Photo Courtesy of InStyle UK

2000s Braids

2000s Braids, Photo Courtesy of InStyle UK


2013, Photo Courtesy of:  InStyle UK

2013, Photo Courtesy of: InStyle UK



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