Thanks to sporty, luxe-loving celebs like Gigi and Bella Hadid, braids are a seriously hot hair trend right now. “Braids have become so popular because of social media – everyone wants to have a go,” confirms Eden Dessalegn, founder of mobile braiding service Eden Stylz (@edenstylz). And the plaiting possibilities really are endless. “Braids are about expressing yourself,” adds Dessalegn. From box braids to cornrows and braided ponytails, braiding will take you from your workout to a meet-up with the girls in fresh, sportystyle. Time to get practising with these insider tips.
“The most popular braids are two rows,” says Dessalegn. But don’t stop there. “You can have four, six or eight cornrows,” Dessalegn adds. Pull them into a ponytail for your workout. Easy!
ALL HAIR TYPES
When braiding curly or wavy hair, Dessalegn suggests a quick wash and blow-dry first to smooth things out. Super-fine hair? Day two after washing is your moment. “It makes it easier to hold the hair when braiding,” she adds.
Want to give it a crack? Make sure you have the right tools in your kit. “Must-haves include a tail comb, brush, hair ties, clips, gel, hair oil, hairspray and hair elastics,” says Dessalegn. So go on, get creative and start braiding!