Cornrows, waterfall braids, rope braids, fishtail plaits, halo braids… yup, we are obsessed. Summer is in full flow and the only hairstyle we can get excited about in this heat is the plait and oh my, those stars are giving a LOT of good braid on Instagram. Even Jennifer Aniston is getting in on the act. And whether you have Pixie Geldof’s crop, Alexa Chung’s mid-length tresses or Beyonce’s luscious locks, there is definitely a plait for you. And where better to look for hair-spiration than the stars themselves on Instagram?! Here are our Top Insta-plaits…
1. The Halo
The Halo is the number one must-have plait this summer. Make like Beyonce and Alexa and wear it loose and disheveled with a fringe, or tidy those loose ends away for a glam evening look like Poppy. And for shorter hair, check out Pixie’s French-plaited half-Halo, which is the perfect ‘do for crops or that growing out in-between stage.
2. The Adorned
What better way to make that plait stand out from the rest, than adding flowers/crowns/jewellery?! Seek inspiration from boho queen, Florence Welch, with her fine gold chains, or Margherita Missoni, the ultimate flower girl who frequently pretties up her plaits with added headwear, even on her wedding day. And for a quick and easy do, make like Pixie Lott with a few tiny plaits with mini flowers tied on with cotton thread. Too.cute.
3. The Multi-Braid
Wowzas. These braids are definitely for the more dexterous fingered among us. See Mary Charteris’ complex take on the French plait, Bella Thorne’s twist and plait up-do, Emmy Rossum’s amazing Mohawk and Rita’s mixed up cornrow dream. The mind boggles.
4. The Fishtail
After Jen Aniston’s cute long fishtail popped up on Instaz at the weekend, we knew the mighty fishtail was back. Look to Bella Thorne and Blake Lively for the classic mermaid fishtail, or to Jen and Christina Milian for a more grown-up, glam affair.
5. The Cornrow
Let’s be honest, the Cornrow never really went away, but it’s deffo having a moment right now. Check out Adwoah’s simple neat ‘rows - perfect for taming short hair, or Rita’s two-tone plaits for more of a street edge. The versatile Cornrow is also perfect for creating the appearance of a side-sweep undercut, without taking the drastic buzz cut – just like models, Chanel Iman, Cara and Kendall.
6. The Pigtail Plaits
These may be the cutest plaits on the planet, but they do work best when kept for the beach. To avoid looking like an overgrown schoolgirl or even worse, a naughty schoolgirl at an office fancy dress party, pair with a bikini or simple vest. Step away from the cutesy dress and deffo keep that sexy top locked up. Think more like Alexa, Selena, Emmy or Chanel Iman and less like Katy Perry (or Pippi Longstocking).
7. The Up-Do
For a glam day-to-night look, the humble plait can twisted into all manner of up-do. From the bun (see Rita) to the chic chignon (see Emmy, Laura Whitmore and Bella), the possibilities are endless. So cancel that night out, immediately. You have a lot of plaits to practice.