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Braids make a big, yet subtle comeback

By Jasmine Maki
Grand Forks Herald
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    At the 2013 American Music Awards Kelly Osbourne chose a gorgeous braided hairstyle. The hair from the sides of her crown were crafted into a braid that started at the center, and then proceeded to make its way into a braided bun just above the nape of her neck.
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    Katy Perry attends the 15th NRJ Music Awards wearing a high braided bun with a long plaited ponytail extending out of it.
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    Model Heidi Klum attends The 40th Annual People's Choice Awards wearing a very original maximum tail braid.
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    Shinghai Shoniwa attends "The Harry Hill Movie" World Premiere at Vue Leicester Square on December 19, 2013 in London, England.

More Information

  • Wearing braids
  • Tips for braiding hair

    • Use hair spray and brush through beforehand to keep hair from slipping.

    • Section hair off and pin back excess, so it doesn’t get in the way.

    • For updos, use bobby pins along the way to hold braids.

    • Use a small clear rubber band to secure the braid.

    • Apply ample amount of hair spray to finish and hold the braid.

    • Add ribbon or beads to braids to create a new look.

    • Pull hair to loosen the braid and create a messy look.


  • 3 braids

    Waterfall braid Start braiding from the temple to the back of the head. The waterfall braid is similar to the French braid, but each third strand is left loose to create the waterfall effect.

    Fishtail Start with two large sections of hair. Take a small section from one side and move it to the other side. Do the same with the opposite section, and repeat until you reach the end of your hair.

    Something different Pull the hair out a little after the braid is complete, for a loose, slightly messy look that’s still cute.



Whether it’s an elegant braided updo or a simple side braid, plaits have been seen everywhere from the runway to the red carpet, to the office. And many brides are choosing to incorporate the trend for their walk down the aisle.

Prep and hold

Before beginning a braid, try using a bit of product.

“Mine, I always spray with hair spray because it’s slippery,” said Tara Nelson, a hairstylist in Grand Forks, N.D.. “I'll spray it and brush it through because it gives you a little tack.”

Smith agreed, saying it’s always good to use some type of product beforehand.

To hold the braids in place for updos, use bobby pins or sew the braids in place with thread that matches the hair.

Beginner braids

For someone with little experience braiding hair, stylists recommend starting with something simple.

Nelson said almost any length of hair can incorporate braids somewhere, but if someone wants a full braid, the longer the hair the easier it'll be.

Once someone learns the basics, it just takes practice to master the style. Nelson said she taught herself how to French braid because her mom was never good with braids.

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