It seems lately that wherever we turn, women have moved away from layers of curling-iron perfected curls and have opted instead to twist their hair out of their face and into a braid – with different styles producing a multitude of results. Once reserved for young schoolgirls, our favorite blogs, magazines, and tastemakers have sung the praises of this low maintenance hairstyle. Call it the “Katniss Effect”: A busy, badass chick needs a quick, reliable look.
For everyday, we’re big fans of a simple side braid, which stays secure while taking us from a full workday through a night out. For more formal occasions, try an easy bohemian look by weaving in pieces of lace or ribbon to a pair of pigtail braids and gathering them loosely in bun at the base of your neck, as seen on A Beautiful Mess. The best aspect of opting for a braid is the obvious fact that it’s still a “wash and go” style. No extra product or styling equipment is required to achieve braid perfection. With so many varieties of braids (fishtail, woven, French, side, rope, Heidi headband, braided bun – the list goes on and on), there truly is a style to suit every occasion or skill level.