Braids are back and cooler than ever

Get your Pollyanna costume ready and begin practicing your yodel Heidi, because braids are back in! Humidity and late nights play havoc with our hair, and if you need a quick fix to tame your mane then braids are going to change your life. No longer restricted to school girls and fictional goody-goodies, braids are now trending on runways as social media like nobody’s business.

BloomMe pro-tip: braids are best done on dirtier hair, or hair laced with product, as it will help it to hold better. Clean hair will just slip out of your fingers.

 

The Boxer Braid (think Million Dollar Baby hair)

 

Perfect for the gym (or for looking like you just went to the gym) this style is a lifesaver for busy bees. This braid uses the French braid technique, so start with your hair parted into two sections (use a comb for maximum precision). Secure the side you’re not working with with a tie or a clip to avoid it getting in the way. Beginning from the front, begin to braid your way down your part making sure to only add hair to the braid when it’s smooth and without bumps (you can’t take the bumps out easily once it’s braided.) Repeat on the other side and then get ready to jump into the ring and kick ass.

Fishtail Braids (think Woodstock queen hair)

Fishtails look super tricky, but they’re actually not too hard to master. Start by sectioning of your mane into two even sections. Hold both sections in one hand, and use the other hand to grab one small section from one chunk, and move it across to the outside of the other chunk. Now do the same from the second chunk (move one section across to the outside of the other). Don’t be worried about it getting messy, just like Enrique Iglesias circa 2007 the wilder and more untamed the better.

Halo Braid (think of a cute beer maid at Octoberfest)

With this style, the more fly-aways the better (you don’t want it to look too polished). Start by parting your hair down the centre. Then, at the nape of your neck on your left side begin creating an inverted French braid following your natural hairline. Continue braiding around the equator of your head until you reach back around to the back. Hair will be in your face for most of this so make sure that you can do the inverted braid without being able to see (Jedi skills will be most useful here).

Waterfall Braids

I know we’re not supposed to be chasing waterfalls but when a braid looks as elegant and awesome as these, it’s hard not to tell TLC you’re going your own way. Although this braid looks difficult, it’s actually surprisingly easy. Braid your hair as normal, except where you’d pick up more hair from top t bottom, simply drop the top strand so it effortlessly cascades down giving you this gorgeous fairy like look!

Twisted Crown Braids

Game of Thrones might be over for the year but who says we have to go cold  turkey? This braid is not only super easy but will make you feel like you’re sitting on the iron throne. Simply divide a section of hair into two pieces and overlap them as you go round your head, gradually adding more hair to each section as you go along.

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Braids are back and cooler than ever Get your Pollyanna costume ready and begin practicing your yodel Heidi, because braids are back in! Humidity and late nights play havoc with our hair, and if you need a quick fix to tame your mane then braids are going to change your life. No longer restricted to…