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With the summer sun shining ( well, as much as possible for the UK) we can’t help but get our heads into holiday mode. The sun, sea, sand and of course the summer festivals!

The summer sees a whole new range of trends and styles! Everything from shoes to makeup is suited to the laid back summer vibe. So grab your gladiator sandals and your bikinis as summer is just around the corner!

You know that old saying “top to bottom”, let’s start from the top and introduce you to your must have hair styles. You know what that means? Braids. Braids everywhere!

The braid (or plait) is arguably the most versatile hair style, as it can suit any hair type, from long to short, thick to thin. It can also be one of the easiest styles to achieve. Whichever magazine you look at or whichever celebrity Instagram page frequent you will see a braid.

There are so many different styles of braids and plaits! To help you guys get summer style ready, we are going to go through the most popular and the easiest styles.



The French Plait

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The French plait is the OG of all plaits. It’s easy to do and can be done in a single or double style. All it requires is three sections of your hair at the top which you then begin to plait, the further down your head you go the more hair you collect so all of your hair is included in the plait. You can either do a standard or inverted plait (this means that the plait looks like it’s within your hair whereas with the inverted it looks like the plait is 3D.

The best thing about the French plait is that it looks good messy and also neat, it just depends on your hair (my hair is permanently messy, it doesn’t know the meaning of neat).

If you feel like pushing the boat out then you can take some festival inspiration and apply glitter to your roots. All you need to do this is air gel and glitter. Or you can channel your inner Kylie Jenner and attempt the rainbow plait. Either way, you’re set for a fun summer!

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The Fishtail Plait

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If you consider yourself to be more of an intermediate/experienced plaiter (no I’m not sure that’s a word either) then why not try the fishtail! The fishtail is a bit more of a complex style but once complete it gives you a more impressive hair style.

This plait can be done as a single or a double, also it can start from different potions on your head. You can have it from the top or you can tie your hair in a low ponytail and start from there.

You can also apply colour and glitter to this style dependent upon how mermaid-esque you want to look. If you’re feeling adventurous try adding flowers and rings to the plaits!

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The Halo

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The previous two braids can be done by people who have any length of hair really but the halo is mainly for people who have long hair. Better start growing those bobs out ladies!

The halo is like a French plait but it goes around your head instead of down your neck. I personally favour this style because when its super-hot you just want the hair off the back of your neck. There are two ways to create this style, the easier way and the more secure way (I choose the easy way).

To complete the plait the easy way you tie your hair in a side pony. Lift the pony up and begin to plait upwards. Once you have completed the plait tie your hair with a bobble, then wrap the plait around your head and use bobby pins to stabilise it.

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The more secure way is to start from the bottom of your head and French plait the hair, their means that the plait is attached to your head via the hair and not bobby pins. Once you have French plaited your way around the head you can use pins to add more stability.

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French Plait to Bun

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This hairstyle is a sure fire way to mix up a messy bun! Plus it’s super easy to do. Win- win situation! All you need to do is turn your head upside down, then from your neck begin to French plait your hair to you get to the top of your head. Once you have done this tie the rest of the hair into the bun. Then the hairstyle is complete!

It can also work the other way as you can have a braid going to a bun, you just need to French plait from the top of your head and then tie it into a bun at the bottom.

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There are many more different styles out there and you can customise any one of these! The braid is the hair trend of the summer, it easy to do, looks good messy or straight and it a good work out for the arms. What’s not to love? Get braiding ladies!

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