Chic Weekend Braids You Can Do in Just 5 Minutes
As self-confessed Francophiles, we don't think we'll ever see the day that sipping on champagne, munching on baguette, and listening to Lou Doillon loses its appeal. We're also a fan of the Parisian code of beauty (nonchalance = King) of which breezy braids are an important part. Happily, So Frenchy, So Chic—aka the best French festival outside of France—is hitting Sydney this weekend, and it's got all this and more covered. Quelle joy!
Top of our list of things to do is visiting the Kérastase-sponsored Braid Bar for a brand new 'do. Whether you're attending and don't want to wait around to get coiffed (can't blame you when Nutella crepes are on offer), or you'll only be cruising the #SoFrenchySoChic hashtag, you'll be pleased to know you can also DIY a Parisian-esque braid. How? We reached out to Kérastase hairstylist Shantelle Neate for the intel on three easy weekend-friendly braids you can DIY in under five minutes. Magnifique, non?
Keep reading for the how-to's!
Step 1: Comb in a deep side part starting from your hairline and taking it back to the top of the head, then down to behind the ear on the opposite side. This section will form your braid.
Step 2: Apply a walnut-sized blob of Kérastase Forme Fatale ($40) to the separated section of hair from roots to ends, then create a three-strand braid and secure with a clear elastic.
Step 3: Wrap the completed braid towards the back of your head and pin under the hair behind your ear. Use a comb to blend the hair where the braid is pinned.
Step 1: Prep wet hair with a thickening spray-on gel and blowdry to add texture. Next, divide your hair into even two sections.
Step 2: Take a thin strand from the outside of either section, and bring it across to the inside of the opposite section. Do the same on the other section, and pull everything tight. Repeat until you get to the end of your hair and tie off with clear elastic.
Step 3: Soften the fishtail by gently pulling at each side of the braid from top to bottom to refine and add texture. Finish with a dose of Kérastase's Laque Couture ($38).
Step 1: Mist hair with a volumising spray (we like Toni&Guy's Glamour 3D Volumiser, $16), brushing it through to ensure even application. Carefully part hair down the middle and section into two.
Step 2: Create a three-strand braid on the left section going from the nape to the back of the ear and bringing the braid out in front of you. Continue adding hair from the top of the head, and secure with a clear elastic when complete. Repeat on the right side. (Keep the braid soft at the base to allow you to wrap the braids around the head without any buckling at the scalp.)
Step 3: Cross one braid over your head like a headband and pin in place. Repeat on the other side, crossing the second braid over the first. Finish off with hairspray for hold.