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The Beauty And The Braid: 5 Styles You Need To Try

27 May 2016

For those who like to whip their hair back and forth, it's time to take your sweet swag to the next level. Here, 5 hair braids you must try.

The Milkmaid Braid

Otherwise known as 'Heidi braids', the milkmaid braid is your relaxed-cool yet stunning solution to both day and night and still proves one of the most divine ways to wear your hair as an updo. Ideal for those with mid-length to long hair, this hairstyle is achieved by first parting the hair at the centre, forming two regular braids, then bringing these to the top of the head to wrap around and pin like a headband. Often worn as a crown, you may position your milkmaid braid a little further back if you wish to show a bit of a fringe - a popular look.

Hairspiration: Olivia Palermo, Vanessa Hudgens, Margot Robbie, Sienna Miller.


Maybe J-Lo's "love don't cost a thing", but the cornrows in that video were definitely worth the money. Since cornrows are one of the most versatile hair braids, you can easily wear them in several ways. For example, you may opt for a full head of cornrows with the option of having a creative design to include meandering knots or circular patterns. Or alternatively, have your hair out curled or straight with just a small section of cornrows on the upper side where sultry effortlessly meets edgy. If you've been wanting to spice or sharpen your look, then these braids are right for you.

Hairspiration: Jennifer Lopez, Ludacris, Zendaya, Cara Delevingne, Alicia Keys.

The Fishtail Braid

As the name suggests, this braid boasts a herringbone pattern where the intricate detailing shows a more refined look than your average braided ponytail. A-listers Kerry Washington, Nina Dobrev and Joan Smalls nailed this look, while Blake Lively is no stranger to the fishtail; the starlet has worn this braid on the red carpet more than once and with complete elegance every time. These stars prove that when worn with the quintessential outfit, the fishtail braid can resonate both chic and allure.

Hairspiration: Blake Lively, Ciara, Ashlee Simpson, Eva Longoria, Shailene Woodley.

The Upside Down Braid

Really turn heads and keep them guessing how you're just so easy breezy. Both ultra cool and charming, this look is the opposite of the French braid - really, it's just that but upside down (like a braided mohawk). This hair style utilises the French braiding technique and regardless of being messy, slightly tasseled or tightly done, is awesome for uniquely topping off your look for an evening occasion. Often, this upside down braid is finished with an unconventional top knot or a side-swept fringe.

Hairspiration: Teresa Palmer, Jennifer Morrison, Jessica Alba, Mena Suvari.

The Dutch Braid

Most popular in the form of double dutch pigtails which are perfect for your next gym sesh, the dutch braid is very similar to the French braid except now, the hair is braided from underneath. By doing so, the braids appear more cushion-like and with fuller volume as they smoothly sit on the top of your head. Aside from dutch pigtails, the single Dutch braid is an ample selection for formal occasions, whereas the headband Dutch braid can be manipulated for both work or play.

Hairspiration: Rita Ora, Kate Hudson, Chrissy Teigen, Selena Gomez.

Ladies and Gentleman, you'll find the perfect braid for you at Chevron Renaissance's Beads & Braiding, open 7 days a week from 10am - 6pm, located on the ground floor. Choose between several hair braid designs, beads and even have colourful pieces intertwined for attaining the look you desire in the hands of passionate professionals.

Don't get it twisted, get it braided!