Glastonbury is almost here and along with the festival vibes, crowd-pleasing music, pools of mud and general tomfoolery, comes the burning question: What braids are you going to wear? We have the answer with these four, fresh styles.
Even if the only Somerset you're making it to is the MRT station, channel the festival's hippie chick vibe at daytime weddings, relaxed brunches and anywhere in between. Perfect them at home (enlist help from a friend or sister) using our step-by-step guide. If you're all thumbs, head down to blowout salon Prep to have them professionally done.
LOOK 1: BABY BRAIDS
1. The easiest look to master from the lot. Start by curling all the hair. Our stylist Maurice used the ghd Eclipse styler to attain these messy waves.
2. Take a strand of hair and starting from your parting, make a tiny French braid.
3. If you want to forgo a hair tie for a slightly undone look, use gel to hold the ends in place.
Makeup: Nars All Day Luminous Weightless Foundation, Chanel Rouge Coco in Sari Doré and Diorshow Designer Mascara in 090.
LOOK 2: MODIFIED FISHTAIL BRAID
1. Make a side part and start a three-strand Dutch braid.
2. When you reach your ear, gather more hair to do another Dutch braid.
3. Then, split your hair into two sections to start a fishtail braid. But instead of crossing over one strand, cross two strands to the opposite section — one over and one under.
4. To create a bigger and thicker braid, tug on the sides to expand it. But do keep the top fishtail braid smaller than the bottom one.
Makeup: Tom Ford Beauty Shade & Illuminate in Intensity One, Bobbi Brown Shimmer Brick in Bronze and Urban Decay Perversion Mascara in Perversion Black.
Cool tip: Our makeup artist Emma used a stencil and M.A.C Pro Longwear Paint Pot in White to perfectly create the tribal dots on our models' faces.
LOOK 3: CROWN BRAID
1. Part your hair in the middle, then separate it into two sections.
2. Take the loose side and start at the nape of the neck, splitting it into three strands.
3. Do an 'inside-out' French braid or Dutch braid, crossing the strands underneath each other instead of over.
4. With the opposite side, start at the top of the head, instead of the bottom.
5. With each braid tied with an elastic band, you can secure them with bobby pins to keep them in place, and tuck the tails underneath the other braid to hide them.
Makeup: Lash Republic Lash Singles in Medium, Urban Decay Afterglow 8-Hour Powder Blush in Score and Bobbi Brown Lip Gloss in Tangerine Coral.
LOOK 4: FAUX-HAWK BRAID
1. This look is the most difficult to achieve. Part your hair in the middle to create two separate sections.
2. From the first section of the hair, create a classic French twist.
3. From the other section of the hair, create a small Dutch braid.
4. Continue braiding the hair downwards from the small Dutch braid and you will end up with a small ponytail.
5. Tie the end of the ponytail with an elastic band. Use bobby pins to tuck in the ponytail neatly.
Makeup: Laura Mercier Crème Eyeliner in Noir, Stila All Over Shimmer Powder in Kitten and Marc Jacobs Beauty Sheer Lip Gel in Anais.
Photography: Vanessa Caitlin
Beauty Direction: Renée Batchelor
Styling Assistance: Andrea Sim
Makeup: Emma Haddock / Indigo Artisans
Hair: Maurice Chee / Prep
Models: Liv & Yana D / Upfront