Spring Hair Trends: Top Braided Hairstyles To Try (PHOTOS)

TheKit.ca  |  Posted: 05/10/2012 4:07 pm Updated: 05/10/2012 4:13 pm

Try a messy braid for an easy summer hairstyle.

By: Emily Reid, TheKit.ca

Over the weekend the America’s Next Top Model Live show took place in Toronto and the runways were rocking with Top Models from the hit show. Before the event we got a chance to get some insider tips from Rossa Jurenas, Essential Looks Artist and Canadian Hairstylist of the Year winner. We gave you the scoop on some looks that the models would we wearing, and now we have a way to get that look at home.

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Braids were the big look over the weekend, and have been continually sported this season on runways around the world. From wild bold braids to softer sweet styles, the braid is a versatile look that can work for any woman of any age. Rossa gave us tips on one braid trend that will be easy for anyone to rock this summer.

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An age neutral braid as recommended by Rossa involves a lightly textured side braid. Rossa suggest roughing up your hair with a mouse before styling, to keep the texture and hold throughout the day. Add volume at the crown by using a paddle brush or your fingers to create a tousled look. Gather hair to one side and start a braid at about ear length.

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If any pieces fall out don’t worry, this will add to the relaxed look. Once you have secured the braid at the bottom you can spray it lightly to give it extra hold, but be sure to leave it soft. This classic and simple style can be sported with any outfit throughout the summer, and you can dress it up or down depending on your mood. Make it your own by adding accessories into your hair like a clip, fresh flowers, or a headband.

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  • Long Hair: The Messy Braided Updo

    To get the loose and romantic look seen on Scarlett Johannson and Blake Lively, spray your hair all over with texturizer. Do two loose French braids, one on either side of your head (part your hair in the middle to rock the 70s bohemian trend). Don't worry if you have wispies here and there, that's part of the appeal. Work the braids down to the nape of your neck, pull both braids together, twist hair into a loose knot and pin.

  • Long Hair: The Milkmaid

    If your hair is really long, you can also try out the "milkmaid" look by creating two low braids on each side of your head, then winding the braids around your face to be secured behind each ear (<a href="http://trendsurvivor.files.wordpress.com/2011/07/rachel-mcadams-braids-hg-de.jpg" target="_hplink">Rachel McAdams</a> and <a href="http://www.cocoandcreme.com/cms/wp-content/uploads/2011/06/jessica-alba-braided-hairstyle.jpg" target="_hplink">Jessica Alba</a> have pulled off this sweet 'n sexy look). Keep it loose and wispy, but use enough pins to keep those plaits securely in place.

  • Really Long Hair: The Sidebun

    For this easy updo (seen on the gorgeous Zoe Saldana), start with loose curls -- all the better if you've got them naturally. Texturize and side-part your hair. Gather it all above one ear, pull and twist into a loose knot. Secure the knot with pins above your ear, allowing some of the hair to escape and frame your face with soft waves. Perfection not required.

  • Medium Length Hair: The Long Bob

    For this look, take a trip to your stylist to get this season's most versatile cut: the long bob. It's been a favourite style for, quite literally, a hundred years, but Simpson says this version (popularized by Kate Moss) is "not too clean and softer than the bob of yesterday." Once you've got the cut, the styling's a cinch -- after washing hair, squeeze out excess water, coat with an anti-frizz serum and blow-dry with a flat paddle brush. Add texturizer to bring out your hair's natural movement.

  • Medium Length Hair: Make it Wavy

    Once you've got the long bob happening, you can create the soft, wavy look seen recently on celebs like Charlize Theron and Kristen Wiig. If you're naturally straight, curl one-inch sections of hair with a small-barrel curling iron. If you're naturally curly, add a curl-enhancing product to your hair, then blow-dry with a diffuser.

  • Short Hair: Micro Bangs

    Blame it on 'The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo' if you want -- Simpson says one of the big trends this spring is very short bangs. It's not for everyone, and works best on darker hair (keep the rest of the hair on the short side too). It retains some of the "not too perfect" vibe of the trendy longer styles -- check out <a href="http://cs1.fashionising.com/media/hair-trends/very-short-bangs.jpg" target="_hplink">model Aymeline Valade</a> at the John Galliano spring/summer 2012 show for an elegant example.

  • Short Hair: The Textured Pixie

    "A very short, textured version of the 90s pixie cut was brought back in a 2012 kind of way," says Simpson, citing celebs like Emma Watson and Michelle Williams, who ushered in the trend with a relaxed sophistication. For this look, the cut's the thing and styling is a breeze. Chris Millan, the hairstylist behind Michelle Williams' Oscar look, says he combines a squirt of styling oil and a dollop of mousse, rakes it through her damp hair and dries it with a hair dryer and a round brush and fingers. Perfect for sunglasses, a patio and a tall, cool drink.

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