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July 28 2014

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18 posts tagged "Braids"

The Cornrow Craze Continues

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Some celebrate the beginning of summer around the grill…and others welcome the warmer months with a new ‘do. Two Brit beauties, model Malaika Firth and pop star Rita Ora, are beating the impending heat (and frizz) with cornrows. While the catwalker showed off her braiding skills on Instagram, Ora took to the stage at BBC Radio 1′s Big Weekend in Glasgow, Scotland, with platinum plaits and Technicolor ends. With Queen Bey already jumping on the bitty-braid bandwagon, we have a feeling we’ll see many a Bo Derek-esque moment on the beach.

For inspiration throughout the ages, check out our brief history of the iconic hairstyle.

The Cornrow Trend Grows in Sydney

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The reign of the cornrow continues in Australia, with these braids and dip-dyed ends showing up on the runway at Di$count (snapped by Style.com’s associate news editor, Katharine K. Zarrella). This plait seems to be seeking world domination for Fall 2014—staking its claim on the catwalk from New York to Sydney.

Cara Delevingne Remains Loyal to the Cornrow

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Cornrows have proven to be the braid of choice for Fall 2014 (at least thus far), but super Cara Delevingne embraced the plait long before it became a trend. She told British Vogue that while everyone around her deemed her bitty braids a beauty disaster, she thought they “looked fucking cool.” (Judging by their most recent runway shows, it appears designers like Adam Selman and Marchesa cofounders Georgina Chapman and Keren Craig agree.) Delevingne demonstrated her ongoing support of the look at last night’s Elle Style Awards in London, where she braided one side back to show off the multiple tattoos on her ear. The catwalker sported something similar at the Met Ball (albeit the plait was on the opposite side), but we have to applaud a woman who knows what she likes—even when popular opinion is weighed against her—and sticks with it.

“Sweet and Sour” Beauty, Backstage at Marc by Marc Jacobs

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marcbymarc“It’s a little bit ninja, a little bit manga, a little bit Wednesday Addams,” hair pro Guido Palau explained of the inspiration behind the braided pigtails at Marc by Marc Jacobs. “The clothes are a bit more sophisticated this season, so the hair had to be quite young, but still have an edge to it—a sweet-and-sour kind of effect.” He began by working Redken Shape Factor 22 sculpting cream through the strands, rough-drying them, and finishing with a Pillow Proof Blow Dry Two Day Extender (a dry shampoo) for texture and control before forming two schoolgirl-esque plaits. Then a black headband was slipped on and the hairline scruffed up to lend the look a punky vibe. The end result was “a cartoonish kind of a character,” Palau noted.

To help those pigtails feel more badass, makeup pro Dick Page densely rimmed the upper and lower waterlines using black cream liner and a soft lip brush, then “piled on the mascara.” He kept the skin as bare as possible—opting out of both a mouth and a cheek. “It’s the gesture of a kid who is trying makeup for the first time,” he said. Well, at least one who’s very adept at applying eyeliner.

Photo: Sonny Vandevelde; Indigitalimages.com

Braid Brigade

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The braided mohawk Kate Bosworth wore to the premiere of Big Sur in New York City last night was a flashback to Fendi Fall 2013, where hair pro Sam McKnight adorned a similar punk-inspired plait with tufts of fox fur. If you have yet to figure out your Halloween costume, take a cue from the red carpet and the runway, add some colorful fluff from crown to forehead, and go as one very glamorous cockatoo.

Photos: Getty Images; Luca Cannonieri / InDigital | GoRunway