Braids are great hairstyles for spring because they are youthful, flirty and fun. After keeping your hair under hats and scarves all winter, show it off this spring with some stylish braided hairdos.
The loose or messy braid works best with long hair that is not too heavily layered. Start by parting your hair on the opposite side as usual. Changing the part will add more natural lift at the root and give the non-braided section of hair more volume. For more lift at the roots, apply a volumizing mousse only to the top of your hair. Flip your head over and blow-dry upside down. Comb until all your hair is smooth and sleek. Gather all your hair at the base of your neck and put it in standard braid. Keep your tension loose. Secure the end of the braid with elastic that’s in a shade similar to your hair. Gently pull and separate the sections of the braid to give it a messy look. Finish with a light spray to add shine.
A sleek ponytail braid nestled high on your head is perfect for those springtime dress-up occasions like Easter brunch or a bridal shower. Apply a leave-in conditioner to control fly-aways and add shine to your hair. Brush until your hair is smooth and shiny. Gather your hair high on your head, either to one side or directly in the center-back of your scalp. Pull your hair tight and smooth it down on your scalp. Secure the ponytail with an elastic band next to the scalp. Braid the ponytail, keeping a somewhat tight, even tension. Wrap an elastic band at the bottom to keep the braid in place. For a seamless look, use elastics that are in a similar shade to your hair color.
A casual updo with braids is versatile spring hairstyle that can take you to a garden party, a spring dance or a night out with friends. Start by applying a volumizing mousse to your wet hair. Bend from the waist and blow-dry upside down for extra lift. Smooth your hair with your fingers but don’t brush it out. Select a few sections from the top layer of hair to braid. Choose a symmetrical look with four to 6 braids dispersed evenly over the top of your head or go with an asymmetrical design by creating two small braids on one side of your head and one medium-sized braid on the other. Pull back as you braid, not down, and secure the ends with elastic bands.
Gather your hair up and back towards the crown of your head. Slide an elastic over the hair to your scalp. Twist the elastic and slide your hair through it again, but stop about halfway or one-third of the way (depending on the length of your hair) to create a loopy bun. Use your fingers to spread the loose ends around the bun. They will stick out like starbursts from the center bun. Remove the elastic bands from the ends of the braids. Spray the updo with a firm-hold hairspray.