Braids induce major hair envy among most of us and for today's round of Friday Inspiration we are dedicating a post to the chicest style of them all!
Braided half up
The half up is everywhere and of course it has a braided version! For a smooth yet thick and braidable style, use AG Hair - Colour Care BB Cream Total Benefit Hair Primer that smooths out frizz and thickens hair.
The braided side "cut"
This is the side cut for those of us who don't actually dare to cut a side cut... An edgier braid perfect for a night out! For a glamorous feel like here, use a curling iron with a big barrel, like this one from Babyliss, on the rest of your hair to get those gorgeous big curls that go great with the edgier side braid.
Barefoot blonde braid
We can't talk about braids without mentioning the Instagram queen of braids, Amber Fillerup Clarke. She is a master of braids and we love to go to her for inspiration. To copy this one, you might need to start by adding some extensions... To get some well needed texture in your own hair, apply KMS California Hair Play Sea Salt Spray for some extra bulk before braiding.
The braided crown
Another classic! The braided crown requires some hold so make sure to spray some JOICO JoiFix Medium Finishing Spray when you're happy with the messy look.
The second day braid
Braids like this one on Olivia Palermo is ideal for second (or third, forth, fifth...) day hair! The somewhat messed up curls and textured roots make the perfect base for this braid, just make sure to cover up potential oily hair and add some more texture with a dry shampoo like our favorite one from OSIS.
The braided bun (perfect for short hair)
Braids are not just for long hair, the shorter styles can also pull of a creative braid like this take on the braided bun. Fine hair might need a little help in the texture department for this double braid, use OSIS+ Dust It Mattifying Powder in the roots for some extra bulk.
The back braid
The loose bun with a little extra! Another look that's perfect for hiding dirty hair. Just apply some OSIS+ Refresh Dust Texture in the roots and you are good to go another day without washing your hair!
Two braids are better then one
We've seen a lot of this style for 2016 and who doesn't love when such a low maintenance look goes in style? If you spent too much time heat styling and coloring your hair in 2015, do like Kim Kardashian and apply a deep conditioning mask like Moroccanoil Intense Hydrating Mask before braiding it to give it some well earned rest and recovery time.
Party in the back, business in the back? Something like that! This combo style is giving us major hair goals and the key here is applying plenty of texture (like KMS Hair Play Sea Salt Spray & OSIS Refresh Dust Texture) for the braid part and smooth and shine (OSIS+ Magic Finish Anti-Frizz Shine Serum will do both parts) for the ponytail.
The fishtail braid is another classic we cant seem to get tired off. This one looks extra good with the defined curls along side it. If you struggle with getting defined curls like this, try applying TIGI Catwalk Curls Rock Amplifier before curling them and make sure to finish off with a finishing spray like JOICO JoiFix Medium Finishing Spray before you let them rest until completely cool.