We all know that Olivia Palermo has some of the best hair in Hollywood, but her new style just in time for summer has us all swooning!
The classic French braid is perfect for those warm summer nights, a must-have for hiding greasy hair, and is ideal for windy weather. Use some of our favourite products below to create this easy look, just like Olivia.
1. Comb through the hair, then run some hair mousse focusing on your roots. This is essential for taming any flyaways, and will keep the style in place all day long.
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2. If your hair is damp, use a light serum on the ends. Not only will it make them look super-shiny, but will actually be easier to braid.
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3. Start a braid at the very top of your scalp, but dividing hair into 3 even sections. As the braid gets bigger, you will need more hair to continue it down to the nape of the neck. If you need a little help with this step, use a small, hand-held mirror to see what you’re doing.
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4. Secure the braid with a thin elastic at the end. If you want more of a lived-in look, pull at the length of the braid. To create more drama at the roots, tease hair outwards, then mist with setting spray.
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Long hair can be quite difficult to style yourself since it’s often too much to handle for one person. French braids work well for every hair type, since they are easy to learn and will hold hair for hours on end before untangling. All you need is some hairspray, a little patience and a good technique.
1. Brush your hair out carefully so there are no knots and tangles. Decide whether you want to leave out your fringe (if you have one) or side layers, and quickly pull that hair to the front so it won’t interfere with the rest of the braid.
2. Then start by taking a small section from the top of the head. Then separate it into three main strands – this will be the foundation of your french braid.
3. To start off, use the right strand and cross it over the middle, then cross the left side over the middle. This will begin to look like a normal plait.
4. Switch the braid over to your left hand, then take a small section from the right and add it onto the strand. This will make the braid thicker and longer as you keep plaiting it. Remember to keep the braid nice and tight to the scalp so it won’t fall out.
5. Keep braiding until you have reached the nape of your neck. By this stage, the braid should feel tight and as close to the scalp as possible. If you have made a mistake along the way, now is the best time to fix it before finishing up.
6. Now onto the easiest part! Simply braid the rest of your hair as usual, then secure with a hair tie. Spritz some hair spray onto the hair to hold it into place, or even some sea-salt spray so it can develop some nice curls until you choose to take it out.
- As with most hairstyles, this technique will take lots of practice before you achieve an easy braid. Keep a mirror behind if you are finding it difficult to see what’s happening back there.
- Make sure to brush your hair well before starting. This will make it so much easier to finish the french braid, since no hair will get caught along the way.
- If you’re finding it difficult to master the technique, why not try it on someone else first! This will allow you to improve the braiding technique, while you can also see what you’re doing before attempting the hairstyle on yourself.
- People with many layers may find it difficult to keep a neat french braid. This all comes down to personal preference, since many braids look even better when they’re slightly undone.
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By Felicia Sapountzis
Anyone with hair thick will often tell you that complex hairstyles just don’t work with a super-thick hair. Plaits always fall out, elastic bands are never tight enough, and don’t even think about straightening or curling it (it takes hours!). Stick to no-fuss hairstyles which are easy to achieve and won’t leave your thick hair in knots by the end of the day. Below are just a few hairstyles to try on very thick hair.
1. Wavy locks
Long, thick hair looks gorgeous with a bit of body and bounce, especially on a night out. If you don’t want to use a curler or straightening iron to achieve this look, simply take freshly washed hair and spray some sea-salt lightly through the ends. Then leave to air-dry, or use a diffuser on cool and lightly dry the ends. This should create a sexy hairstyle which is quick and flattering on thick hair.
2. Low side ponytail
Sick of constantly styling your hair down? Try this simple look to create body at the crown, and show off your luscious and thick hair. Simply part off your hair and pull the ponytail to your preferred side. This look is supposed to feel very ‘undone’ so if your hair slips out at any point or starts to loosen, it will only add to the look. Leave out any layers or your fringe, then lightly curl the ends. This will give some extra body to the ends of your hair, then lightly mist your crown with hairspray to keep it bouncy and voluminous.
3. Modified French braid
If your hair is thick and doesn’t hold curls very well, this next hairstyle is just for you. Section your hair off near the crown, then do a French braid keeping as close to the head as you can. Proceed to pin this underneath your hair (you may require a lot of clips for this part). For the rest of your hair, brush it out with a Tangle Teezer ($29.95) to remove any knots or imperfections. Lightly spray a texturising mist at the ends, and scrunch up with your hands for extra volume.
- Thick hair can often result in more knots, especially around the nape of the neck so be careful to brush it out each time you wash your hair.
- A hair masque can often help to improve the feel and texture of thick hair, especially around the ends which can suffer due to increased exposure to heat. The Goldwell Dualsense Rich Repair 60 Second Treatment ($13.80) is perfect since it nourishes split ends and leaves hair feeling silky-smooth in just 60 seconds. Alternate with your regular conditioner and comb through hair to easily detangle any knots.
- Constantly tying your hair into a ponytail or top-knot can be painful for people with thick hair. Not only do they put pressure on the strands, but also on the crown of the head. Try to keep your ponytail low, or just leave your hair down if you suffer from this.
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By Felicia Sapountzis