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Shared with us by Peggie Huang, stylist at ARROJO Studio SoHo, we love both the artistry of this chunky plait on the bias, and the way the tail of the braid has been fanned out into wonderfully nonchalant wisps. Peggie was also kind enough to share her steps to creating this eye-catching look. Great for a night out, a weekend brunch, or even just keeping hair off of the neck in this Indian Summer, learn how to create it in the notes.

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I love braids. Though I’m passionate about them, I pretty much have two left hands when it comes to actually executing one. I’ll blame my mom, who never did any cool braids on my tendrils when I was a kid. (she always wore a cool crop so never had to learn!) Now my profession requires me looking at many a beautiful plait on the runway, street, and social media, so it’s quite frustrating that I have such a hard time executing a braid that’s even labeled “great for beginners.” I don’t know about you but an upside-down-double-chignon doesn’t sound too easy to me. Fortunately though, there are easy braids that do exist and I found a great one to emulate the crown braid. No French braiding, no picking up extra sections, just easy and simple steps that create  an intricate look. If I can do it, so can you. Click through to the notes to get the details. –– Michelle Rotbart  Click for StyleNotes →

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Photo: Eva Helene Skarvig by Ruben Vega for Vanidad

Is it summer yet? Because I’m ready to bypass spring and pull out my cut off denim and start wearing bohemian-inspired braids. For me the ideal look is part free-spirited and part mis-shapen, a perfect style for laid-back off duty days or even a glamorous event if you know how to work it. Lucky for all of us, I spotted the quintessential braid while perusing a magazine. It’s braided, looped, pinched, and super easy to emulate. To get the look, click through to the notes. –– Michelle Rotbart  Click for StyleNotes →


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As regular readers know, I am yet to meet a braid I didn’t love. And though I’m not an expert weaver like some, ( I stick to basic braids and read all the hacks I can find) I have picked up on some easy tricks to take anyone’s braid, whether basic or complex, to the next level of cool. Click through to learn three tricks you can tuck away for any hair braid day. –– Michelle Rotbart  Click for StyleNotes →

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In contrast to the sleek entwines on the runways at New York Fashion Week, Olivia Wilde’s plait is anything but polished. Wavy texture, loose and loopy with lots of free-falling strands, this look is the epitome of lived-in. But for all its casualness, the prettiness here, combined with a few smart details—shine, a side part, and ends fluffed into a teardrop—make for a romantic look that’s sexy, not slovenly. Learn to copy Wilde’s latest easygoing style in the notes. –– Laura Martin  Click for StyleNotes →