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chain link braids

This open weave pattern offers a dramatically different feel and texture from more common braids like the fishtail and French braid. Because it relies on the use of negative space, it’s best for surface designs and is a great choice for fine and thin hair. The technique is surprisingly easy. Click the notes for step-by-step instructions.

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braids paris

We haven’t seen the last of braids. Last week, as the fashion shows wrapped, Céline showcased sleek single strand twines to flatter the woman on-the-go. Proving again that Phoebe Philo and team know what women want, braids popped up on Parisian street styles this week too. Models and fashion insiders like Binx Walton, Michelle Elie, and Elaine Welteroth were all spotted wearing voluminous and playful braids. If these ladies are any indication of what’s to come for spring, you better get your braiding game on. To see more great braids from the streets of Paris, click through to style notes. –– Michelle Rotbart

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Men with braids isn’t exactly a new thing. In fact braids were originally worn by men, by warriors and pirates and vikings. There was a time when entwines were considered the height of manliness. But in recent years the only braid style men have worn is cornrows, and lets be honest, not everyone can pull those off. The new masculine braid uses cornrow technique but on thicker sections for a structured but casual effect that provides a stylish alternative to the man bun. Click the notes for illustrated step-by-step instructions. ––  Laura Martin 

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The Alexander McQueen show is always a visual treat, usually part macabre, part romance, and with lots of shock and awe. So when creative director Sarah Burton presented a sensual and romantic vision of beauty on the runway, it was surprisingly provocative. The bohemian and feminine hair was a mix of slept-in spirals and embroidery. The design team actually used a needle and invisible thread to create the homespun style. While this style is definitely editorial, you too can have a romantic style by loosely tying hair back with a gold ribbon or a broach and by leaving any stray tendrils out. To see more beauty looks from the collection click through to style notes. –– Michelle Rotbart

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gelled
When I think of gelled hair all I can think about is my 90s looks of crunchy gel waves and curls that I thought were amazing. They don’t look so amazing anymore but Gel is still a great product to have in your arsenal to create modern, chic, and fashion forward styles. It’s all about using it sparingly and in the right way. A touch of gel adds just the right amount contemporary feel to lots of looks. So how do you bring this product into your strands? Click the notes. –– Kelly Rowe

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