Stop searching: We have found your go-to party hairstyle this season—the four-strand braid. L'Oréal Professionnel has collaborated with hairstylist Adam Reed to launch a Braids, Buns & Blow-Dries menu at Percy & Reed's East London salon from 20 November, with the menu set to roll out nationwide next year. We know not all our readers are London-based, so we chose our favourite look from the menu, The Twisted Plait, and asked Reed to share his step-by-step guide so you can re-create it at home.
So why do we love this style in particular? It's the perfect mix of pretty and cool. You can wear it with a cocktail dress or a low-key velvet cami–and–roll-neck combo; it's that versatile. We're also obsessed with the four-strand braid, it's edgier than the fishtail and more interesting than a traditional braid. It takes a little concentration and practice to nail it, or you can enlist a willing friend who's adept at doing hair. Keep scrolling for Reed's step-by-step guide to creating this look at home.
Step 1: Prep the hair by washing with shampoo and conditioner.
Step 2: Blow-dry using Tecni.ART Volume Architect (£14)—this is essential for ensuring your freshly washed hair is easy to style.
Step 3: Pull out 2 inch–wide sections either side of your parting at the front of your head and leave loose. You'll be braiding these later to create the plaits at the front.
Step 4: Next, backcomb the crown using Tecni.ART Morning After Dust Invisible Dry Shampoo (£14).
Step 5: Now you want to create the first braid. Section the hair into four sections
Step 5A: Bring the outer strand on the right over the strand next to it and under the next one.
Step 5B: With the strand furthest away on the left, bring this under the strand next to it and over the one next to it. Essentially you are weaving the outer sections around the two inner sections. You're going over, under with the strand on the right, then under over with the strand on the left and repeating. Repeat steps 5A and 5B until you reach the ends of the hair. Secure with an elastic.
Need a visual guide? Check out this handy four-strand braid tutorial.
Step 6: Fold the braid under to disguise the elastic and secure with pins. Use hair spray to fix.
Step 7: Return to the loose sections of hair at the front and create two more four strand braids (you should have the hang of it by now!). Pull them both out slightly to give a dishevelled look.
Step 8: Finish with L'Oréal Professionnel Infinium Hairspray (£9).