Braids aren't for everyone, that's for sure. There is a common assumption that plaits can make you look younger than you really are. While many would welcome this anti-ageing hair hack, others might find that it comes across as a little juvenile, especially in the office. So what's the secret to wearing braids to work without looking like you're the intern? In step, Olivia Palermo has schooled us on the sophisticated plait with her double fishtail braids at London Fashion Week.
The fashion star wore her hair in two thick fishtail braids that were ever so messy around the edges with tendrils framing her face. The overall effect was pure elegance. Of course, as it's the one hairstyle we've now become obsessed with, we had to find out who created this look. Thankfully, we spoke to Jordan Garrett, stylist at Hershesons, who was the brains behind OP's hairstyle, and who also told us how to re-create it at home. Keep scrolling for a step-by-step guide and which products you'll need for this look.
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- Part your hair in the middle using only your fingers. Keeping with the central parting, divide the hair all the way from the crown down to the nape of the neck, leaving two defined sections.
- Starting on the left-hand side of the head, fold the hair back on itself, so the hair is pushed back away from the face and secure using a hair grip. Repeat the process on the other half of hair, so it looks like a half-up, half-down hairstyle.
- Divide sides of hair in two again and fishtail braid each section (Keep reading below for Garrett's tips on how to do this).
- Tie off using small elastic bands. Soften the look by pulling out some stray strands of hair around the face, to give it a more effortless vibe.
"A quick way to create a fishtail braid is to split the section of hair in two. Then take a small bunch from each section and pull it over to the opposite side. Repeat from the other side and continue all the way down the hair length. The smaller the sections you pass from side to side, the more detailed and intricate the fishtail braid becomes," Garrett says.
Don't have long hair like Olivia Palermo? Fear not, we have you covered with these eight braids that look good on short hair.