It's Time to Rethink the Plait With These Grown-Up Hairstyles

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For many, our first experience of plaits comes in the form of that impatient wait as a parent quickly twists one into our hair before rushing us out the door to school. In later life, our plaiting usually goes no further than a speedy braid when our gym ponytail gets particularly bothersome or we try to re-create that overnight curl method everyone swears by.

Apart from these ultra-quick braids, many other plait hairstyles feel out of reach. We look longingly at our style heroes and their seemingly effortless halo braids with envy wishing we could do our hair like that. The thing is that we definitely can. Plaits are actually really easy to re-create once you get back into it.

When you delve into the A to Z of plait hairstyles, you'll see that even though it takes a little time to get to grips with, there's a braided hairstyle for everyone and for every occasion—it's like the nude lipstick of hairstyles. Still not sold? You will be once you've seen all the plait hairstyles we've compiled.