Braids have staged a major comeback taking over both the red carpet and the city sidewalks with equal force. Once doomed as ‘the do to do when nothing else works for your hair”, braids are now the do “du jour”. They have cemented a position this summer as the trendy style to sport at casual encounters or formal occasions.
Braid styles are diverse indeed. And the milkmaid braid is one celebs like Kiera Knightley, Scarlett Johansson, Nicole Richie and the Olsen sisters have all been sporting lately. They all rock a unique spin to this braid which promises to be around for a while. "The key to a sexy milkmaid braid is not pulling the hair too tight. Instead, you want the tousled-meets-messy type of braid”, explains Angelina, senior hairstylist at Donato. “Just add a loose twist near the top of your part and pull out a few pieces along the side to create the impression of flyaways. You want it to look more natural and effortless”.
Here Angelina shares some tips for the do-it-yourself gal wanting to achieve the perfect milkmaid braid:
STEP 1: For straight hair, start prepping the hair with Oribe Misty Super Fine Hair Spray for greater grip. For curly/frizzy hair, apply a dollop of Oribe Creme for Style. This will smooth hair and soften the cuticle.
STEP 2: Section hair and lift it about 1' from root to allow you to play with hair as you braid it. Use elastic band to hold ends together. Use large bobby pins (about 1") and secure braids as desired. You can either go for the parted on the side look or simply wrap braid around entire head.
STEP 3: Finish with Oribe Anti-Humidity Impermeable Spray to prolong life of your braid in humid days!
With its tested versatility, the milkmaid braid will surely elevate your look a notch! Whatever your affair is, don’t hesitate to give this braid a try. It works wonders for either a demure or a romantic bohemian style.
We hope by the end of this piece you are raving about this braid as much as we are! If you are up for the experience, let one of our Donato hair designers braid your hair the milkmaid way!