In the wake of last year’s boxer braids craze, we’ve noticed other 2 braids hairstyles having a bit of a resurgence, too. And we know what you’re thinking: aren’t they a bit childish? Yet while it’s true that most of us won’t have rocked the pigtail look since our schooldays, their modern day revamp is looking a whole lot chicer.
From the voluminous Dutch braids seen all over Instagram to edgy Rock ‘n’ Roll cornrows, we were surprised to discover just how many ways there are to sport a 2 braids hairstyle. Don’t believe us? Browse through our gallery of A-list inspiration above, or just keep scrolling to find out more!
A-list approved 2 braid hairstyles
Rocking a lob? If you’re struggling to find styles that work with your in-between length, give Alexa’s low 2 braids hairstyle a try. On closer inspection you’ll see that they’re actually just regular 3-strand plaits, so even total novices will be able to get involved. Those with oval-shaped faces should also take note of her flattering ’70s-style parted bangs.
Editor’s tip: Swooning over Alexa’s seriously shiny locks? Smoothing 2-3 drops of a serum, like the Toni&Guy Shine Gloss Serum, through your hair before braiding will boost glossiness, while also acting as an anti-frizz.
Dutch braids (AKA inverted French braids) are some of the most popular 2 braids hairstyles, easily distinguishable thanks to the unique 3D effect that they create.
X-Men actress Olivia Munn wore her brunette tresses in these glam double Dutch braids at an awards show, yet we can’t help but think it would be the perfect style to wear while working out, too. Spin class just got significantly more stylish!
Tying the knot? Take inspiration from Amanda Seyfried’s stunning braided updo. Made up of 2 French braids twisted into a low bun, this 2 braids hairstyle would flatter women of all ages, from the flower girl to the mother of the bride!
To really tie the look together you could even weave flowers into the braids to coordinate with your colour scheme – it’s all in the details after all!
Sienna Miller has rocked countless braided hairstyles over the years, but this rock chick-inspired do is one of our favourites. Instead of a typical full head of cornrows, she added drama to her soft blonde tresses by incorporating a 2 braids hairstyle to the centre of her locks. It’s the perfect balance between edgy and sweet!
Janelle Monae is more experimental than most when it comes to her hair, so it was no surprise when she gave her take on 2 braid styles! Proving that sometimes bigger really is better, she debuted these showstopping jumbo braids on the FROW and we fell totally in love.
Combined with her trademark pompadour bangs, this look is both retro and ultra-modern all at the same time!
Double dip dye
With Coachella and Glastonbury just around the corner, we’ll be turning to our trusty 2 braid styles to keep our hair under control. Live out your festival hair dreams this summer by adding a pop of colour to your ends, temporary or otherwise, like White Chicks star Busy Philipps!
Editor’s tip: Tempted to try out a blue dip dye like Busy? To make sure your colour lasts as long as possible, use colour protecting products like the TRESemmé Colour Revitalise Vibrance Protection Shampoo and Conditioner. They’ll cleanse your hair of any dirt and product build-up, without stripping away the colour.
With hair bows and tiaras already making waves at fashion week, it’s safe to say hair accessories are firmly back in business. Rita Ora shows how you can make your hair part of your outfit, by coordinating a 2 braids hairstyle with her bedazzled Balmain tuxedo dress and dotting individual pearl accessories throughout her tresses. Obsessed!
We hope you enjoyed these 2 braids hairstyles! If you did, have you checked out our Braids page recently? We’re constantly updating it with the latest styles straight from the red carpet, as well as all of the Instagram trends you need to know about, like these incredible corset braids!