Offbeat braids: Styles we loved from the All Things Hair launch party

Jeanette | 12 August 2016

We’re willing to bet you’ve never seen these variations before. 

As you know, All Things Hair recently celebrated the launch of our wonderful website by throwing a massive party. Part of the two-day event included a treat for all our hair-loving invitees: a little session with some of the expert stylists from TIGI and a lovely hair portrait. And while we saw countless amazing styles and looks, we have to say, some of our absolute favourites were, of course: braids! And we’re not just talking your average French plait here. Thanks to our talented TIGI stylists, we saw some truly awesome  variations of this feminine classic and we’ve been dying to share them with you. So, without further ado, here’s a curated selection of the best offbeat hair braids! Styles that will make you completely swoon are just a click away. So scroll down to get inspired for the weekend!

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Hair braids: Styles we loved – festival braids. Credit: Verity Jane Smith

Festival-perfect braids

Looking for a new way to wear your hair to your next festival outing? This durable, festival-perfect hairstyle is great if you love braids, but can’t decide if you want to have your hair up or down.

Just create four cornrows (roughly an inch-wide), starting at the crown, towards your forehead. Secure the ends with a hairband and tuck them behind your ear, using bobby pins to secure each braid underneath the rest of your hair.

Psst! If you love this braided hairstyle, why not check out our tutorial: How to do a festival-perfect crown plait (with a twist!)?

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Hair braids: Styles we loved – half cornrows. Credit: Verity Jane Smith

Half cornrows

It’s no secret that the All Things Hair team love cornrows. But let’s be honest: sometimes, we want a less time-consuming hairstyle. Meet, half cornrows. This braided hairstyle is the perfect compromise, as it doesn’t require you to plait your entire head.

Start by creating a side parting, with the tip of your comb. Then, divide the side that has less hair, into 2 equal sections (roughly 4-5 inches deep). Once you’ve done this, clip one section out of the way and begin to weave your hair into a cornrow, using small elastic hairbands to secure your braid. Repeat this braiding process on the other section – and your cute half cornrow ‘do is done!

Editor’s tip: Do you find that your hair easily slips out of pretty plaits? The trick is to prep it before you start plaiting with a spritz of the VO5 Give Me Texture Texturising Spray (£3.99*), as it’ll help give fine tresses some grip and texture, which will make it easier for you to create your half cornrow hairstyle.

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Hair braids: Styles we loved – double unicorn braids. Credit: Verity Jane Smith

Double unicorn braids

Looking for some #hairspiration for prom or a wedding you’re attending? Well, look no further. We think we may have the answer with this beautiful, boho braided ‘do. The double unicorn braid is a great way of tapping into the ever-popular trend of boxer braids, while also keeping the look elegantly edgy.

Editor’s tip: Use a large barrel tong to create soft, cascading waves; this will instantly take your glam hairstyle from an A to an A-star rating! Just don’t forget to protect your mane from damage with a heat protectant, like the TRESemmé Keratin Smooth Heat Protection Spray (£5.50*)!

Looking for more #braidinspiration? Why not check out our braids page, now!

*RRPs are Unilever suggested retail prices only, it is at the discretion of the individual retailers to set the actual price.

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