5 Easy plaits perfect for the time-poor

Who said braids were complicated? 

A huge fan of braidsbut never have time to do them in the morning? Then you need to get acquainted with these 5 easy plaits that are perfect for when you’re in a rush.

We also know how difficult plaits can be to master, so we’ve created some really simple step-by-step guides for each pretty style. So, read on below, and you’ll be a plaiting expert in no time, we promise!

5 Easy plaits to try when you’re in a rush


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Easy plaits: Accent plait. Credit: indigitalimages.com

Accent plait

If you’re after a super simple braided style, opt for an accent plait. This boho-inspired hairdo is easy to achieve, and will only take you a matter of minutes to do.

How to create an accent plait:

1. Create an off-centre parting.

2. Take a 2-3 inch-wide section of hair from one side, and French braid your hair for approximately 3 inches.

3. After this, stop French braiding and, instead, carry on with a standard 3-strand plait so that it hangs loose down the side of your face.

4. Continue plaiting the section of hair until you reach the end, then secure with a clear elastic.

easy plaits thick low ponytail braid
Easy plaits: Thick low ponytail plait. Credit: indigitalimages.com

Thick, low ponytail plait

Super thick, heavy plaits are right on trend for 2016, so if you’ve been blessed with naturally thick hair, then this hairstyle will work a treat.

How to create a thick, low ponytail plait:

1. Tie your hair into a low ponytail.

2. Section a 2-3 inch-wide piece of hair from the tail of your ponytail and clip it away for now.

3. Plait the rest of the hair in your ponytail using the standard 3-strand braiding technique and once you’ve reached the end of your ponytail, secure your plait with a strong hairband.

4. Back to the 2-3 inch wide section of hair that you put aside earlier: gently wrap it around the base of your low ponytail to cover the hairband and secure with bobby pins.

5. Finish with a spritz of VO5 Classic Firm Hold Hairspray (£2.99*) to tame any flyaways and lock your style in place for longer.

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Easy plaits: Unicorn braid.

Unicorn braid

If you’ve ever dreamt of being a unicorn (who hasn’t?) here’s your chance! And yes, unicorn braids really are as magical as they sound. Though, that said, they’re super easy to create. In fact, if you’re able to do a simple Dutch braid, then you can do this, no problem.

How to create a unicorn braid:

1. Separate a 2-3 inch-wide section of hair from the top of your head. This should start at your forehead, and go all the way back until you reach your crown.

2. Starting at your forehead, Dutch braid this section of hair until you reach your crown, and secure with a clear elastic band – et voila! 

3. To help keep it in place, spritz a bit of the TRESemmé Extra Hold Hairspray (500ml, £4.99*), concentrating on the unicorn braid, and spray a tiny amount into your hands, before running them down the sides of your hair to smooth flyaways.

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Easy plaits: Peekaboo plaits. Credit: indigitalimages.com

Peekaboo plaits

For a laid-back but fun braided hairstyle that oozes boho romance, opt for peekaboo plaits. Never heard of them before? Essentially, they’re just scattered plaits, which can be as thick or as thin as you like! Being super versatile, you can pair them with any type of hairstyle, be it an updo, a half-up, half-down style, or even loose, flowing waves.

How to create peekaboo plaits:

1. Take a small section of hair from one area of your head (depending on how wide you want your plait to be), and plait it all the way down to the bottom, before securing with a clear elastic.

2. Work your way around your head, repeating step 1 – and keep plaiting random sections of hair. These should be spread out and not placed directly next to each other. If you want, you can vary the thickness of each plait for a cool, casual vibe.

3. For a pretty half-up, half-down style, take a 2-3 inch wide section of hair from each side of your forehead, and pull them back to meet in the middle, before securing with a clear elastic.

4. Twist the loose hair from your half-up, half-down ponytail so that it forms a messy, flat bun, before pinning into place with bobby pins.

easy plaits loose side plait
Easy plaits: Loose side plait. Credit: indigitalimages.com

Loose side plait

Looking for easy plaits that work when you have two-day old hair? Then we’ve got the perfect style for you. All you need is a little dry shampoo and a trusty hairband!

How to create a loose side plait:

1. Spray your hair (concentrating mainly on the roots) with some Toni&Guy Glamour Sky High Volume Dry Shampoo (£7.49*) to help create some added volume and grip.

2. Gather your hair to one side and begin plaiting from just behind your ear. Once you’ve reached the end, secure your plait with a hairband and use your fingers to gently tease out the weaves (AKA pancaking) for a more undone look.

3. Pull out a few delicate strands near your face to help frame it and create a messier, more casual end result.

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