Beauty Trend Alert: Grown-Up Braids

08/24/2007 at 01:00 PM ET

Andrew Shawaf/Pacific coast news; Jill Johnson/jpi

No longer confined to playgrounds or dorm rooms, the newest interpretations of the classic style are sophisticated and chic. For a super easy nighttime look, Los Angeles celeb stylist Byron Williams recommends making two side braids, then wrapping them around each other to create a messy bun (or try wrapping them around your head like Mary-Kate Olsen). Even easier is just tossing in a french braid to the hairline, like Jessica Simpson — perfect for unruly bangs. Whatever style you choose, it’s important to add texture first so that the hair has enough grip to hold the braid. Apply a texturizing product like, Pantene Pro-V Texturize! Defining Pomade, Texture & Shine, $5 at to dry hair. After you’ve finished the braid, spritz your whole head with touchable firm hold hairspray, like Byron Power Hold Hair Spray, $25 at, to keep hair in place.

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Sara on

I totally love messy braids. I love messy hair, and Mary-Kate (and her sister) always rocks this look

c on

i think it looks smexier when theyr imperfect. gotta love em

shawna on

well im not that in to then but so what if the stars copy each other

Emerald on

That looks horrible.
It looks like dreads or another type of mess.

Anonymous on

not cute to me

Jennifer on

nice post, thanks for the nice info, cant wait to read more from you.

Mary on

You have created a helpful site with a lot of good information. I am so glad that I found your site through google.

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