8 Crazy-Gorgeous Braids Straight From The Runway

by Martha Adams

Bedhead Braid

What we love about this look spotted at Rachel Zoe Spring 2014 - it incites "I woke up like this" envy. Section your hair into two halves (top and bottom) and pin the top half up out of the way. Create a low French braid with the bottom half of hair that starts at the nape of your neck. Then, grab the top section of hair and randomly tuck strands of it into your French braid, pinning with bobby pins where needed. Rake your fingers through your scalp and gently tug at your braid to create a loose, disheveled look. Finish with a spritz of texturizer. Try Oribe Apres Beach Wave and Shine Spray , $38.

Center Row

Want to dabble in cornrows without committing to a full head? Take it from Tibi Fall 2014 and plait your part. Grab a rat-tail comb and create an inch-wide part in the enter of your scalp; then create a tight braid with the parted hair all the way down to the center of the back of your head. Divide your remaining hair into three sections and twist. Spritz with a light hold hairspray and unravel for a loose, tousled look.

Tibetan twist

Traditional Tibetan braids inspired the delicate twists seen at Bibhu Mohapatra's Fall 2014 show. While these cultural creations are super intricate, you can create your own version in three easy steps:

Boho Bangs

This whimsical 'do solves SBS (sticky bang syndrome) and gives you a fun way to keep an overgrown fringe off your face. "You want lots of texture to hold this style, so spritz your bangs with a texturizing dry shampoo before you braid," suggests Livermore. Don't have bangs? Just comb some of your hair forward for the same effect. To copy this look seen on the runway at Creatures of the Wind Fall 2014.

Start with damp hair and create a deep side part with a comb. Rough-dry your hair with your blow dryer to create natural texture. Beginning at your part, braid hair loosely around your forehead, weaving it into another braid beginning at the nape of your neck. Tie with an elastic.

Braided Faux-Hawk

Give this badass 'do we spotted at 6 by Shore Road's Miami 2015 Swim Show a go next time you hit the surf. Then, shake your hair out once it dries for your beachiest waves ever. Apply a smoothing serum to your strands from root to tip to keep flyaways at bay and create some sheen. Split your hair into three sections, braid the center section and secure it at the nape of your neck. Bring all three sections together and braid them. Then, twist the ends to together into a bun; secure with bobby pins.

Flirty French

The hair at Diesel Black Gold Spring/Summer 2014 gave your everyday French braid an equestrian spin. Starting at the crown, braid your hair all the way down, grabbing large sections to make the plait look super thick. At the bottom, leave about 2 inches undone and tie it together with a string, says Myrna Palacios, a hair stylist at Rita Hazan in New York City. What we love about it: You can add your own bit of flair to this look with luxe lace or funky colored ribbon .

Gilded Tips

One word: Obsessed. Rocking this gold-dipped style we spotted at Mara Hoffman Fall 2014 is ridiculously easy. First, take three sections of hair and create a regular braid from the nape of your neck, down to the ends. Grab a flat iron and pass it over the braid twice, then let it loose for a loose wavy look. Next, braid the bottom section of your hair to the very end, spritz with a strong hold hairspray and rub with a gold-flecked eye shadow. For a bright twist, try Rita Hazan Pop Color, $18, says Palacios.

Double Dutch

We know this looks tricky, but this double braided crown seen at Venexiana's Spring 2014 show is totally doable. "These are called Dutch braids where they braid goes outward instead of inward like a French braid," says Palacios. Dutch braid the side sections, starting form your crown, down to the nape of the neck and secure them with a rubber band. Smooth down the middle section that's not braided. Now that all of the sections are down, put them in a hair bungee to bring them together in a loose ponytail at the nape of the neck. Finish the look by wrapping the hair in messy chignon, and pin it in place.

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