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The return of the humble braid – 3 must-try styles

With winter slowly giving way to warmer weather, there's no better time to experiment with different ways to style your hair and keep it cool. Enter the braid, a summer essential that can help you achieve a carefree look that is both easy to wear and stylish.

The Side Braid

The simple and flattering side braid is a runway favourite. Simply gather all of your hair to one side and place the middle against the nape of your neck. Divide your hair into sections and weave strands in and out to complete your look. Vary the braids to keep it interesting. Try a boho braid one day and a fishtail the next.

The Braided Ponytail

If the ponytail is your go-to hairstyle during a busy workweek, a charming braided addition can help shake things up a bit while still staying out of your way. How about a loose side braid that can be tied back with the rest of your hair into a ponytail?

A triple braid is also a great option if you have some time on your hands. To achieve this look, plait three individual sections of your hair small and tight and pull back with the rest of your hair into a sleek ponytail. Keep in place with a spritz of Infinium hairspray.

The Braided Updo

The braided updo is perfect for when you feel the need to change your look. For something quick and easy, curl your French braid into a bun and pin it in place on one side of your head. You can also wrap a side braid around the other side for a braided crown. If you've just washed your hair, sprinkle a bit of Super Dust for texture and grip.

And for days when your hair just doesn't behave, try the boxer braid bun for a neat and clean look.

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