ALL ABOUT BEAUTY: Braids Atop

All About Beauty

Braids have been swinging off everyone's shoulders for centuries. But who would have thought that braids on top of the head would make such a lasting impression? Celebrities and designers everywhere have been indulging with the milkmaid braid, or better known as braided headband, since 2008 and it has been re-trending ever since. This chic take on youthful, plaited pigtails has recently been spotted on the models of Oscar de la Renta, Alice McCall and Moschino spring/ summer 2012 runway collections. As I was roaming the streets of downtown, I spotted a CofC Fashionista rocking the infamous braid halo. Her ensemble consist of a tangerine collared dress that was slightly tucked away in a fur hooded parka and brown oxfords. The braid, her nude face and the girly dress gave this Fashionista a look of pure sweet innocence.

The milkmaid braid is a braid encircling the crown of the head. This braid is feminine, innocent and can be both playful or formal. Wore messy with fly ways or structured with hairspray, this braid has a chic girlish charm. You can even switch it up and get crafty with this style by entwining ribbons and different cloths into the braid. It would really make your look more ornamented. Florence Welch went as far as adding some hair jewelry to her milkmaid braid at the LACMA 2012 art and film gala. This hair style is so simple and works with all hair textures from curly to bone straight. You just need some bobby pins, elastics and simple braiding skills. A little added hairspray or smoothing gel applied to hair will reduce fly away strands and frizz if wanted. The best part is this look is created best with dirty hair, so it's the perfect super quick hair-do when you're running too late to shower, which tends to occur a lot more than normal during this hectic time of the semester.

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