Spicing Up Your Braided Hair Styles

Scarlett Johansson is one of many celebs to rock the halo braid in recent days.

We told you we would, so let’s get to business and back to braids! A couple days ago we told you a bit about some of HairBetty’s favorite braided hair styles out there right now, but that’s only half the story when it comes to this great look. Once you’ve picked out the braids you want, you don’t have to stop there, but can actually give your plaits a little “oomph” with a few easy and fun ideas. From accessories to wrapping braids to using hair color along with braids, braids these days have tons of options for taking the look to the next level.

Halos and Crowns for Angels and Royalty

You’ve probably seen this great idea for braid hairstyles implemented on everyone from celebrities to the hip people in your town: we’re talking about the braid crown or halo! Essentially, this just means that the braid goes around the top of the head, as opposed to hanging down the back or the side. This can either be done wrapped around the “crown” of the head (thus the “crown” name) or sitting more on top in a smaller ring (the “halo”). You can either do this cool look by taking a braid that would hang down and wrap it around the head, pinning it in place, or you can actually braid the hair at the top of the head into a crown if it’s long enough and you have the plaiting skills. This second look is especially cool because you can keep the hair in the back hanging down gracefully, which perfectly complements the crown or halo braid.

Braid Accessories? Oh Yes!

It might not be the first thing you think of when you envision new braids for yourself, but

A few flowers go a long way!

adding a few accessories to your braids has become a hugely popular and super-chic idea that we seriously love. The most classic of these are flowers, which are especially seen combined with the halo or crown braid for a cool boho look. The tension of braids provide a perfect grip to casually put a few blooms into, which looks especially good at the top or bottom of the braids. You can also actually braid flowers into the hair, if they have a long enough stem! Of course, if you’d rather have something you can re-use, high-quality faux flowers are a great option. In a related vein, we’ve even seen some gorgeous, leafy ivy and other plants woven into braids. Just get creative, and make sure whatever plant you use is in tip-top shape.

Other than plant-based accessories, you’ve got a huge number of options out their for spicing up the look of your braids. Vintage jewelry pieces, especially pins, broaches and clips look absolutely stunning when used in conjunction with the right braid. If you’ve got some old designer pieces sitting around, especially those from the 80′s and 60′s, try them out with a braid and see what cool combos you can come up with. Another cool idea we’ve seen in some of the hippie-influenced fashion out there is to braid in feathers or feather hair extensions with braids, giving a bit of a Pocahontas look.

Dye Those Braids

If we had to pick one trend for sprucing up braids that we like the most at HairBetty, it would hands-down be combining great hair color jobs with great braid looks. Especially cool with braided hairstyles like the fishtail, what’s so cool about this idea is that you can

A combo fishtail braid/pastel hair color is the latest word in cool.

use techniques like dip-dying, single piece dying or even an ombre combined with braids for incredibly unique looks. Dip-dyes and single piece dying can even show off the complexity of a braid by allowing the eye to follow each piece of hair as it weaves in and out of the braid. We especially like this look when a non-natural color, such as pastels or bright blues or sea green, is combined with natural colors such as blonde or brunette hair.

And there are our suggestions for making your plaits look great, unique and stylish! Next time you’ve got the hankering to braid up your hair, give one of these a try, and HairBetty guarantees you’ll turn heads everywhere you go.

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