Pretty & Polished
For a totally timeless big-day look, you can’t go wrong with an elegant braided updo (two steal-worthy styles: Reem Acra’s flower-bedecked bun or Kelly Faetanini’s braided crown).
We love the way these pretty blooms wrap around the braided chignon.
“Go with a braided updo for a chic effect — the tighter the braid, the more classic it will look.” –Stylist Joseph DiMaggio
A glam gown pairs well with a tighter braid.
Tight braids can look severe, so have your stylist start with a blowout to add volume. To take an updo to the next level, Paul Perez, stylist at Sally Hershberger LA, suggests getting highlights to add dimension. He says, “The contrast of the highlights will put movement into the braid.”
Sonia David, lead stylist for DreamDry, says “Braids are no longer a passing craze. They’ve taken a permanent spot on trend reports.”
1. Pump up the volume with a texturizing mousse, like Davines This Is A Volume Boosting Mousse.
2. Smooth flyaways with the wax-based Oscar Blandi Pronto Braid Paste.
If you’re a boho bride, free-flowing and romantic braids will complement your vibe perfectly. Look for a style with intricate details for a totally beguiling big-day look (the trendy fishtail braid at Rivini and tight-to-loose braid at Jim Hjelm are some of our faves).
For a natural feel, leave a few pieces loose but make sure your style is still secure. “Err on the side of polished,” says Halli Binova, stylist at John Barrett Salon. “Have your stylist braid a bit tighter to ensure your hair stays in place — braids always get messier over time.”
We love this super-chic knotted ‘do:
1. Get a second-day shampoo feel with Redkin Pillow Proof Blow Dry Express Primer.
2. Salt spray gives instant beachy texture. Try R+Co Rockaway Salt Spray.
Find the Best Braid for Your Face Shape
Here, Nexxus Stylist Lona Vigi shares your best braided ’do.
- Oval: With your even proportions, you can rock almost any style. Lucky you!
- Heart: Just steer clear of braided topknots — if you pile your hair on top of your head, it will make your chin look longer.
- Inverted Triangle: Balance your forehead by adding volume around your neck with a braided chignon.
- Rectangle: To create the illusion of a shorter face, avoid long, hanging braids and try an updo instead.
- Round: To minimize the fullness of your face, leave a few loose strands in front for a sculpting effect.
- Square: Try a sideswept bang to soften the angles of your face. Avoid tight or slicked-back styles.