Midweek pick-me-up: 20 beautiful braids to fawn over

/ 10.01.2014
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Sometimes, a little something beautiful can be the perfect form of escapism, especially when the midweek slump kicks in. Where braided hairstyles are concerned, it's nice to sit back, relax and marvel at some of the wonderfully woven things that can be done!

It's an indisputable fact that braids are pretty. They can be romantic and girlish, they can be sleek, they can be sporty, but whatever they are, they always look great. As such, they make perfect go-to hairstyles when you need to keep your mane up and under control.

If you're lacking in inspiration, you've come to the right place. The gallery above has no less than 20 braided looks to revive your hairstyle repertoire.

Endless possibilities

There are a LOT of different ways to braid. The technique alone can be adapted in endless different ways from a regular three-strand braid to a fishtail to a rope twist and beyond. You can even use four, five, six or more strands to weave something seriously intricate if you have the patience and the all-important know-how.

As for the hairstyles available to choose from, the only real limit is your supply of ties, pins and hairspray.

Styling tips

Get bigger, more textured hair by spraying L'Oréal Paris Advanced Hairstyle BOOST IT High Lift Creation Spray evenly throughout. Tease the roots and lengths gently before you start braiding.

To create perfectly undone, deconstructed braids, apply Advanced Hairstyle TXT IT Tousle Waves Spray to damp hair then blow-dry in large twists. This will create loose waves that will give any braid a more bohemian feel.

For a high-shine, polished look, spray your hair all over with Advanced Hairstyle SLEEK IT Strand Smoother Serum Spray before braiding. This will add shine and eliminate any flyaways.

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