Growing out a fringe can be a bit of a ball-ache. This simple braid spotted at New York fashion week should make the process less painful.
Maybe just like The Duchess of Cambridge you’ve just had a full and structured fringe cut in and you’re loving it. If so, good for you.
If however you’re at that stage where you’re trying to grow out your fringe (they’re not for everyone) then you’ve probably found yourself in that God-awful neither-here-nor-there length. Does it drive you crazy? It does us.
When is a fringe no longer a fringe? When it’s long enough to obscure your vision but not quite long enough to be pulled into a pony, that’s when. The horror.
But, hold-up, all is not lost. While backstage at the SS16 Hervé Leger show in New York, we spotted Orlando Pita at work with a braid and, according to the hair stylist, it’s the perfect ‘do’ for dealing with a no-longer wanted fringe while it grows out.
We’re familiar with a Heidi braid, well this was something like that but a little different. What we do know is this; we love it. So, whether you’re growing out a fringe or you just like to tinker with a plait, here’s how Pita created the style and how you can get the look too:
Step One: Prep your damp hair with something like TRESemmé Runway Collection Max The Volume Root Lifting Cream (out 2016) from roots to ends to bulk out the strands, add a little volume and give you a more substantial braid. Blow-dry it in with a round-barreled bristle brush.
Step Two: You need quite a deep side parting for this plait so go ahead and do that. Choose the side that’s most flattering for you and use the end of a tail comb to get a precise divide.
Step Three: Starting from your crown, begin French braiding towards your hairline and across your forehead. Pita coated his hands with TRESemmé Make Waves Shine Enhancing Cream to smoothe the hair as he braided it. Feed the braid with hair from underneath so that it’s sitting on top your hair. Pita allowed a few strands to full loosely around the models’ faces, if you want a neater finish keep all the hair wound into the plait.
Step Four: Continue braiding down towards the nape of your neck and then collect it in with the rest of your loose hair. Tie-off with an elastic to create a sleek low ponytail.
Step Five: Happy with your braid? Set everything in place with TRESemmé Perfectly (un)Done Ultra Brushable Hold Hairspray, £4.99, and you’re good to go.