Braids, Braids and Braids!

Photographer: Kyle Cong, Model: Regina Lo, Hair and Makeup: Susie Lauri

Celebrities such as Blake Lively, Lily Collins, Emma Watson and Jessica Alba, along with many popular fashion models, like Gigi Hadid and Lilly Aldridge—are all seen wearing either classic, loose-side, tight, edgy, boho, box, cornrows, punk, distressed and sexy, windblown braids.

Hair by: Sarah Haberl

Jenny Rosenstein of Harper’s Bazaar says, “In the front row and on the runways, braids in all shapes, sizes and textures made a triumphant return to fashion month.”

Hair by: Elvira Jonsson

Trending braids have irregular shapes, and many times, are intermixed with a French braid, an inside-out braid or a fishtail braid. Twisted and pulled-apart braids (called pancaking) seem to be everywhere—on social media, at the beach and in street culture.

Braids have become so much more creative recently making elusive and bold statements. Braids can also be loosened and pinned into updos.

Hair by: Elena Hasen

 Key Points for Fabulous Braids:

  1. Braids stand out best with different dimensions of color in your hair. If you want more contrast, ask your hairdresser to add balayage (hair painting) for contrast in your hair to see all the intricate details. Or you can purchase real or synthetic hair and secure it with an elastic into your own hair.
  2. Braids are easier to do with hair that hasn’t been washed because the hair isn’t so fly away and slippery.
  3. You can prep your hair with styling lotion, mouse and hairspray so that you have better control over your hair.
  4. Watch tutorials on YouTube (there are tons of them).

Hair by: Riawna Capri

Doll, remember… the trend is irregular-shaped braids, so your braid doesn’t have to be perfect for you to rock it! You can turn a bad-hair day into an awesome-hair day!


Love and Empower One-another,
Susie Lauri

Susie L.

Author: Susie L.

Susie Lauri is the lead hair and makeup artist, and a contributing writer for Runwayz Magazine. She specializes in hair and makeup for commercial print and production. She is known for her glamour makeovers including balayage, color, haircuts and styling. When not on location, Susie works out of her studio in Aliso Viejo, California. Find more about her at :, @susie_lauri_hair on Instagram!

  • Natalie Anna

    I really wish I could braid my hair. I love chunky braids, very boho!