This week at Sheppard Style HQ we are feeling inspired by the weekend’s heavy dose of Glastonbury fashion. Transferring these festival vibes into the realm of beauty, we examine a prominent AW beauty trend, and reveal how to get the look at home.
Braided and plaited creations were omnipresent on the AW catwalks, and arrived in varying degrees of complexity. Marc by Marc Jacobs took us back to school with strict plaited pigtails. Over at Givenchy we found traditional plaits, twisted and knotted together at the nape of the neck, whilst Sarah Burton flew the avant-garde flag for Alexander McQueen with intricate corn rows spiralling over the crown.
IMAGES: Alexander McQueen, Givenchy, Dole & Gabbana
When recreating this trend at home we looked to the Sicilian beauties at Dolce & Gabbana, who showcased a deconstructed, braided bun with carefree texture. Start by prepping the hair with a texturising spray– we like Boosta by Unite. Spritz generously before rough drying for beachy texture. Next, use a mattifying dry shampoo to absorb excess oil and heighten the rough texture- essential for holding your plait in place. Oh Bee Hive by Bedhead is excellent for this.
Finally, pull your hair back to the nape of the neck and roughly plait to the ends. No need to be precious here- wispy strands and messy texture only adds to the look. Finally, twist and pin into a bun and secure with a heavy dose of hairspray- you still can’t beat L’Oreal’s Elnett for super-strength hold.
IMAGES: Unite, Bedhead, Elnett
This is the kind of style which only looks better as the day goes on- great news for you fashion-conscious festival fans. So whether you are packing up the tent this year, or spending your weekends in the city, this is the perfect trend to try out now.