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Baby Braids

You might not have worn a braid in your hair since school but this season, they’re big news. Time to start practising those plaits.

The Baby Braids at Cavalli, A Détacher, and Preen by Thornton Bregazzi.

OK, plaits for summer are hardly revolutionary. But what’s new is that they’re skinnier than ever – whether you opt for Cavalli’s sleek face-framing pieces, French plaits worn high on the head as seen at A Détacher, or the tiny, wispy braids that Eugene Souleiman, Wella Professionals’ global creative director, created at Preen by Thornton Bregazzi. ‘The concept of the show was loosely based on a coven of witches - good witches obviously,’ says Eugene. ‘I felt a very pagan influence in terms of styling the hair and I thought it should have a medieval, Saxon feel to it. For me, that means braids.’ However, instead of basic low braids, Eugene used several different styles, from twisted rope to three-strand braids, randomly placed to add another level of interest. Massaging in texturising product before styling and finishing with dry shampoo gave braids a raw edged feel. ‘I wanted the models to look as if they hadn’t had done their hair in front of a mirror,’ Eugene adds. ‘’I wanted beautiful mistakes.’ Piece of cake, right?

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“Massaging in texturising product before styling and finishing with dry shampoo gave braids a raw edged feel.”