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.
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?