Book of Braids BRAIDING FOR EVERY OCCASION

Whether you’re heading to the beach in Saint Tropez, to a boardroom meeting or simply snuggling up with a good book on a Sunday: a braid is your perfect style partner.

From Saturday errands in jeans and a coat, to spending a rainy Sunday swaddled in cashmere, there’s no casual look that doesn’t merit a braid. Try on the Sunday Double Braid Pony,an elaborate combination of braids and ponytail.

SUNDAY DOUBLE BRAID PONY

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From Saturday errands in jeans and a coat, to spending a rainy Sunday swaddled in cashmere, there’s no casual look that doesn’t merit a braid. Try on the Sunday Double Braid Pony,an elaborate combination of braids and ponytail.

SUNDAY DOUBLE BRAID PONY

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Grab that book whose spine has been begging to be cracked, put down the phone, iPad, laptop and TV remote, pull your hair in a Laid-Back Two-in-One Braid so you don’t have to worry about it and settle in for a truly “you” day.

Laid-back-two-in-one braid

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Maybe you woke up on the wrong side of the bed, had a rough night; maybe it's really humid; or maybe it's just one of those days where no matter what you do, your hair refuses to cooperate. There's no better way to dominate rebellious strands than twisting them into a braid, the Not-a-bad-hair Day Side Fishtail will make people think you're trying out a nitty new style and not hiding disobedient hair.

Not-a-bad-hair-day side festival

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This sophisticated double braid will have everyone coming up to you and asking you how you created it – a great way to start a conversation, even with that HR manager you’ve been meaning to talk to about that upcoming promotion.

Double headband

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Don’t want to braid all your hair back to risk not looking too over worked but want to retain a bit of creativity in your style? Pair pin straight hair with a delicate, intricate braid.

swept-back-secret braid

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Nothing says power like a good power-suit the saying goes, right? Well we like to think that a key element in a power look is a great power braid. For this look we turn to an old faithful, a tight, strict and modern French braid.

classic french braid

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Don’t over think it, enhance what your mother gave you and let your natural beauty shine through – there’s nothing more off-putting than someone who has gone overboard on the first date.

surprise me hidden braid

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You succeeded at date 1, and you enjoyed their company enough to accept to see them again. Now it’s time to step it up a little bit more while still keeping a veil of mystery to suggest that date 3 is definitely worth their while. Here we suggest something perhaps a little more sensual, a little bit more suggestive, more refined and elegant.

crush on your braid

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You have a couple of options here but we suggest that it’s time to play a little bit of a game to keep your crush on their feet. What do they think you’ll do? Go even more sophisticated. What do you do? The complete opposite.

call me maybe ponywrap

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Going for a run, walk or even to mosey about outside this Out-of-the Water Slick Braid is graphic and keeps your face fresh. Ideal for post-morning swim, grabbing a frozen latte after a round of tennis or a morning massage, it’s quick, easy, and effortless.

out-of-the-water slick braid

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Sun is up and so is the temperature. Get your hair up in this effortless bun as you sun bathe to ensure your hair doesn’t get in the way of a flawless tan. While basking in the sun, the last thing you want is to feel constricted or restrained, so the effortless and flat nature of the Beach Side Braided Bun makes sure you can relax on your towel-roll pillow without feeling restrained.

beach-side braided bun

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The secret to the ultimate effortless beach waves? Braids! As you prep for a night of dancing in a Pucci maxi dress, let your braids out and let your waves flow! A little braided detail adds a playful twist and keeps your bands in check long into the summer night.

beachwave braid

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Your best friend is getting married, comes to you and tells you she is pulling a Charlotte York and wants coordinating bridesmaid dresses. Ok so they are Vera Wang, but still, champagne knee-length silk faille dresses are so not your vibe. What to do? Well, if there’s one domain you can express your style while not obliterating the bride’s style desires, it’s your hair.

Catch the bouquet pony braid

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For styles that are set to show off your shoulders (off the shoulder, one shoulder, sweetheart), we recommend opting for a mane of bountiful curls accentuated with a delicate braid headband.

Braided Headband

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Appropriate for avant-garde, beach, traditional or even Royal weddings, an artful up-do with a braided lace detail is a standout style. And when the reception party gets roaring and you want to let it down, a quick un-pin leaves you with exquisite waves.

Down the aisle braided chignon

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Golden flash-tat’s, loose silken blouson style blouses, cut-off shorts, fringe bags (maybe leave the Prada at home), and booties, your braid says boho-chic in the most definitive way possible.

Flower power fringe braid

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If you are part of the nouveau-pop Coachella music festival school, under the golden rays of California sun, you probably have an idea of the kind of braid to wrap around your head : a Bohochella Crown Braid.

Bohochella crown braid

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If you're one of those who go to the European Prix de Diane/Glastonbury, that often come with epic new beats, but also downpoars from the sky. Keep your hair dry and show your activism with this politically correct Flower Power Fringe Braid.

braids and love ponytail

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For some the occasion to don our finest may come more frequent than for others, but no matter how rare or not the gala occasion knocks at our door, the magical feeling of getting all dressed up never grows old. If you are asking yourself the question whether you should wear that Matthew Williamson with your hair up or down, the answer is always hair up.

braided chignon

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Worn either with that LBD that hugs you in all the right places, or a daring top with full skirt, this trompe-l’oeil topknot is just like a good martini – strong, classic, clean with just enough of a twist to leave you wanting more.

trompe l'œil top knot braid

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Girls’ night may mean a bottle of chardonnay, a screening of Sex and the City and some of those treats you never allow yourselves to indulge in during the week. Reinvent the classic pony with this full-bodied braid. A look that makes a big statement yet doesn’t appear to have taken all night to perfect. Pair with a killer set of heels.

knotted out girly braid

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Some fools say that yoga isn’t a workout, they’re wrong. Yoga is a workout for the mind, soul, and body – no matter which form you practice (though we favour the high-temp Bikram). As you flex your musculature in ways you never thought possible, in poses whose names only very few can pronounce/remember, think of twisting your hair into an equally simple and intricate twist braid.

Toned rope braid

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The strong cardiovascular workout combined with the impact of the punching bag (or your unfortunate sparring partner) allows you to burn carbs but also tighten and tone. A high-intensity workout calls for an intensely cool braid like this 3D braid worn high on the head.

High intensity 3D braid

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A good run leaves you invigorated, satisfied, and a rush that can’t be beat (partially perhaps from the intense beats pumping through your headphones – no judgment if they’re Taylor Swift). The only thing you want on your back as you run is the wind, so tuck your hair up into a tight braided chignon and go forth, and run free!

Liberating Rope bun

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Our favorite addresses are ideal after a day of heavy winter shopping, the Plaza Athenée (Avenue Montaigne) or Le Bristol (Faubourg Saint Honoré). Here you’ll be sipping not only truly fine chocolate out of exclusive bone china, you’ll experience it in perhaps its strongest concentration, all in a truly opulent environment. This is the chic hotel option to pair with a Chic Braid & Bun.

Chic braid & bun

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Fame does not compromise quality. Head to Ladurée with its pastel green hue (Rue Royale) or Angeline that owns dusty rose like no one else. Paired with a macaron, perhaps a Mont Blanc, you won’t regret this indulgence when the temperatures dip below double digits. Snuggle up with this Classic Undone Side Fishtail.

classic undone side fishtail

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Our favourite has addresses in only the crème de la crème of quartiers of Paris meaning, you know you’ll be surrounded by artists, connoisseurs, and a few discerning fashionistas. Jean Paul Hevin (Boulevard de la Motte-Piquet, rue Saint Honore), Foucher (rue du Bac). An Understated Bangs Braid will help you stand out.

understated bangs braid

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If you have a heart shaped face, mo matter how hard you try, your face will always be darling. Channel that somewhat innocent sense of beauty with a lovely vintage-style chapeaux with a small brim. This minimizes the size at the top of your head making your small chinarea shine. Plus, you look cool, alternative and chic. When everything is soft, we suggest a dramatic Four Strands Braid.

show stopping four strings braid

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You have an oblong face shape? Then you’re the luckiest of them all because there is no brim big enough for you! We recommend going for an oversized brim (think Heidi Slimane’s first collection at Saint Laurent) to create an exaggerated sense of balance. Braid your hair in an architectural Kate to put the emphasis on your dramatic features and your exquisite hat.

Kate Braid

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There's a downside to wearing hats, it's that taking them off will sometimes reveal your hair in a not so glamourous shape! Be proactive and opt for a Waterfall Braid that will offer a flawless look, before, during and after, wearing a hat.

Hat optional waterfall braid

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