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You Won't Be Able To Resist These Fashion Week-Inspired Braids For Winter

DIY never looked so chic.

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One of the biggest beauty trends on and around the runway during Fashion Week was the timeless braid, showing its versatility, practicality and style credentials. Not only are braids a great way to keep unruly hair in check, especially during windy and rainy winters, but they're the perfect option for back-to-school beauty for keeping your locks out of your face during those all-important exams! Plus, they're super simple to spice up and personalize with the help of a few choice accessories for all sorts of functions, from a night on the dance floor to a swanky soirée. 

Take a look at some of our favorite braids from Fashion Weeks around the world, read our tips for recreating them at home and scroll down to shop everything you need to do it:

Nehera's Multiple Braids


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Having quietly lost their artistic director Samuel Drira earlier this year, there was nothing out of sync about this Bratislava-based brand's SS18 collection, especially when it came to the styling. Instead of opting for traditional schoolgirl pigtails, Nehera chose to surprise us with multiple braids that contrasted beautifully with the effortless draping, layering and natural-looking makeup worn on their diverse group of models.

Get the look: 
Start with the front braids a few centimeters away from your scalp, making sure you've separated your hair evenly so all four plaits are of equal thickness. If you are prone to flyaways, use a smoothing cream or serum after washing and before blowdrying, which will also give your 'do extra shine.

Ann Demeulemeester: Loose Messy Mermaid


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Rumor has it that Alberto Giacometti's sculptures were the influence behind this softly romantic collection created by Sebastien Meunier for Ann Demeulemeester. As for the beauty looks, they were a little grungier, darker (there was a definite Patti Smith vibe). Even this messy mermaid, which is normally such a cute, girly style, had a gothic edge with its onyx flower crown and lots, lots, of loose sections. There was barely any braid left!

Get the look: 
Easy to create at home, the challenge behind this messy mermaid look involves keeping the style in place. A texturizing dust before plaiting, and a strong-hold hairspray when complete should do the trick, but bring a pocket mirror and spare elastics when you go out just in case.

Roland Mouret: Frida Kahlo-inspired


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Be ready for the unexpected... Mouret's hair stylist Sam Mcknight was inspired by Frida Kahlo for this SS18 edition. While there were none of Frida's vibrant fuchsia flowers in sight, the collection didn't lack color, and the thick, glossy braids provided structure, anchoring some of the more floaty garments.

Get the look: 
This is the easiest of the bunch to achieve, but it's important you start with ultra glossy, thick hair. Follow a thickening shampoo and conditioner with a serum, and use a flat paddle brush to smooth out without breaking the fibers. Tie it off about five centimeters from well-trimmed tips with a barely-there elastic.

Chiara Ferragni's Front Row Style


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Even visitors to Paris Fashion Week SS18 were inspired to jump on the braid trend train, including Chiara Ferragni. On her way to the Miu Miu show, Chiara wore a tiny, angled French braid across one side of her head to create a faux-shaved effect. Chiara enjoyed her braided look so much, she kept rocking it all the way over to Milan after Paris. We should also give her top marks for also styling a killer side fishtail during her PFW stay.

Get the look: 
This one's tricky, so you might need to ask a friend. However, if you're adept at French braiding, go for it! Follow the natural curve of your head as you go, taking sections of roughly one centimeter as you go. Stop at just after your ear for the same '80s undercut look, secure with an invisible elastic, and let the rest of your locks flow down freely.

Aleali May's Street Style


Image: via @alealimay on Instagram 

Model and beauty blogger Aleali May was also snapped channeling a fiercely effective set of classic braids during Paris Fashion Week. Her parting was so sharp, and each braid so perfect that we can't help think that she had a stylist's helping hand to create this look. We love the contrast of the military-style pants, sexy hip-exposing bodysuit, cute schoolgirl braids, pop of color from her Sacai mini saddle bag and, of course, a practical quilted jacket to top it all off!

Get the look: 
A comb and smoothing cream or serum are essential for this look. The comb can not only smooth out any tangles, but also be used to help separate the hair into perfectly equal sections. Braid as tightly as you can from the back of your head, beginning just behind your ears, bringing the hair round to the front when you've finished. Secure with invisible elastics right at the tips, and finish with gloss-enhancing fixing spray.

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