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Seriously—these styles only look complex.
Here, Garnier celebrity stylist Tommy Buckett shows you how to plait like a pro in no time flat.
Pigtails used to be reserved for the preschool set, but with everyone from Kim Kardashian-West to Bella Hadid adopting the beauty classic, it's time to double up and bring the look back into your rotation.
Craft a clean center part with the pointed end of a tail comb. (A chopstick works in a pinch, too!) Then begin braiding at your earlobe—completing just a few crisscrosses before tying off the end with an elastic band. "The ponytail should actually be longer than your braid," Buckett says.
Repeat the step one on the other side. The key to pulling off the adult version of pigtails: "These braids should be a little baggy," Buckett says. "Your hair should almost cover your ears."
Gently pull your plaits apart for a fuller, textured finish that's more downtown than first day of school.
Whether you want to tuck away bangs or add a bit of embellishment to undone waves, the skinny side plait does the job in seconds.
Create a natural side part using the pointed end of a rattail comb. Unsure of where your part should fall? Buckett suggests using your eyebrow as a guide: "The highest point of your arch is where you should slice your comb back." Then, section off the hair in front of your ear, this is the piece you'll use to create your braid.
Begin by using a French braid technique near your roots to help the braid lie close to the head. Once you reach the top of your ear, switch to a simple, three-strand braid and tie off the end with a clear elastic. Polish off your plait with a pump of Garnier Whole Blends Smoothing Oil with Coconut Oil and Cocoa Butter Extracts to tame flyaways and add shine.
Easy, breezy, and absolutely beautiful, this side-swept braid ticks all the boxes on days you're short on time. Plus, it pairs just as well with sweatpants as it does a sexy LBD.
Make a quick side part and pull all of your hair to one side. Begin braiding near the middle of your ear, keeping the plait fairly tight before tying it off at the end.
Pancake your plait (translation: intentionally rough it up) by gently tugging on the braid from either side for a laissez-faire finish. "If some pieces fall out in front, it's fine," Buckett says. "It should look organic—not perfect."
Dress up this casual braid by slipping on a few sparkly headbands (like these mixed metal, mesh headbands from Colette Malouf). "We decided to use three, but the more the better!" Buckett notes.
This is another plait that looks tricky, but is actually pretty cinchy with a bit of practice. Even better: You only have to braid a few inches to nail this look!
Make a swift center part, coat hair with Garnier Whole Blends Smoothing Oil with Coconut Oil and Cocoa Butter Extracts, and slick strands into a pony with a bristle brush. Rake another pump (or two!) of oil through the tail to tame any frizz.
Divide the tail into two equal halves. Next, grab a small piece from the outermost edge of left side and cross it over the center to join the right. Repeat these steps on the right side, adding the section to the left. "To make a perfect fishtail, hold both sides taut as you braid," Buckett explains. Continue until you reach the halfway point of your ponytail, then tie off the end with an elastic band.
To watch these steps in action, click here.
Gently tug on each side of your braid simultaneously to create the illusion of thickness. Smooth dry ends with a few more drops of oil for a sleek finish.
You don't have to be Queen Bey to pull off this regal braid (though we'll admit it looks good on her, too). Blue Ivy's tiara has nothing on this crown.
Start this look with a strict center part. Mist all over with Garnier Whole Blends Refreshing 5-in-1 Lightweight Spray with Green Apple and Green Tea Extracts and begin braiding at the top of your ear, continuing down as far as you can before capping off your plait with an elastic. "Crown braids should sit a little higher and be a bit tighter than pigtail braids," Buckett says. Repeat these steps on the other side.
Pull your braid up and over the top of your head—securing it in place with a few bobby pins. Cross the other braid on top and anchor with more pins.
Loosen the braid by pulling it apart for a softer finish. If a few rogue pieces pop out, tuck them into your plait with a few more bobby pins. Done!
Give a tousled side braid a Brigitte Bardot-worthy upgrade by weaving in a colorful scarf. Très chic!
Mist dry hair with Garnier Whole Blends Refreshing 5-in-1 Lightweight Spray with Green Apple and Green Tea Extracts to make strands soft and smooth.
Position a long, skinny scarf (like Echo's Pleated Skinny) at your hairline and wrap it over the top of your head, covering the upper half of your ears. At the nape, craft a double knot to secure the fabric in place.
Swing your hair to one side, splitting it in half. Then, create a basic, three-strand braid, using the tail ends of your scarf as the third section. Secure the plait with a clear elastic (or the scarf itself). "I also like to pull a little hair out to frame the face," Buckett says. Fini!
No excuses: Doing the twist is even easier than the most basic three-strand braid and it instantly upgrades your standard gym pony.
Pull your hair into a pony and mist the tail with Garnier Whole Blends Refreshing 5-in-1 Lightweight Spray with Green Apple and Green Tea Extracts to boost shine and control flyaways. (For coarser textures, consider reaching for a fast-absorbing cream, like Garnier Whole Blends Smoothing Leave-In Conditioner with Coconut Oil and Cocoa Butter Extracts.) Then divide your tail in half.
Twirl each section—twisting each half away from the other as you cross one side over the other. "When you twist at the base of the ponytail, you get a tight, even twist," explains Buckett. "If you twirl the whole thing and then twist the sections together, your rope braid will be very tight at the bottom and loose at the top." Secure with an elastic band and you're set.
Half-up hair is forever a celeb favorite because it never fails to flatter. This braid is all business in the front and a twisted party in the back. Even better: All you need is an elastic, a few bobby pins, and Buckett's easy step-by-step to nail the look.
Prep dry strands with a few spritzes of Garnier Whole Blends Refreshing 5-in-1 Lightweight Spray with Green Apple and Green Tea Extracts to amp up natural texture and give hair some grip. Next, craft a center or side part and create two face-framing sections—grabbing the hair from your temple to just behind your ear. Braid each side and slip in a bobby pin at the bottom to hold each plait in place.
Pull both braids back—crossing them to form an "X" at the back of your head. Wrap the point at which your braids meet with elastic. (Buckett used a spool of elastic thread, but you can also snip a standard hair tie so it becomes one long piece.)
Grab a small section of hair from middle of your head (the length—not the tail ends of your braids) and wind it up and around the elastic—covering the area where the plaits cross. "This wrap prevents your plaits from flopping around," Buckett said. Then, pin the wrapped hair in place with a bobby pin or two, using the braids underneath like a pincushion.