My obsession with bridal braids never stops; they’re truly romantic and perfect for any bride who wants to have this look on their wedding day.

There are so many variations of the braid; the list is endless. By combining various braid techniques and applying them in different ways you can create a whole range of statements, from sophisticated and elegant to carefree and casual. The wonderful thing about the different techniques is that there is something to suit all women and any wedding theme. Braids are always a big hit for our brides and bridesmaids.

When adding hair accessories to braids, fresh flowers, silk ribbons weaved into the hair or small diamanté crystals will add a romantic touch.

To keep it simple we will talk about the two techniques we all know, the English braid and French braid.

English Braid

The English braid is the basic braid. Beginning at the nape of the neck, the braid is formed with a simple left-over-middle, right-over-middle action and secured at the bottom with a hair elastic.

English Braid Hairstyle from Back

French Braid

The French braid follows the same method as an English braid, but instead of starting at the nape of the neck, it starts from the hairline at the forehead and travels down the back of the head.

French Braid Hairstyle from Back

How to Create a Basic French Braid

  1. Blow-dry the hair first to create a sleek base; it’s important that the hair is smooth and tangle free.
  2. Starting at the top of the head, divide the hair into three even sections and comb each section so it’s smooth.
  3. First cross the right, then the left section over the centre to make one basic braid.
  4. Add some hair to the right section, then cross the whole thing over the centre.
  5. Add some hair to the left section, then cross it over the centre.
  6. Repeat these steps until all the hair has been gathered into the braid.
  7. Secure with a hair band and add a beautiful silk ribbon on the end to add a little romance.

To create a boho look, softly pull your plait with your fingertips.

Guest post by Severin Hubert of The Hepburn Collection

Images from Flickr by…

English Braid: …love Maegan

French Braid: Allie Holzman (CC BY-ND License)

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