Find the perfect plait and braid for you  

Plaits and Braids are the multi -occasional hair up do styles that can be worn many different ways and everyday or on your special day at the wedding or parties. Braids and Plaits Hairstyle has been also celebrities’ favourite hair up do styles. Whether if your style is funky, natural, Boho, street classic, edgy, there will be a Braid and Plait hairstyle to suit you.

Here you can find many different Braids and Plaits styles, and also the tips and easy step by step guide from our hair expert at Francesco Picardi!



Plaits and Braids Tip # 1:
The basic rule for any hair up-do is to make sure your hair is not too smooth and slick. You can braid your hair dry or wet but recommend to wash your hair the day before.
Apply texturizing hair spray such as: Davines More inside This Is A Sea Salt Spray for fine hair, Davines This Is An Invisible Serum, or use Dry shampoo (Davines Hair refresher) which create a full-bodied volume and it will help braiding or plating easy.
Do not overload with heavy treatments or styling products that will soften the hair too much that make it very difficult to manage and grip. If you want to create sleek and smooth style then you would need to apply moisturizing styling products.
 Stylist Recommended Hair products 
Davines more inside sea salt london hair  Francesco
 Davines more inside INVISIBLE SERUM London Davine hair refresher London Salon 
Davines More inside
This Is A Sea Salt Spray
Davines More inside
This Is An Invisible Serum
Davines Hair refresher
Dry Shampoo

 Braiding and Plaiting - Step by Step Guide  
Step 1: Prepare your hair with a Texturizing spray all over your hair to make slightly stiffer without leaving a hair too tacky.
 Step2: Brush hair through with a flat / paddle brush. You do not need to smooth down your hair with fine comb brushes or with thermal tools unless you want to leave some of your hair straight and smooth like Cara Delevingne with a partial French Plait (see picture below). It’s better to secure rest of your hair in a side ponytail with a thin, elastic band for partial French plat.  
 Step 3: Take your hair into large sections or separate a lock of hair from the rest of the hair at the place where you want to begin. The section will be depends on where you want to have your braid going to the side or top, back, around your forehead (see main picture above by Francesco) or for multiple braids.
For a neat look, you can use a comb to part your hair evenly or part it with your hands if you'd prefer soft and rough up plating look like Taylor Swift below.

Step 4: Begin to braid. Separate the section into strands. Make sure that 3 strands are equal amount and none of the pieces are larger or smaller than the other two.

French braid is the same as a regular braid with three strands. Amount of hair you begin with is not indicative of the size of the braid you will end up with. Start with a small section and add the same amount of hair each time but through adding hair the braid will gradually increase in size.
For partial French braid unlike a regular French braid, only add strands of hair to one side of your braid.


Step 5: Finishing the Braids and Plaits.
When reach to the ends of your strands, tie off your hair with a ponytail to secure your braid or tie your hair where you want to finish barding. For French braids - continue barding with a regular braid until you reach the ends after you have added in all your hair into the braid.
You can also tuck or wrap/twist the end of the braid around the elastic to hide it in the hair and secure with bobby pins or add hair accessory into your hair. See Alexia Chang with plaits tucked in with a ribbon.

For messy boho and natural style (see Mary & Kate Olsen and Lauren Conrad), loosen up braids by pulling hair gently with your fingertips.

Use finishing hairspray (Davines More inside - This is an Invisible No Gas Spray or More inside Medium Hold Hairspray) lightly all over your head to help lock your hair style.