Ever since Kim Kardashian posted a mini-me pic with her and daughter North sporting matching pigtail braids, the internet has been obsessed with all things double-braid. And it turns out the hair stylists at New York Fashion Week were pretty into the look too - the trend was especially prominent at Creatures of the Wind’s A/W 16 show.
We asked celebrity hair stylist Jonathan Colombini – the man responsible for Kylie Jenner’s ever-changing locks – to walk us through the trend.
1. Prep the hair:
It's best for braids to get this look on at least day old hair. The more grit to the hair the better. In any case start by prepping the hair with a gel or pomade. This keeps the hair fly away free, gives it shine and helps to keep the grain of the hair in suit with the style (TIP: keep your hands pretty saturated with product for added control).
2. Section the hair:
Once the hair is brushed free of tangles and product applied, section the hair down the middle with a rat tail comb. Be sure that your section is clean and straight!
Clip one side of the section you are not working on to keep the area you are working on clear of any disruption. With your comb, start in the front of the hair line creating a diagonal diamond section. Then split that section into three smaller sections. These will be your three sections you use to create the braid from start to finish.
3. Understand what you are creating:
Remember to use that product to keep each section clean and fly away free. This type of braid is very similar to a French braid so when approaching it have that in mind, however the only difference is when braiding the hair will go over each section instead of under... This will give the look of the braid sitting on the top or outside instead of under or on the bottom. This is called a Dutch braid.
4. Incorporate hair into the braid:
Once you have the section started and each little section has made its way over the other you're going to grab a bit of hair to incorporate into the braid as you work your way down the side and nape. (Tips: the new hair you're incorporating into the braid shouldn't be much larger than the piece you are braiding it into. This will keep from the braids getting "fat").
Once you have reached the nape of the neck and there isn't anymore hair to incorporate, braid your three sections just as a normal braid until you get to the end and run out of hair.
5. Add the final details:
Use a small elastic tie to the end. I always choose a color of the tie that matches the colour of the hair or even just clear. Repeat this entire technique on the other side as well.
6: Make the hair paparazzi proof and camera ready:
When finished give the hair a good pass with hairspray to add even more shine.
In case you needed any more convincing, here are a slew of other celebrities who've embraced this practical-but-prettty hair trend:
Can't quite master the art of self-braiding? (Hey, no judgement here. We're pretty sure Kimmy didn't do her own hair either). Visit Pastels, JetSet or Marquee salons in Dubai who all offer dedicated braid bars, and leave it to the professionals.
- Alana Meaney and Maddison Glendinning