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Top 5 Braid and Plait Ideas

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It’s that time of year again where we are taking the chance to show off our hair and spend extra time getting creative with it! Summer is the best season to show off your favourite hairstyles and braids. From festivals, to weddings, there’s a hairstyle for every occasion. Plaits are great for all hair types and lengths and offer something different to any other hair style and they can be as easy or as difficult as you make it!

Here at Additional Lengths, we’ve put together our top five list of easy braided hairstyles to keep you cool this summer, whether you plan to camp out beside a pool somewhere exotic, or simply have many trips to the park with friends in mind!

Scalp plaits with a twist

Scalp plaits are an easy way to get your hair out of your face, but the intricacy of the look gives the impression that you’ve made a lot of effort! Ordinary scalp plaits can be fun but, why not try something different and join the two plaits together or create multiple plaits? This adds something a little different than just having two normal plaits, creating a more interesting, unique look. You can either curl the ends or be more alternative and tie them up. Scalp plaits, or French braids, are the perfect summer hairstyle.

Plaits with space buns

If you’re heading to a festival this year, why not spice your plaits up and add some space buns? Plain scalp plaits are the ultimate festival look due to the fact that they can hide dirty hair easily, yet still look well put together. Adding space buns into the mix creates a more edgy look, and it keeps your hair up and out of your way! Space buns are easy to do and maintain for the entire day and night, and can be created by using two hair bobbles, a few hair grips and hairspray to secure. Add some glitter to spice up your scalp and you’re good for the day!

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Wedding look

Been invited to a wedding or a special event this summer? For a classic, elegant look, go for a braided updo. This kind of hairstyle is perfect for any formal occasion as they keep the hair off your neck and shoulders in a sophisticated updo. From weddings to christenings, proms to graduations, a braided updo is the easiest way to look elegant. Michelle Keegan sported an elegant braided bun updo at this year’s BAFTA awards by having a chic bun turned into a teased braid, backcombed at the crown and finished off with feminine tendrils of hair framing her face.

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Another way to incorporate braids into your more formal updo for the perfect bridal hairstyle is to add a scalp plait which leads into a bun, creating a beautifully textured hair look that shows off all of the multiple tones of the hair colour perfectly!

Half up half down

Scalp plaits are all in this summer! But if you aren’t feeling whole plait thing, why not go for a toned down, half up, half down plaited hairstyle? This style is a lot more relaxed than a full head of plaits, and allows you to have a lot more freedom with what you what to do with the ends of your hair. Straighten them or use a Cloud Nine Curling Wand to add waves and texture to the ends of your hair for extra dimension to your summer hairstyle. If you don’t fancy a scalp plait, be different and go for an alternative fishtail braid.

The braided headband

Dare to be different and try a braided headband this summer! A braided headband offers something a little different to any ordinary braid, as it can look as smart or as casual as you want it to. You can wear it in alternative ways, to complete your chosen look. Try adding a Moroccan Oil texturising spray on hair that hasn’t been washed for a day or so, to ensure the texture is there for more staying power when creating this as a casual hairstyle. Plait the hair from one side of the head to the other, using as little or as much hair as you’d like depending on the thickness of the braid you desire. This summer hairstyle can be great for keeping your fringe off your forehead!

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If you love braids and plaits and you’re exploring the possibility of trying out a new kind of look this summer, then Additional Lengths have got you covered with the best hairstyles that feature this popular look.

Hair Tips Summer Trends

Summer Hair Inspo: Love Island Edition

The TV show that focuses on the coupling up of lust- at-first sight partners has had us gripped all summer so far, and it’s not just the romances and break ups that have caught our attention. The guys and gals in Love Island have had their fashionable wardrobe catered for by online retailer Missguided, and with rumours of behind the scenes hairstylists on hand to create the various hair looks, we’re so envious of the glamorous hairstyles! From the luxuriously long locks of Samira to the shorter hair of Kaz, here at Additional Lengths we’re taking a closer look at our new summer hairstyle inspiration – Love Island.

Top knot

What cooler way to keep the hair off your neck and face in the blistering sun than to sweep it up into a chic top knot? Gorgeous Kaz is a big fan of the classic top knot as she regularly has her hair styled this way for evening drinks at the Love Island villa. The blonde shades at the ends and mid lengths of her hair offer a great contrast to her darker natural hair colour. Get this sleek top knot look like Kaz by using a Tangle Teezer brush to smooth out any tangles or bumps in the hair, brushing the hair together into a ponytail at the crown before taking the ponytail and wrapping it around itself and securing with a hair tie and hair grips. Beat the humidity and banish frizz with a bit of Moroccan Oillight hair oil that will tame flyaways whilst providing a shine.

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Kaz works this summer hairstyle perfectly with one of our favourite Love Island outfits – the Bardot top. Work an off-the-shoulder top with a pair of statement earrings like the Love Island girls for that instant holiday look!

Bouncy waves

Beautiful waves in long hair can be a fabulous look all year round, but beach waves are definitely a summer hairstyle you’ll want to emulate. Love Island goddess Samira knew how to style her summer waves perfectly, adding volume to the root and around the face for hair that looked healthy and glamorous. The Love Island girls are often filmed getting ready for their romantic escapades in the dressing room and they love using straighteners and curling wands equally when it comes to creating their beachy waves. We love the ghd Classic Wave Wand when it comes to getting perfect, locked in waves that last all day long. Get shimmering waves and luxurious movement in the hair like Samira by using the wave wand by ghd and complement the look with a pair of hoop earrings for an on-trend finish.

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In true Love Island outfit style, innovative bikini and swimming costume designs have been played with this year. Experiment with various cuts and find a brand new shape or creatively designed bikini, like the one Samira chose with the gold hardware, to see which you will love most on holiday. Just be aware of the potentially interesting tan lines!

High ponytail

A look that has become synonymous with Love Island has to be the high ponytail that Laura and Georgia regularly sport. It’s such an easy and versatile summer hairstyle that can look good as a full ponytail, or by dividing the hair horizontally and putting the top half into a ponytail for a half-up and half-down hairstyle. Hide the hair tie by taking a small section of the hair to wrap around the ponytail like Georgia to add an extra feature to the simple hairstyle. Get the glamorous long hair of the Love Island babes by opting for good quality human hair extensions from Remi Cachet to experience that princess inspired long hair ponytail look! With various application methods on offer, including tape hair extensions and pre-bonded human hair extensions, with Remi Cachet, all of your summer hair goals can be achieved.

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Hair care on the island

With countless hours spent in the pool over the course of a two month stay, the girls of Love Island will hopefully be using hair masks and hair treatments to keep their locks looking and feeling good all summer long. At Additional Lengths, we recommend using a gentle hair brush and a nourishing hair mask from Malibu C to restore the vitality of the hair and giving it a radiant shine after the possibly damaging effects of swimming pool water. Also, spending all day in the sun can take its toll on hair so if you’re planning on soaking up the rays like the Love Island residents this summer, then take a baseball cap to wear to cover the scalp, or plait the hair to protect it from exposure to the sun. Keep suncream away from the hair too as it can discolour hair extensions.

Whoever your favourite Love Island lady is, we can bet that she will have displayed a stunning array of different hairstyles during her time gracing our television screens. From Samira’s beautifully wavy long, dark hair to Georgia’s high ponytail, Love Island has provided some fantastic hair inspiration this year! So take to the hair products available Additional Lengths and replicate your favourite look easily.

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