Creating a milkmaid braid

Maybe it's Game of Thrones coming to an end, or simply a desire to find a up-do that's both sophisticated and pretty, but milkmaid braids were the biggest hair trend on the Cannes red carpet. 

Hersheson's braid bar stylist Amy James shares an easy step-by-step guide to recreating the style that's been decorating the tresses of everyone from Elle Fanning to Winnie Harlow. 


Forming a milkmaid braid is easiest if you last washed your hair about two days prior, so that your tresses have lost some of that freshly-washed silky texture.

This means that if you have an event in mind for the style, for example a wedding, you'll need to pre-plan your hairstyle in order to get the best results. Try it a few days after a professional blow-dry to make use of any existing product that's still in your hair.

If you're willing to achieve the look yourself, Amy James has outlined an easy step-by-step guide below:

1) Start by using dry shampoo mainly at the roots to remove excess oil from hair. Then, brush your hair to remove knots. 

2) Part your hair in the middle using a rat tail comb to create left and right sections. 

3) Use a hair clip to hold whichever side you need to braid first and spray on some texture spray.

4) Braid your hair into pigtail dutch braids or French braid, before using Hersheson's small elastic bands to secure.

5) For a thicker braid, gently pull the braid open to create more volume. 

6) Braid the next section of hair repeat steps 1 to 5.

7) Take both braided pigtails and place over the crown of the head like a halo. Pin the left under the right, then simultaneously right under left. Use bobby pins to secure right through the braids.

8) Use hair tongs or straighteners, to curl loose hair or bangs for a more natural, messier finish. Finish with plenty of hairspray for hold.

And you're done, now sporting a hairstyle that could have walked right off the red carpet!

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