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Beauty Trend Alert: Grown-Up Braids

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Andrew Shawaf/Pacific coast news; Jill Johnson/jpi

No longer confined to playgrounds or dorm rooms, the newest interpretations of the classic style are sophisticated and chic. For a super easy nighttime look, Los Angeles celeb stylist Byron Williams recommends making two side braids, then wrapping them around each other to create a messy bun (or try wrapping them around your head like Mary-Kate Olsen). Even easier is just tossing in a french braid to the hairline, like Jessica Simpson — perfect for unruly bangs. Whatever style you choose, it’s important to add texture first so that the hair has enough grip to hold the braid. Apply a texturizing product like, Pantene Pro-V Texturize! Defining Pomade, Texture & Shine, $5 at drugstore.com to dry hair. After you’ve finished the braid, spritz your whole head with touchable firm hold hairspray, like Byron Power Hold Hair Spray, $25 at bybyron.com, to keep hair in place.