Hair trend: Halo braids
The halo braid is one trend to try this spring. Why? Even with all its runway and red carpet appearances, as seen on A-list stars such as Sienna Miller and Olivia Wilde, this look is simultaneously whimsical and glamorous while also being relatively straightforward to master. For those wanting to experiment with this style at home, Charles Worthington Creative Manager Katie Allan shares her top tips for recreating this beautiful plaited hairstyle in just a few minutes.
First of all, start by sectioning the outside of your hair with a two inch (5cm) wide section. If your hair is clean, it’s a good idea to blast your roots with dry shampoo and massage to distribute the product in order to give added grip.
Keeping your fingers close to your scalp, French braid so the pieces of hair pass underneath, instead of on top. “This way the braid will stand out and be more prominent,” explains Katie.
Once you have braided all the edge of your hair line, join the braid with the inner hair left out. Katie recommends taking rough sections so that the end result is playful and not too neat.
Then, secure with a band at the end of the hair and twist the plait back on itself, if you have hair left over. Lightly tug on the crown of the head for volume and and pull out any wispy bangs and face-framing layers to soften the look. Use more pins to secure.
For an evening look, thread a bejewelled headband through the braids, or weave in some ribbon or metal chain to complete the style.
Finish with a spritz of strong hold hairspray, like Charles Worthington Style Setter Brush Out Strong Hold Spray.
For hair halo inspiration, Katie suggests looking to the stunning wrap braid Rita Ora wore to the recent We Day event in London. The singer’s ornate style had a pearl necklace woven through by a stylist to break up the braids. With such a head-turning up style, take inspiration from Rita and keep your make-up soft and ethereal, swiping bronze eyeshadow over your lids and keeping lips neutral with a shimmery pink lipgloss, such as Bobbi Brown Lip Gloss in Pink Sugar.