Braids have been all the rage this year, and by the looks of the hair styles from New York’s Fashion Week,the style isn’t going anywhere soon. From Mara Hoffman to Vivienne Tam, the latest and greatest designers showed their upcoming collections to fashion lovers from all over the world with braids to complement. Cozy Friedman, kids hair authority and author of Cozy’s Complete Guide to Girl’s Hair has seen a desire for braids in her salons. From the headband braid, to the fishtail braid kids are looking great with these fun and easy styles.
The month of January and February are also riddled with award shows. From the People’s Choice Awards to the Grammy’s , Hollywood starlets stepped onto the red carpets in their bold trend-setting styles. But it seems that keeping up with Hollywood style trends is no longer just a grown up thing to do. Kids nowadays are so style conscious. In fact, kids (and parents) come into my salons everyday with pages torn out of celebrity magazines, asking for styles that celebrities are sporting, says Cozy Friedman, founder of So Cozy products and Cozy’s Cuts for Kids.
Check out three hair looks from some of the best NYFW shows, with tips from Cozy on how to help your child walk the runway at home with similar looks and Cozy’s easy tips on how to help your child achieve a similar look at home.
#1 MARA HOFFMAN: GOLD DIPPED BRAIDS
At Mara Hoffman’s FW14 show, models hair was styled into a destructive braid loose at the top and tighter at the bottom. When the braid came to a fine point, it was spray painted gold for dramatic effect.
Cozy’s Tip:This is the easiest style to recreate at home. Think of it as a messy braid. Pull her hair back in a low ponytail like you normally would and then braid a basic braid at the bottom. Girls can really have fun with this look because they can use hair chalk at the tip to add a pop of color as seen on the models in the show. Or, they can always accessorize with a clip or feather to add a bit of glam.
Cozy’s Tip: This is similar to the style I include in my book, Cozy’s Complete Guide to Girl’s Hair, called The French Braid Headband, except on the runways of Nanette Lepore, they just braided the models bangs. First, draw a horizontal line across the crown of the head from the top of one ear to the top of the other ear. From the line, comb the hair forward to the face. Pull the hair back (or just the bangs if you like) in back of the line into a ponytail holder so it stays out of your way. Choose which ear you want the braid to start from and then begin making the braided headband using the hair in front of the part. Once you’ve reached the other ear, secure the braid with the ponytail, and if you like, tuck it behind the ear and pin it into place with bobby pins.
#3 BIBHU MOHAPATRA: BRAIDED BUNS
A bun can transform any look into classic, clean and chic. Another way to incorporate braids into an everyday hairstyle for your little ones is to replicate similar look to Bibhu Mohapatra’s models from her runway show. Three ponytails were turned into one larger braid that was then twisted into a bun.
Cozy’s Tip: Think of this as a glam bun! This is another style that looks more difficult than it really is! For this, part your child’s hair into three sections- combing the hair back and securing each section into low ponytails. Then using each section of the hair, braid into a basic braid so that all hair is secured in the braid. Then, twist the braid into a tight rope and coil it around the base. For the sleek look as seen in the show, you can use a gel like my SoCozy Styling Gel ($13.95, socozy.com) to slick back the hair back for hold.