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Just when we thought that the world had run out of ways to braid hair.

Most of us have been taught how to French braid from a young age, especially those of us with sisters.

Then came the fishtail, adding an extra two strands and requiring a higher level of skill.

Plaits have been a great way to rock that Bohemian look or keep our hair out of our faces during a windy day.

But get this…

There are now DNA styled braids.

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As if fishtailing wasn’t complicated enough!

DNA braids have gone viral on social media with their intricate spiral shapes and look especially stunning with multicoloured hair.

This is the perfect look for summer festivals!

These plaits are twisted into the signature, helix design of DNA strands, but don’t worry! They are not as complicated as they look.

The creator of the trend, Alex Gaboury, posted a step-by-step tutorial on how to accomplish this amazing hair style.

“Starting off with 3 strands, the middle one being smaller then the others as that will be a stationary strand."

"When taking a strand from left side you are going over that section, under the middle and adding to right side then taking a small section from right side is then brought under and then over the middle section and added to left section."

 

DNA BRAID TUTORIAL!!! Starting off with 3 strands, the middle one being smaller then the others as that will be a stationary strand. When taking a strand from left side you are going over that section, under the middle and adding to right side then taking a small section from right side is then brought under and then over the middle section and added to left section. Make sure your being consistent with that pattern, the braid naturally starts to twist towards left as you go down so you have to keep it tight while braiding or else it will become more difficult. Small sections are always better, they make the braid look more intricate. It’s always hard to fit a tutorial in 1 minute so I may post slower/longer one on IGTV! Happy Braiding . . . #behindthechair @behindthechair_com #modernsalon @modernsalon #americansalon @american_salon @hair.video #hairvideo #beyondtheponytail #beautylaunchpad #hotonbeauty @hotonbeauty @evahairofficial @hair.videos @hairvideoshow #tutorial #braids #dnabraid #hairgoals #hairofinstagram #stylistssupportingstylists #samvilla #hairinspo #hairinspo @mastersofbraids @hairvideosbystylists

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She warns people to be ‘consistent with that pattern’ and braid tightly. The spiral will happen naturally as you move further down the plait. "Small sections are always better, they make the braid look more intricate."

This stunning hairstyle has already gained mad popularity.

Alex is a hair guru and has loads of more plait designs on her Instagram.

So, ready to give it a try?

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Chrissy Teigen just slays in the fashion stakes.

Her casual style is on point, her glam style is fabulous, and she even nailed pregnancy style which is no easy feat.

But now, it's her hair that's taking centre stage.

 

get ready for lip sync battle season 3!! @spikelsb @chrissyteigen styling @monicarosestyle #johnruggierohair

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Taking to Instagram to show off the look for season 3 of Lip-Sync Battle, Chrissy's hair stylist John Ruggiero, shared a snap of her ski-fi hair plait…. and we LOVE it.

If only we had deadly hair gurus to do our gruaige every weekend (*sighs*).

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Ever since Blake Lively shared a snap of her woodland inspired braid, we have been a tad obsessed. 

This easy hairdo passes seamlessly from day to night and is perfect for every lazy girl who is having a bad hair day. 

Here's the best braids to try and how to get them. 

1) The red carpet braid 

For an effortless night time look, pull your hair back into a loose low pony and plait as normal. Pull the plait loose so that it is soft and flowing. 

2) The milkmaid braid 

This style has become very popular in the last few years, from daytime casual to catwalks. 

Divide your hair in half and plait both sides. Wrap each side over your head like hair bands and secure with bobby pins. 

3) The messy braid 

Curls your hair and then plait it. This will give the hair more volume and texture. Use a texturising spray and also pull strands loose to create that messy look. 

4) The side braid 

The side braid is effortless and easy. If you have any layers, pin the hair to the side at the back of your head and plait as normal. 

5) The pony-tail braid 

For something a bit more dramatic, pull your hair into a sleek pony and use hair spray to tame any stray hairs. 

Plait the pony as normal and leave it tumbling down your back. Works best with long hair. 

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Do you ever gaze in envy at a celeb/friend/cousin/stranger's fancy hair braid and think, "how did she do that?"

Yep, we do too. 

We're always on the lookout for new and exciting ways to style our hair and although some of these braids look complicated, they're very quick and easy to do: 

Upside down french braid

This style turns the traditional braid on it's head (literally). All you need to do is plait your hair from the nape of your neck rather than downwards from your scalp. 

 

The macrame braid

This messy braided look is perfect for lazy weekends because it's super easy to achieve and looks great no matter what you're wearing. 

 

French braid bun

For an exciting twist on your usual French braid, work the plait around the side of your head and secure your remaining hair into a messy bun. 

 

Flower braid

This look is great for any events or parties you might have coming up. It's certainly an unusual style but the prettiest out of the lot. 

 

Headband braid

This style is great if you're trying to grow out a fringe as you only use the front section on your hair and can style the rest of your do' the way you want. 

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The fishtail plait looks pretty cool but it also looks pretty difficult to recreate. However, we have a really simple step by step guide so you too can master the look in no time at all.

  • Comb out and knots and brush your hair into a side parting
  • Pull all your hair over either your left or right shoulder – whichever you are more comfortable doing.
  • Split your hair into two sections
  • Grab hair from the outside of one of your two sections and pull it to the inside of the other section … still with us?
  • Do the same with the other section, making sure to pull it tight.
  • Keep doing this until you reach the end. It takes a little time and patience so don’t rush it.
  • Tie with a small bobbin.
  • Tease the braids apart for the just out of bed look.

It may be a little fiddly to start off with but with a little patience and perseverance you will have it down to a tee pretty quickly…

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