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Introducing the Latest Braid Craze: The Center Plait

Jun 25 2014 - 7:00pm

Braids have been trending for quite some time now [1], and no one can seem to get enough of them — whether it's a messy-chic fishtail [2], a boho waterfall [3], or an on-trend undercut [4]. And now we're eager to present the latest fad in plaits: the center braid. The look involves a braid going straight down the middle of your head with your hair either left loose or swooped into a bun or ponytail. To help you try it at home, we scored steps from Jenny Balding of the Cutler salon in NYC [5]. Read on to see more inspiring images of the center braid.

  1. Blow-dry your hair very straight by using a smoothing, straightening lotion.
  2. Gather a two-inch mohawk section of hair. It should go from the top center of your head down to the nape and end in a point.
  3. Apply a dry shampoo on this section to create texture and grip.
  4. Using this section, reverse braid from the hairline right down to the nape and secure it with a small band.
  5. If necessary, finish the look by using a straightening iron on the loose hair to create a sleek, polished feel.

Source: Getty/Steve Granitz [6]

The Center Braid

Source: Redken/Cutler [7]

Side View of the Center Braid

Source: Redken/Cutler [8]

Back View of the Center Braid

Source: Redken/Cutler [9]

Chain-Link Center Braid

Source: @ice_braids [10]

Mini Center Braid

Extrasleek Center Braid

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