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Milkmaid Braids are Back!

Who would have thought this unlikely bunch would share the same hairstyle? Hollywood stars, Jennifer Lopez, Sienna Miller, model Carmen Kass and Princess Leia all love their milkmaid braids. Like it or not, this classic updo is back and it's cuter than ever.


To learn how to create this look at home,

    Begin by applying some smoothing serum to damp hair.
  • Next, coat your hair with a smoothing gel to help prevent frizz and fly aways. I like Biolage smooththérapie Smoothing Gel, $11.95. Then, create a center part and blow dry your hair downward at a 45 degree angle using a nozzle for a smooth look, or blow dry with no nozzle for a more relaxed look.
  • Using your center part as a guideline, create two braided pigtails and secure each braid with a small hair elastic. If you have enough hair, try and cross the braids over the top of your head like you see in the photos, and secure each side with bobby pins. If you have short hair, buy a hair piece to go around your head the same color as your hair (or have it dyed to match) and secure with bobby pins. Take your real hair and weave it into the braid or else pin your pigtails underneath the hair piece so that it doesn't show.
  • To secure the look and reduce the amount of loose wisps, spritz hair generously all over with any hairspray of your choice.

This just in! To prove we practice what we preach, here's our in-office ten minute attempt. Not bad I'd say!

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punkylexy punkylexy 7 years
I have African-European hair which means when its straight its kinda stays where you put it..so this looks nice in my hair and piles up high on my head. I sometimes slot a headband in beetween the plaits for a dash of colour..but I cant figure out how to do the tendrils!
maddiefish maddiefish 7 years
Aw I love Sienna Miller's. Very cute, I can see myself wearing this to ballet class . . .
PeachyKeen19 PeachyKeen19 7 years
I love Jenn's look must, braids are so fun. :)
kscincotta kscincotta 9 years
Ditto Maggie Gyllenhaal. And I like this look, I was just bugged by it on Sienna since the braid part was so clearly fake.
M155-J4CK13 M155-J4CK13 9 years
You forgot MK Olsen! I absolutely love this look on her.
bluejeanie bluejeanie 9 years
i used to wear my hair like this all the time in high school. i called it my princess leia 'do. i think this look is so cute. ::the platypus is proof that god has a sense of humor::
Thoia Thoia 9 years
Hey FabSugar, you forgot Julia Timosjenko, Ukrainian politician. It's her signature hair style!
purpleisafruit purpleisafruit 9 years
I love this hairstyle!
Wicked Wicked 9 years
These women have hairstylists and I don't so I'd rather not.
karlorene karlorene 9 years
i guess this look isn't really for me
ikitty13 ikitty13 9 years
I adored Sienna's hair and the entire look at the Globes, I don't understand why she got so much flack for it. Sienna is a doll.
dreamsugar dreamsugar 9 years
feels like it need some daisies!
Daisy6264 Daisy6264 9 years
I love to wear my hair up like this. I fix it like this for work, alot.
divinedebris divinedebris 9 years
cute, but i don't see women really doing their hair like this for a regular day out on the town.
UrbanBohemian UrbanBohemian 9 years
Yay for the milkmaid look!
WhatTheFrockBlog WhatTheFrockBlog 9 years
I think this is such a cute 'do, but I think I'd look like an idiot if I tried it. Plus, I don't have the right hair. :(
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