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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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