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Nicole Richie's Braids at the 18th Annual Environmental Media Awards

How-To: Nicole Richie's Laid Back and Natural Braid

At the 18th Annual Environmental Media Awards, Nicole Richie was all laid back and natural with her delicate French braids wrapped like a headband. If you're feeling this sexy, bohemian style, I've got the how-to below. And for another hippie-esque take on the look, try out Sarah Michelle Gellar's more twisty, less braidy updo from earlier this year.

  • Slightly dirty hair is easier to work with than freshly washed hair, but you can create "day-old" hair with a texturizing product. Lightly sprinkle Aveda Pure Abundance Hair Potion ($23) on the roots, working through to ends.
  • Next, part hair down the middle, stopping right before the crown area.
  • On one side, start French braiding. Gather pieces of hair as you move down, wrapping around to the opposite side, stopping before the ear. Hold together with a clear elastic band ($3.99). Don't worry about loose ends. Leave them for later.
  • On the other side, French braid — still gathering pieces as you go down, wrapping around to the opposite side like before. Focus on hiding the clear elastic band from your previous braid by tucking and intertwining loose ends from this braid. Use bobby pins to secure. The whole look is earthy, so be creative. The more you weave pieces from each braid together, the more organic and "flowy" it will feel.


lilxmissxmolly lilxmissxmolly 8 years
she looks really cute in this pic.
jenious jenious 8 years
She looks gorgeous. Love everything about it.
nuclear_winter nuclear_winter 8 years
ah i love this! i hope when i try it i can do it!
q8dee q8dee 8 years
Love it :)
himestephanie himestephanie 8 years
i did this look today and it was so simple and beautiful i got many compliments on it. a perk is that it only took about 5 minutes to put together. i love it
purpleisafruit purpleisafruit 8 years
She looks stunning - love her makeup and her hair.
shayela shayela 8 years
Aw! How is she pulling off that eyeliner so damn well? She looks indescribably cute.
cleo777 cleo777 8 years
She looks gorgeous!
Tabloid Tabloid 8 years
Loves it! I wanted to re-create this hairstyle by myself about 3 months ago but I couldn't because it's pretty darn hard.
emalove emalove 8 years
I absolutely LOVE it! Her braids are always so freaking cute.
fifthdaughter fifthdaughter 8 years
She does look great! I really like the hair though, good idea.
kitkat87 kitkat87 8 years
this is so pretty, i can't wait to try it out.
juliarose23 juliarose23 8 years
that looks so pretty!
pequeña pequeña 8 years
I went to a wedding this weekend and I wore my hair exactly like this. It looks very cute and classy it's easy to do.
cdelaney cdelaney 8 years
love it.
jurney jurney 8 years
I love her hair. It's super cute.
Angela123 Angela123 8 years
LOVE IT. i actually saw the Sarah Michelle Gellar version in Cosmo, and loved it too. I can't French braid to save my life, though.
fleurfairy fleurfairy 8 years
I've always wished I knew how to french braid. Sigh...
fleurdelispink fleurdelispink 8 years
latent latent 8 years
I'm totally yanking this. I love the braids, and I get sick of ponytails at work.
badkitty badkitty 8 years
I wish I knew how to french braid. I love this look.
dtho dtho 8 years
I love her and I love her hair!!!
Cris1192 Cris1192 8 years
She looks so cute on that pic
JessNess JessNess 8 years
I love braiding my hair like this. Its so fast and easy and easily disguises a bad/dirty hair day
Advah Advah 8 years
It looks like the 'parting line' at the back is hidden under unbraided hair from the top of her head, it looks really pretty! Thanks for the idea! Also I'm watching Veronica Mars season 3 at the moment, and I'm fascinated by her hairdos - she has really cool braided looks!
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