NYFW Beauty: Braids Go DIY at Rachel Antonoff, Mara Hoffman

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This season the favorite hairstyle is a little more attainable.

Braids on NYFW runways are a given, but this season they seem to be lots less complex than in the past. Rachel Antonoff’s show on Monday morning at the Plaza Hotel featured a camp theme and appropriately the hair was inspired by "a group of girls at camp sitting there doing each other’s hair," said Linh Nguyen for Cutler/Redken salons.

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The models had one of three hairstyles, two of which appeared to be braids but were actually super simple series of knots in the hair. Nguyen used Redken Braid Aid 03 Defining Lotion ($25) in their manes before creating the looks, which also included a half-up, half-down style with two tiny fishtail braids starting above the ears, and a larger fishtail braid coming down the back, all meeting in the middle.


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Mara Hoffman’s Willie Nelson–inspired runway show naturally featured catwalkers with long pigtail braids à la the musician’s longtime hairdo. And Thom Browne’s geisha schoolgirl world had models in dual braids as well, with plaid ribbons on the ends. Theirs, however, executed by Jimmy Paul for Bumble and Bumble, were sticking straight up like bunny ears, since the set was upside-down. Bumble and Bumble Thickening Hairspray ($29), and floral wire, were key to the hair-raising look that was really just created with classic braids.

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Which is to say, braids are going more DIY this season, which is good news for those who never got the hang of a five-strand braid or milkmaid 'do. As for Antonoff’s knotted style, said Nguyen, "It looks a lot more complex than it is, but it’s a look you can really achieve at home yourself. I think all these looks are."