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7 Trendiest Plaited Hairstyles To Try In 2018

23 February 2018
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Jessie Amato

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For as long as she can remember, Jessie has had a passion for all things beauty. As an employee of L'Oréal, she hopes to share her knowledge and inspire Hair.com readers to express themselves—one new cut and color at a time.

Popular fashion trends come and go, and so do hairstyles. As chokers and millennial pink are on their way out, you’ll also notice certain hairstyles fading from the spotlight. While you won’t be seeing sock buns and poofs regaining popularity anytime soon, there are some looks that never go out of style.

From everyday women to lavish A-listers, plaited hairstyles are a mainstay for almost everyone. Since plaited looks range from simple to intricate, it can be hard to know which style fits within the range of your braiding expertise.. If you’re imagination only takes you as far as a single French braid, we’ve got you covered. Here are some of the best plaited hairstyles for you to try this year.

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Half Up Dutch Plaited Ponytail

In the past few years, half-up hairstyles have returned in a major way. Half-up top knots and ponytails have not only taken over social media, but also set the bar even higher by putting a spin on classic styles. If you’re looking to try your hand at a quick and easy Dutch braid, combine it with your half ponytail for a simple, everyday look.

To begin, part your hair into two equal sections on the top and bottom. Using a hair tie, fasten the top half into a ponytail. Separate the loose hair from the ponytail into three even sections. Begin your Dutch braid by pulling the left section under the middle one, followed by the same steps with the right section. Continue the process until you’ve reached the ends of your hair. When you’ve finished, secure the braid with a clear hair elastic.

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Sleek Rope Braid

We’re all about sleek hair these days, and a slicked back, polished ponytail is a favorite for a night out or everyday wear. For added flare, try adding a rope braid into the mix. Start with tying your hair in a tight high ponytail. Brush through the strands of your pony and separate into two even sections. Twist each section individually in the same direction, then crisscross them to create a rope braid. Secure the braid with a hair tie and finish off the look with a few spritzes of hairspray.

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Edgy Side Plait

A lot of plaited styles are designed to flatten out your mane, but this edgy side braid will let your natural volume shine. Leave the hair at the top of your head free and take a small section of hair from one side, fastening a thin braid close to the scalp. Secure the style with a bobby pin and finish it off with strong hold hairspray. Pair this style with statement jewelry and a dramatic eye look for maximum style impact.

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Faux-hawk Plait

There are a few styles that could be worn to just about any occasion in your life. Luckily, the faux-hawk braid is equally as chic and elegant as it is edgy and fun. Whether you’re walking down the aisle or going to a rock concert, a faux-hawk braid represents the best of both worlds.

To try this style for yourself, start by using a few pumps of volumizing mousse to boost volume. Begin with a regular half ponytail at the top of your head, move down a few inches, and add another hair tie mid-ponytail. Underneath the first ponytail, section off another just below it and secure it. On the top ponytail, split the hair into two between the first and second hair tie. Pull the second ponytail from underneath through the space you created and combine the two ponytails with another hair tie.

Continue the process of creating ponytails underneath and pulling them through between each hair tie. Secure the style with a hair tie and tug on pieces of the braid for a textured, tousled look.

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Festival Plaits

Festival season is upon us, which means there’s no better time to start planning out your look. If you have festival season on the brain, you’re probably dreaming of all things desert and boho. A tousled, braided top knot is the perfect photo worthy look for any festival-goer.

To achieve this look, section off the top of your head and separate it evenly as if you were creating four different plaits. Make sure the braids are as tight to your scalp as possible, braiding them into a top knot. Pull several thin strands from the top knot for a perfectly undone look. Since no festival-worthy style is complete without a an accessory, embellish the look with some loose glitter at the top of your mane.

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Half Plaited Rosette

The half plaited rosette may look intricate, but achieving this beautiful faux flower can be done in a few simple steps.

To begin, loosely braid small sections at the side of your head starting at your ear, stopping at the middle. Take the loose hair and both braids to the center, bringing them together with a hair tie. To create the rosette shape, create a three-strand braid with the remaining hair from the half ponytail and secure it. Roll the braid towards the top elastic to shape the rosette. Pin down the edges with bobby pins and complete the look with medium hold hairspray.

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Sleek Rope Braid

We’re all about sleek hair these days, and a slicked back, polished ponytail is a favorite for a night out or everyday wear. For added flare, try adding a rope braid into the mix. Start with tying your hair in a tight high ponytail. Brush through the strands of your pony and separate into two even sections. Twist each section individually in the same direction, then crisscross them to create a rope braid. Secure the braid with a hair tie and finish off the look with a few spritzes of hairspray.

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