Would You Try… The Milkmaid Braid?


Braids have been in fashion for quite a few seasons now. And since hair stylists are constantly looking for ways to spice up styles, of course the milkmaid braid was going to be an alternative twist to a simple plait.

Milkmaid braids (ones that wrap around the top of your head, like a plait crown) have been everywhere, from television shows like Game of Thrones and on the catwalk (as seen at Alice + Olivia) to on the red carpet and of course on celebrities as they go about their day to day lives, think Kourtney Kardashian and the Olsen twins.

When the milkmaid braid first landed on my radar I instantly pictured scenes from Little House On the Prairie, which would obviously be a huge turn off for anyone.

However, with many celebrities sporting the look and actually looking pretty chic in the process, I decided to give this little trend a whirl. My main concern was trying to achieve this style on my own as it’s worlds apart from my usual no fuss hair style of just blow drying my hair and leaving it to its own devices.

First port of call was YouTube to try and find a ‘how to’ video. I start typing “milkma” and I haven’t even got to the end of the first word and my phone has already guessed what I’m trying to search. One click and I’m inundated with thousands of videos on how to achieve my desired look. I choose the shortest video and watch it. Okay I must admit, contrary to my initial judgment, this look is surprisingly simple to achieve.

Although I was initially very resistant to try the milkmaid plaits as I thought it was too cute a style for me, I’m now a convert! These plaits are great as a quick-fix and can easily turn bad hair into a chic and polished look in five minutes or under. The best thing about them also happens to be the fact that if you sleep with them in, you can still rock them the next day with minimal effort as they still look great when they’re distressed and a little undone. You’ll never have a bad hair day again!

If you want to try the milkmaid braid, here’s a step by step guide on how to achieve the look:

  • Part your hair down the centre of your head (for extra control on freshly washed hair, use a small amount of styling cream or dry shampoo).
  • Plait both sides of your hair, making sure you direct the hair back and keep it tight as you go (braiding the hair loosely will give you a thicker, chunkier braid).
  • Wrap the first braid forward and across the top of your head, securing the end behind the opposite ear with a hair grip.
  • Repeat step 3 for the other braid.
  • Secure both plaits with more hair grips till your hair feels secure.
  • Using the end of a fine tooth comb, lightly pull the braids for a softer look.
  • Finally, lightly use some hairspray to ensure hair stays in place.
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