How To: Bridal Braids
Designer Monique Lhuillier’s Fall 2014 Bridal Collection featured layered tulle fabrics with lace details, embroidered motifs and silver and gold threadwork. To complement the romantic fashions, Antonio Corral Calero, Moroccanoil artistic director, created braided looks with a matte-textured finish.
“We wanted the girls to look like themselves, wearing updos with a romantic, soft and whimsical mood,” said Calero. “The attention was on the matte texture of the hair and the intricate details of each braided bun, parted side or center, with minimal volume on top.” Here are two of the runway styles
For all the styles, hair was prepped with Moroccanoil Treatment from mid-length to ends. Moroccanoil Root Boost was applied throughout head and hair was blown dry, using fingers to lift, detangle and separate. When dry, Moroccanoil Molding Cream was applied to add texture, especially at the crown.
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Comb hair toward the back of the head and create three large partings. Each of the partings will become a braid. The center braid is a standard braid that will form the foundation for the chignon and the two side braids are inward French braids.
Pull the left and right braids around the back of the head and wrap them several times around the middle braid, approximately half way down.
Give the braid a more romantic and uneven look by pulling and opening up elements of each braid within the chignon.
Begin by parting the hair to the side and control fly-aways with Moroccanoil Luminous Hairspray Medium. Divide hair into three parts: center, left and right sides.
Turn the right and left braids into feather braids and turn the middle braid into a slightly back-combed ponytail. Cross the right and left braids toward the back of the head, circling the back part until the middle of the ponytail.
Pin the bottom portion of the braid and ponytail inwards toward the nape to create the slightly loose chignon.