Braid in Heaven

Alison Alhamed | August 30, 2012 | 1:55 PM
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modern milkmaid :: Hair is braided using both over and under braiding techniques, working from front to back. The remaining hair was gathered into a rope and twisted into a bun.
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tight rope :: Hair is rope braided around the head, and the remaining lengths are secured into a ballerina bun.
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devine demoiselle :: Hair is softly set and divided into two sections—the top is rope braided and backcombed to loosen. The bottom section is also rope braided and a push/pull technique is used to loosen the rope.
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amorous victory :: Victory roll-inspired volume introduces a textured, side-swept pony.
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Braid in Heaven

Hair: Vivienne MacKinder for Intercoiffure America-Canada
Assistant: Rosemary Tejeda
Photography: Roberto Ligresti
Make-up: David Maderich
Fashion styling: David Widjaja

The Romantica Illusione collection by Vivienne MacKinder amps up the braiding trend by offering an editorial presentation of this season’s hottest look. Mackinder, founder of was eager to bring romance to braids in this MODERN exclusive, as they can often appear beach or juvenile.

“I wanted to add sophistication and softness," says MacKinder, Fashion Director for Intercoiffure America-Canada. “There is a true art to braiding, demanding great dexterity and skills. It’s all about fashion that stands out, yet fits in.”

The collection features a blend of fishtail braids, three-strand reverse, and three-strand rope braids, using strategic placement of Simplicity hair extensions, and a combination of backcombing, blending and combining different shapes enhanced by push-pull effects.

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