Asian woman with a high, braided updo

Textured hair ladies LOVE their braids. They help to stretch our curls and coils while pumping up the root volume for our wavy haired sisters. They are fun, fearless and for the past couple seasons, unbelievably fashionable! Of course, you can only do so much with braids, right? Wrong! From splashes of color to funky twists, find out how to update (and upgrade!) your braid hairstyles.

Extreme Styles

For the spring 2012 shows, designers, like Mara Hoffman, added height and volume to braided updos by incorporating strips of fabric and extensions to score tribal-inspired looks.




Woman with a sprayed-on blue hair braid

Extreme Styles

If you crave more than a touch of tint, try an allover sprayed-on hue like the models on Thakoon's runways. Thankfully, color in a can is much easier to remove than Manic Panic!









Elle Fanning wearing a wrap-around hair braid

Extreme Styles

A more street-friendly take on Hoffman's sky-high look is Elle Fanning's wrap-around 'do, seen here. When securing thicker braids to the apex of your head, just remember to use open-ended bobby pins because they grip more hair at one time.

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