The ongoing polar vortex might be delaying our spring-time jubilation, but we'd never let a little icy wind get in the way of our favorite part of any
new season: all the fresh ways to braid our hair, obviously.
This time around, the look du jour is not about sculptural, intricate 'dos that would take an eight-armed prodigy to accomplish (nothing against that look, but our arms are tired just thinking about it). Instead, we're aiming for braids
that are as simple and pretty as a fresh spring blossom, yet as new to the world as the chirping baby bird who woke us up this morning.
To accomplish this goal, we brought in hairstylist Amy Farid
, also known as the creator of some of our all-time favorite braids from Free People catalogues. Having the master of boho-chic perfection on our side meant there was no stopping us from coming up with four totally gorgeous, of-the-moment braid styles.
Also, we know that many of you chopped your hair off this winter (and, we encouraged you to do so). So, why do a braid tutorial on extra-long locks when there are so many newly bobbed manes out there? Our model had a collar-bone-length bob, a great happy medium between mermaid hair and pixie chops.
Click through to see the looks and learn how to do 'em.
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Photographed by Mike Garten; Makeup by Ashleigh B. Ciucci; Modeled by Paige / APM Models; Styled by Jen Steele; Hair by Amy Farid