In a world in which braids
have asserted 'do dominance and don't seem to be going anywhere anytime soon, we find ourselves a people divided: There are those who can braid, and those who can't. Those who can
consume DIYs with voracious appetites; there's no plait too complicated or too whimsical for their nimble fingers. But, those who are less adept at the technique get the short end of the stick.
Dear challenged readers, we see you, and we're here to help. We charged hairstylist Austin Call from Aveda
to come up with hairstyles that look like plaits — but aren't. They're so simple and chic that even those of us who can weave with our eyes closed will be converts.
Ahead, learn about the wonders of faux-braiding. Because, we want everyone to have access to the trend — regardless of their skill level. In other words: Even if you can't braid, you can still sit with us.
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Photographed by David Cortes; Modeled by Isabelle Sauer / Elite Models; hair by Austin Call; makeup by Clarissa Luna; styled by Willow Lindley; set design by Amy Taylor