Braided Hairstyles: Deconstructed Safari Braid at Rachel Zoe

For Spring/Summer 2014, Rachel Zoe wants to take you, the “modern jet-set girl,” on a glamorous safari, complete with a soft, deconstructed braid.

Inspired by “windswept safari days and subtle tribal details,” Moroccanoil Artistic Director Antonio Corral Calero created the ethereal deconstructed modern take on the braided hairstyle seen on the runway at Rachel Zoe’s Spring/Summer 2014 runway show at New York Fashion Week.

The look was achieved by taking random parts of pre-textured strands, crisscrossing them (like macramé) and tucking them into the back and inside of a low braid.

According to Corral Calero, “the hair needs to be in great condition to hold this kind of free-flowing look. Though there is some shine, the strands look semi-matte (made possible by new Moroccanoil Root Boost and new Moroccanoil Molding Cream — both of which launched this season at Fashion Week). Hair can still move in any direction and look and feel good thanks to the dry application of Moroccanoil Treatment.”

How To DIY The Deconstructed Safari Braided Hairstyle at Rachel Zoe:

Step 1: Apple Moroccanoil Treatment on dry hair to condition, strengthen and smooth before spraying new Moroccanoil Root Boost (available in 2014) at the roots (starting at the nape and working up).

Step 2: Warm a bit of Moroccanoil Molding Cream (available in 2014) between fingers and work it throughout hair from roots to ends to give hair the right semi-matte texture with enough shine.

Step 3: Blow dry hair from underneath, lifting the hair at the roots using your fingers.

Step 4: When almost dry, flip your head over and finger-massage the hair at the root to intensify the tangled texture.

Step 5: Sectioned the hair from ear to ear and pin the top half up before braiding the remaining strands at the nape of the neck.

Step 6: Release the top hair and then tucked random parts into the braid, like macramé, to create a loose, inverse-pyramid shape.

Step 7: Softly rotate your palm over the hair to make it lie naturally – creating more flyaways at the top.

Step 8: To add a tribal vibe, make several little braids placed randomly at the sides.

Step 9: Pull out the little baby hairs around the hairline to create movement.