Braided Hairstyles Get Twisted, Go Half-Up-Half-Down

Get The Look: Braided, Twisted, + Half-Up-Half-Down

Ann Yee’s Spring/Summer 2014 collection was inspired “by the history of urban Detroit, Michigan – USA, its current crumbling economic state, combined with an appreciation for the survivalist spirit of the city as it moves towards a transformation,” and the hair followed suit.

Created by Aveda Global Styling Director Allen Ruiz, the hair on models backstage at New York Fashion Week was, as he describes, “urban street style colliding with shiny, modern elegance.”

To DIY the runway hairstyle at home, follow these backstage beauty tips…

Step 1: Mist dry hair with Aveda Pure Abundance™ Style Prep™ and blow dry straight with a round brush. This will add the texture and grip needed to create this look.

Step 2: Separate out 3 sections of hair (left, middle, right) and prep the 2 side sections with Aveda Phomollient™ Styling Foam to ensure a clean look that adds shine without build up or weight.

Step 3: Carefully begin to gather hair from the temple and form a tight, delicate braid down to the nape of the neck. Secure with a clear hair tie.

Step 4: Repeat on the other side and tie both sections together at the nape of the neck.

Step 5: Gather the top half of the middle section of hair and begin roll and pin into a structured twist that kisses the braid just behind the ear.

Step 6: Flat iron the remainder of hair to fall over the shoulders and clear hair tie. Use Aveda Control Force™ Firm Hold Hair Spray to smooth hair into place for a firm, long lasting hold.

Step 7: Finish the look with a fine mist of Aveda Brilliant Spray on Shine™ to eliminate flyaways.