Earlier this week, supermodel Bella Hadid was spotted out and about in a look that gave us a serious case of nostalgia. The Victoria's Secret newbie is no stranger to the braid, but her most recent spin on the style featured great lengths. The model stepped out in a single-sleeved crop top and lace-up pants – another nod to Sunday's birthday girl Christina Aguleria's Dirty days? – her brunette lengths woven tightly into a glossy, knotted duo of plaits that began at the crown and extended to waist level, pulling further focus to her sculpted core.
Though the braided mane fits perfectly into the current beauty landscape, the addition of oversized silver hoop earrings and throwback ensemble offer a hit of nostalgia for the '90s. Bella completed the look with a flick of black eyeliner, copper-dusted lids, and a seriously glossy pout finished the look with minimal effort.
Read on to find out how to achieve her look for yourself, because a couple of plaits and an application of attitude are all you need to steal the show! (Don't forget the hoops earrings and extra small crop top).
STEP BY STEP: BELLA HADID'S WAIST-BRUSHING BRAIDS
If you're looking to achieve Bella's exact hairstyle, consider incorporating hair extensions into this tutorial to achieve waist-brushing length. If you're already blessed with Rapunzel length locks, get started with the first step!
To start this look off, begin with clean hair to ensure an ultra-shiny finish like Bella's. You can also use oils or serums, and apply it through the lengths of your hair using your fingers to create shine. If you're shampooing and conditioning your hair before trying out this hairstyle, make sure to rinse with cold water. This will close up the hair follicle and allow light to reflect against your hair, therefore creating shine.
Once you've achieved maximum shine, part your hair down the middle and separate it into two sections with hair on each side of your head. Use a brush to brush out the hair, creating smooth locks to work with.
Next, pull the hair on one side of your head into an elastic to keep it out of the way when you work on the other side of your head. Then, use a fine tooth comb on the side that you haven't pulled into an elastic, and start at the hairline to pull a small strand of hair up from the larger section of hair. This smaller section of hair should begin as close to your middle part as possible.
Now that you have your small strand to work with, begin braiding by grabbing pieces of hair from lower down on your hairline and incorporating them into the smaller strand of hair. Remember that this is an inverted braid, so rather than performing the braid as you normally would (placing new pieces underneath one another), introduce new pieces to the braid and place them under one another.
Continue braiding in this fashion, making sure that the braid moves slightly closer to your ear area as you move down your head. This will create a cool curve like Bella's.
The braid should get thicker as you move down your head. Once you reach the end of your hair, secure your braid with an elastic, then repeat the process on the other side of your head. Finish off with a shine finish hairspray and pop on some hoop earrings for a cool '90s look like Bella's!