It's official: we can't get enough of braids. French braids, fishtail braids, crown braids – the possibilities are endless, which is why the classic style has quickly become one of the hottest hair trends of 2016. What's so good about braids, you ask? First off, boxer braids can stylishly keep hair back and out of your face, which is perfect when you're heading to the gym or beach to avoid a face full of sweaty strands. And thanks to celebrities by the likes of Ciara, Blake Lively , and Chrissy Teigen, the laidback style has made its way from the gym to the red carpet for spring/summer 2016.
The best part about braids? They're an easy way to pull yourself together when you don't have time to wash your hair before running out the door. Better yet, when you sleep on them and remove them the next day, you're left with gorgeous, voluminous '80s style curls that allow you to skip a step when getting ready in the morning.
The latest braid style to catch our eye? Amanda Seyfried's loose, corn-row braids that she wore to the premiere of her film Ted 2 earlier this year. The actress wore four braids in her hair that began at the front of her head, and continued through the lengths of hair, resting along sleek, loose strands.
Ready to take on this complicated style? Follow our five easy steps!
HAIR TUTORIAL: LOOSE CORN ROW BRAIDS
To start off, spray your hair with a heat protective spray while warming up your flat iron. Separate your hair into two sections (top and bottom) with an elastic, leaving the bottom section free. Use the flat iron to straighten out the bottom strands, then proceed with the top section of hair until you have perfectly sleek, straight strands from top to bottom.
Next, use a fine tooth comb to brush a large section of hair at the front of your head back as if you were creating a half-ponytail. The section should end at the arch of your brow on each side, leaving a small portion of hair free near your ears.
Separate the large chunk of hair into four smaller sections with a fine tooth comb. Use small elastics to hold the sections in place while you work on other sections.
Now, it's time to begin braiding. Grab one of the four smaller sections of hair, and French braid it, grabbing sections from the same small section and crossing them over one another to create the corn-row look. Once you've reached the top back part of your head, stop French braiding, and begin a simple braid using the rest of your hair. Secure with an elastic and let the braid sit atop your sleek locks.
Repeat step 4 for each of the remaining sections of hair, then apply a generous amount of hairspray to hold your work of art in place!