I love plaits. I love teeny tiny ones randomly through long locks with some cute crimping action (a la my own W-day barnet) I love massive plaited crowns adorned with flowers and feathers, I love french ones and messy rock chick ones and neat geek chic ones…….I love them ALL.

But most of all (or at least for right now – the fickle Madam that I am) I love plaits of the fishtail variety, I have taken to donning a side type one for most special occasions/events.

I have not as yet however worn two in a kind of Heidi/milkmaid esque fashion. For our Sunshine State Of Mind shoot however model Gabriella wore her plaited pigtails perfectly – she looked EPIC.

Hair stylist Lucy Spary is going to share with you gorgeous lot the whole how-to so you can recreate the look for yourselves, let us know how you get on and what your favourite plaited style is in the comments box below lovelies.


1. Dry

Blowdry in some Bumble and Bumble Style cream.


2. Back Comb

Back comb the roots all the way through to create body, then lightly brush over the surface for a natural look.


3. Part & Divide

Put in a middle parting from the front all the way through to the back and divide into two sections and keep separated with a clip.


4. Seperate

On the first side, separate the hair into two sections again.


5. Cross Over & Release

Pull a thin strand of hair from the outside of the left section. Pull it over the top of the left section, and grasp it under the right section. In other words, the strand of hair has gone over the left section and finishes under the right section. (You don’t have to pull too tight.)


6. Secure

At the end, secure with a hair elastic then spread the plait softly making it wider and a more textured.


7. Repeat

Continue this on the other side.


Hair Stylist – Lucy Spary
Products – Bumble and Bumble
Photography – Ben at Touch

Ta Da!

Feel free to adorn with a single feather for a Pochahontas-inspired look or perhaps even one of our leather headbands?

You can find HUNDREDS of other ideas on our Hair Styling Pinterest board.

Big Heidi Love

Charlotte xxx

Author: Charlotte O’Shea
Purveyor of short shorts. Make-up junkie. Hopes to grow old disgracefully.

8 thoughts on “Plaited.

  1. I love fishtail plaits but my hair is layered, which means they never look good 🙁 These fishtail plaits look amazing and the pair…so cute!

  2. Long hair envy! Long hair envy!

    Love this look. Could there be a more beautiful model too?! Serious girl crush on Gabriella right now 🙂

    Please could you offer some ideas on how us ladies with less blessed tresses could style our hair and achieve a look that is as romantic and feminine? In my case, i’ve got a short and blunt bob… oh and super thin hair! I have got a hair trial in a few weeks time and I have no idea what to even ask for!

    Nicola xx

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