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Instagram's Hottest Back-To-School Braids

Score top marks this semester with these stylish braided looks

Prim schoolgirl pigtails are a thing of the past. The new incarnation of school braids ooze cool-factor and have become a hot look for Instagram's style set. Whether you're going back to school (or just want to channel the look!) here's a few ways to rock the modern, urban school braid.

Braiding mathematics

If you want to go to the top of the class, then you'll need to master this basic braiding puzzle. Start by parting the hair, then take three sections in each side and braid up to the (square) root. The answer? The urban take on traditional pigtails! However unlike a math problem – there's no need to be too precise! A few flyaways enhance this look's texture, while also accentuating the hair colour gradient.

Style scientist

If you want to go to the top of the class, then you'll need to master this basic braiding puzzle. Start by parting the hair, then take three sections in each side and braid up to the (square) root. The answer? The urban take on traditional pigtails! However unlike a math problem – there's no need to be too precise! A few flyaways enhances this look's texture, while also accentuating the hair colour gradient.

Just like in science class, some precise methodology is required in order to achieve this Dutch braid meets voluminous half-bun look. The intricate braids atop the head need to be neat and uniform and the ends are then secured into a thick, tidy bun. For a beautiful contrast, finish the look with softened beachy waves through the lengths.

Sporty plaits

Fists up, braids in - it's time to get physical! These sleek, don't-mess-with-me boxing braids are not only easy to achieve, but are actually practical for when you're getting your sweat on in gym class. However when you're working out, the last thing you need is for your hairstyle to fall apart – so spritz with to help these boxer braids stay put.

Arts, crafts and braids

Need to get those creative juices flowing? This fun and free-spirited look will encourage your inner artist to shine. To create the undone wavy look, use a curling tong in combination with your L'Oréal Professionnel Wild Stylers Beach Waves hairspray and then rake through the curls with your fingers. For the bohemian finishing touch, simply add in a relaxed side braid. Grab your brushes and you're ready for art class!

End-of-year report: full marks to the braid brigade!

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