If you haven't noticed, there's a new twist on traditional braids giving coifs everywhere some serious pop. Thanks to an innovative breed of temporary hair color led by Hair Chox (hair "chalk" that imparts intense color that washes out in your next shampoo) braids are coming to life in an unexpectedly vivid way. This kind of no-commitment color means you can go crazy streaking, and then, when you braid your hair, the effect is like a multihued tapestry. "The colors are fun and great for the younger girl who can afford to be a little edgy," says celebrity hairstylist Oscar Blandi. "The looser the braid, the better it looks." A fishtail braid is an ideal way to show your colors. Here, tips to create the style:
Chose the Hair Chox colors you want. Like a crayon, run the Chox down the length of your hair wherever you want the streaks to be. The more colors you put in your hair, the more intricate your braid will look.
Amp Up Texture and Volume
For your braid to stay put, it needs holding power. Use a product like Oscar Blandi Pronto Texture & Volume Spray to give it grip. "Spray it throughout your hair before styling to thicken and add lots of texture so the style is guaranteed to stay intact," says Blandi. "Hair should be as voluminous as possible to ensure the braid won't fall flat."