Remember when it was ultra-cool to tease two strands of hair from the front section of your parting and scrape the rest back? Well, this ’90s hairstyle is back in business and has undergone a modern twist that’s far more ‘cool-girl’ in its nuances than its previous incarnation. Say hello to the two mini plaits. As spotted on Kylie Jenner, Margot Robbie and myriad influencers in-between, this easy hairstyle involves two single plaits at the front section of the parting (ideally middle) whilst the rest of the hair is pulled back or left loose. The point of difference? The plaits usually finish two thirds of the way down the hair without a visible hair-tie, giving it that edge and freshness not often associated with school-girl plaits.
Cute cool as I like to call it”
‘Tight plaits are very popular this summer and we will see a rise in this trend throughout A/W,’ says Zoe Irwin, celebrity hair stylist and ghd ambassador. Spotted at Max Mara and Palm Angels on the Autumn/Winter’20 runway, Bella Hadid and co sported singular tight plaits that looked perennially cool. ‘It’s a fun, feminine and super flattering detail,’ adds Irwin, ‘and due to lockdown people haven’t been able to get their hair cut so there’s been a surge in experimenting with hair looks and adding little details. Cute cool as I like to call it.’
Want in on the trend? Follow Irwin’s step-by-step guide below to create the ‘cute cool’ plaits…
How to recreate this 90s mini plait trend
The look works best with smooth sleek hair. ‘As we’re seeing oversized clothing and big puffy sleeves taking off – ensuring hair is shaped and smooth will compliment this fashion look,’ explains Irwin.
Step 1: Dry damp hair with a hairdryer to help smooth the hair cuticle. Next, add shine with a serum like ghd’s shine and smooth serum, £16.50, followed with straightening irons to ensure the hair is really sleek.
Step 2: Spray some hairspray onto your fingertips (Zoe recommends ghd final fix hairspray, £10.95) before taking a 2cm section of hair from the parting. Separate the hair into three smaller sections and begin to plait. Top tip? Ensure you keep your hands as close to the face as possible, without lifting, to prevent adding volume at the root.
Step 3: Secure the ends of your plaits in one of three ways. Option one – use a clear elastic hair tie to secure the plaits. Option two – backcomb the end section of the plaits to keep them in place without using a hair tie. Option three – using the ghd platinum+ styler, £149, hold the styler on the bottom section of hair for a couple of seconds to heat seal the plaits.
Step 4: Finish your look with a generous misting of ghd’s final fix hairspray to add shine.
Et voila! A simple detail that can elevate your hair style in seconds.