The Braid is Back: Are The Odds in Your Favour You’ll Be Wearing it?

By | April 20 2012 | 27 Comments

Katniss' braids

Braids have been making fashion waves for the last few years but The Hunger Games has thrown them into sharp focus once more thanks to Katniss’ District 12 ways. The braid is back, and cor blimey if it isn’t seven shades of confusing. Oh no, it’s not a plait anymore, you understand. Now it’s a wrap-around-your-head milkmaid yoke or a fishtail, Edwardian (no, me either), reverse, Dutch, inside-out, Grecian … Jaysis you’d be exhausted even getting to grips with the names, let alone bending your arms back around your head to actually put one together.

Katniss had her ma, Cinna and her prep team to help her out: we have Pinterest as our secret weapon. Thankfully, no one is throwing us into an arena full of vile predators where our shameful downfall will be screened live for the nation either. Well – that’s between you and your Tallafornia season two application form I guess. But don’t say we didn’t warn you!

hunger games inspired braids

So, here are some lovely looks we’ve pinned to our Braids board on’s Pinterest profile (what? You didn’t know we’re on Pinterest!? WELL WE ARE! We’re right here so follow us immediatement). There’s lots more braid-based goodness up there too – have a goo and let us know in a comment if:

a) you’re gonna bother with this whole plait palaver in the first place


b) what your favourite braid style is

To the comments!

(Psst: the next film we’re tipping for beauty madness is Snow White and the Huntsman. Benefit are the official makeup partner and in the US, there’s even a kit being released for the film but it will be a state-side exclusive and won’t see the light of day here. eBay will be your pal or else it will – fingers crossed – be available from the US Benefit website. Regardless, we’ll be seeing a lot of gorgeous beauty looks from the film, I’d wager)

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27 Replies to "The Braid is Back: Are The Odds in Your Favour You’ll Be Wearing it?"

  • Maj says:

    Would love to be able to do this but i can’t do it without making it look like i had a stroke mid way

  • I like to use a plait the odd time to help tie away a side fringe if it’s annoying me!

    I didn’t really know they were out of season….weird huh?

    I’m not really that much into hair trends to be honest….just as long as it looks nice :)

  • daisydaisy says:

    I love the front fringe braid/plait….but can’t get the hang of doing it myself….I think I need to grow an extra arm!!!

  • MsSitting says:

    It looks beautiful, but I presume you need thick romantic hair like Helena Bonham Carter in ‘A Room With A View’.

  • dublinistq says:

    What a coincidence!! I’m wearing a side french plait this morning, inspired by Rachel Khoo. I love plaits – they are low maintenance but look like you’ve made an effort.

  • Gracie says:

    I love the Katniss braid!! It looks awesome. I would have tried it if I wasn’t so bad at braiding. All my life, I had long hair and I can’t braid -_-

    My all-time fav braid should be the French braid. Current fav is the Katniss braid, which is, in a way, partly a type of French braid anyway.

    I don’t like Kristen Stewart as an actress but I am so excited about Snow White and the Huntsman. The trailer looks great.

  • Orla says:

    I love plats/braids/whatever you want to call them, but alas my hairbrush has more hair than I do these days, so they always come out little skinny ‘yokes so I don’t do them very often :( Would love long thick locks that I could play around with.. Oh Katniss what I would give for your hair!!

  • SJP's Missing Mole says:

    Have tried repreatedly to do plaits along the front, but it just ends up looking like a plaited Hitler fringe, as I cant keep it small enough.

    Love the look though, especially with a bob like mine which isnt long enough to throw up in a messy bun anymore.

  • Uh I love braids for the spring/summer!!! There is an amazing girl on youtube that breaks down all the Hunger Games styles and also other amazing hairstyles in case anyone’s interested…..

  • Hazie says:

    Orla – I hear ya 100%

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