Braids is one of my favorite warm weather go-to hairstyle. It hides my messy second day hair and keep the sticky strands out of my sight. The style is so simple I can even make my hair look cool with little effort. The types of braids out there are endless. As long as you can imagine it you can create it. Really. Take a look at the runway styles (below) for example. All of these hairstyle uses braids you already know of with a twist. It's a matter of playing with texture and arrangement. Scroll down to see some of my favorite runway hairstyles and my explanation of how to recreate it.
Rebecca Minkoff's fishtail crown. I've always been a fan RB's runway show because it has a very wearable appeal. So, when I saw this milkmaid inspired braid I was in love with it. The can be worn to the gym, out for casual drinks with the girls or in beautiful clothes fresh off the runway like Lindsey Wixson. Recreating this style is super easy - part your hair into two sections, braid it and cross the braids over the top of your head and secure with a bobby pin, tucking in the tails so that they don't show.
Rachel Zoe's disheveled braid. This style is suitable for those who are not good at French braiding. Pin up half of the hair in a messy manner and complete the bottom with a simple 3 strand brand.
VPL's low fishtail braid. This hairstyle will make your next gym visit much more cooler. The look is athletic and elegant, and goes well with any post-workout attire.
Venexiana's double braid. Section hair from hairline to crown and pin one section to the side. Then start braiding the hair until you reach the nape, secure and pin it to place. Repeat to the other side. Finally combine the two tail into a low bun.
Karen Walker's loose side braid. Give your hair an edgy touch in less than a minute by adding a loose side braid.
Nicole Miller's messy crown braid. This is the only time flyaway is acceptable. Start Dutch braiding the hair line and bring the braid to the back. After securing the braid with an elastic, pin the tail to place (make a faux updo). It doesn't have to be perfect.