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Would You Wear… Milkmaid Braids?


All photos courtesy of ELLE: 1. Alice & Olivia, 2. Jennifer Lawrence, 3. Julianne Hough

If you watch Game of Thrones, you are likely obsessed with braided hair. Even if you aren’t a fan of the show, you probably know that braids have been in fashion for quite a few seasons now. Milkmaid braids - or braids that wrap around the top of your head – in particular, are crazy popular. Of course, your friends may tease you with “Swiss Miss” references, but the fact remains: milkmaid braids are really in right now. 

Although they look incredibly difficult, milkmaid braids are surprisingly simple to master. These braids are great for those days when you want to look chic and polished without having to put a ton of effort into your look.

If milkmaid braids are something you’re dying to try out, we have compiled an easy how-to guide, in order to help you recreate the look yourself:

How to make milkmaid braids:

  1. Spritz a little bit of dry shampoo or the styling product of your choice into your hair to give it some grip.
  2. Part your hair down the middle.
  3. Divide your hair into two sections. Leave some wispy strands in front for an easygoing look.
  4. Braid both sides of your hair. Wrapping the strands loosely will give you a thicker, chunkier braid.
  5. Pull your braid from one side across the top of your head and behind the opposite ear. As you do this, use bobby pins to keep the braid in place.
  6. Repeat step 5 on the other side.
  7. Secure with extra bobby pins and hairspray. Keep in mind this look is best done messy, so don’t worry about it looking perfect!

Got it down? Try these modifications:

  • Weave a piece of fabric or feathers into your braids.
  • Try out this look with fishtail or another kind of braid.

Would you wear milkmaid braids?

Or is this look not your style – or is your hair too short?  Which shot above is your favorite? Would you wear this look to class or out? Leave a comment below and let us know!

Posted on on October 1, 2013 / Filed Under: Would You Wear? / Tags: , , , , , , ,

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12 Responses to “Would You Wear… Milkmaid Braids?”

  1. 1
    October 1st, 2013 at 1:36 pm

    These are crazy easy to make and look soooo pretty! After years of growing my hair out, it’s finally long enough for me to try this and I just did this hairstyle in like 5 minutes. Plan on wearing this tomorrow to work :D

  2. 2
    October 1st, 2013 at 1:39 pm

    Gaaaahh Jennifer Lawrence is so beautiful!!

  3. 3
    October 1st, 2013 at 2:11 pm

    I wear milkmaid braids all the time and I love them! People always compliment me when I do.. The only difference, because I have a funny hair line I part my hair to the side, not down the middle. I find it works the same, and it’s just as cute!!

  4. 4
    October 1st, 2013 at 2:53 pm

    Milkmaid braids have become my go-to style :) So easy but looks so impressive – I always get compliments!

  5. 5
    October 1st, 2013 at 3:23 pm

    Yes, I would totally wear these. I think they are super cute and simple!

  6. 6
    October 1st, 2013 at 4:41 pm

    I love wearing my hair like this.

    However, my family loves teasing me for what they see as “Amish-girl Hair”.

  7. 7
    October 1st, 2013 at 6:56 pm

    I love this hairstyle as well, but nobody else around me does, lol. My mom called it “Amish hair” too. Oh well, I’ll wear it for myself. :)

  8. 8
    October 1st, 2013 at 7:44 pm

    I’ve been wearing milkmaid braids and crown braids for years and I love them. They’re so easy and perfect for getting my ridiculous hair out of my face while keeping it looking cute. The key is keeping them loose, with pieces falling out, so you don’t look like an actual milkmaid!

  9. 9
    October 1st, 2013 at 8:32 pm

    This also makes me think of Princess Leia’s crown braid in “Empire Strikes Back.”

  10. 10
    October 1st, 2013 at 9:13 pm

    They are very 1997 Loltia-esque, I really like them.

  11. 11
    October 1st, 2013 at 11:14 pm

    I would totally rock these if I had the right type of hair for these, my hair has super tight curls and alot of frizz though!

  12. 12
    October 2nd, 2013 at 1:53 pm

    I love this look, but my hair is not quite long enough yet! I can’t wait until it is. I think Jennifer’s styling is my favorite, but I’m biased because I love her.

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