When you want to know what braid styles are hot for the season, there’s no one better to ask then Jennifer Lawrence’s go-to stylist, Mark Townsend. And according to Mark, the textured, messy, side parted braid is out—think K. Stew at the Nickelodeon Kids Choice Awards—and a neat, clean braid is in—like this classic plait Mark created for Kate Bosworth (above).
But what if you’re like me and your hair is too layered to create a neat and polished braid? “If you’re not blowing out hair (and who is when it’s 90 degrees plus outside?), use a giant curling iron to give strands some bend so it falls into loop of a braid; just take a giant chunk of hair and run it through iron,” he says.
For added staying power, use a wax or mousse, Mark likes Dove Style+Care Nourishing Curls Whipped Cream Mousse. “It’s more of a lotion than a traditional mousse and I like it on wet and dry hair.” Another trick of Mark’s to keep flyaways at bay is to spray your hands with hairspray before you braid so you transfer the product onto the hair as you go.
Mark also suggests adding tiny braids to dress up ponytails, top knots and buns. “Do little braids and put them back into a bun.” Marina over at Makeup Loves Me is a trendsetter as she sported a braid laced updo at her recent wedding.