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Milkmaids and Braids

Editorial stylist Philippe Tholimet twisted, coiled and plaited a gaggle of beautiful blondes for the March 2016 Vogue Japan spread “Diary Queens.” Inspired by a fresh and modern take on the darling Danish milkmaid, Philippe wove the hair in a multitude of different ways in order to portray the women as individuals. “For this story, I utilized the fishtail braid, the Dutch braid and the French braid,” said Philippe, who encourages the addition of extensions to enhance the hair’s length and thickness before braiding.

Get the Look:

  1. Apply Maximista Thickening Spray from roots to ends, and blow dry hair using a round brush.
  2. Using a tail comb, part hair down the middle—from the hairline to the back middle of the head— so that both sides are of equal thickness.
  3. Emulsify a dime-size amount of Original Pomade in hands and apply it to the hair for added grip when forming the braid. 
  4. Pull one side of the hair into a low side ponytail and create a fishtail braid. Secure the end of the fishtail braid with an elastic. 
  5. Pull the other side of the hair into a low ponytail tied at the back of the head and create a fishtail braid. On this braid, leave two inches of unbraided hair at the end and secure with an elastic. 
  6. Pull the first braid upwards and across the head like a headband. Use small bobby pins to keep it in place. 
  7. Pull the other braid up to the middle part and place it under the first braid. Secure it with small bobby pins. For a modern, edgy twist, use the loose hair at the end of the second braid to frame the forehead. 
  8. To finish, spray Superfine Hair Spray throughout to keep the style in place.
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