The Unicorn Braid: Hairstyling’s New Plait

Now, we love unicorn hair as much as the next girl, but we can’t all carry it off as well as Georgia May Jagger. But guess what – we’ve found a new way to be a unicorn (or at least as close as we can get) without dying our hair a million different colours…

Say hello to the unicorn braid – actress Nina Dobrev wore the plaited hairstyle to the Veuve Clicquot Polo Classic event last weekend in Los Angeles. Never heard of it? Well, neither had we. But when it comes to braids, this is one of the easy ones.

Simply part the centre section of your hair, making sure it’s symmetrical on either side, and begin a French plait down to the crown of your head – you might want to get a friend to help out with this bit. Secure with a hair tie, concealing it by wrapping a strand of hair around it, and you’re good to go. Braid it back and high, and it’ll look just like a unicorn mane.

Nina at the Veuve Clicquot event in Los Angeles


But the secret ingredient? Hairstylist Riawna Capri, who styled the braid on Nina, insists on using volumising powder. She told Refinery 29, ‘the powder will give the braid the grip and grit required to get the texture and volume you need for lift at the root, without teasing’. Simply apply before you start your braid, and you’ll have volume and texture aplenty. Our fave at the moment is the Trevor Sorbie Volume Big Hair Powder, £3.80.

We predict big things for this humble braid – you saw it here first…

Annie Quinton