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Bold Braids Street Style Trend from Fall/Winter 2016

One of the biggest street style trends for AW16 is Bold Braids – we spotted them everywhere at February's New York Fashion Week. From boxer braids to boho braids – via a cute, heart-shaped braid, tied with a bow – this look was a clear winner among the style elite.


Taking the Bold Braids street style onto the runway, TRESemmé lead stylist, Jeanie Syfu, braided pretty fishtails over romantic flowing waves for Rachel Zoe’s AW16 New York Fashion Week show – with wispy half-up hair creating an ethereal look. The mostly white collection featured furry fabrics, sparkle and lace, creating a Snow Queen feel, befitting of the season. And what better hairstyle for a Snow Queen to wear than a crown of beautiful, bold braids?

We loved how Zoe also showed that bold braids can transcend eras, as her collection merged 30s flapper-style tassels with 90s turtlenecks. And while her collection was spiked with glamour – it's Zoe's signature, after all – this pick of the Autumn 2016 hair trends lent a touch of undone charm to bring the whole look into truly covetable territory.

A woman standing in the street wearing a blue shirt with her hair in a thick braid

Want proof that Bold Braids are street style perfection? Backstage, TRESemmé Style Setters reporter, Louise Roe, spied Bold Braids everywhere – including blogger and actress, Meghan Rienks, with a Rachel Zoe-esque boho-braids-over-waves look. Also spotted was the Braided Wave - a side braid and wavy tresses worn in a casual-cool ponytail. For a more polished take, the Double French Braid ensures there’s not a single hair out of place, making it perfect for the gym.

TRESemmé stylist John D gives his top tips for getting the very best Bold Braids at home:
Tip 1: Use a curling iron on hair first to get a roundness that helps the braid lock into itself easier. Genius, isn't it?
Tip 2: Hairspray is essential for getting braids to hold. Spritz your braid with TRESemmé TRES Two Ultra Fine Mist Hairspray to finish the look and smooth down any stray flyaways.

Whether you go for a braided half-up do, braids with waves, French braids, fishtail braids or a different way to wear braids altogether, make sure your braids are bold to tap into this hot AW16 trend.

A woman standing in the street wearing a black coat with her hair in a thick horizontal braid
A woman walking in the street wearing a black and white striped top with her hair in a thick braid


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