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The braided crown, a reigning hairstyle for long hair


You don't need to marry a prince to wear a crown! To gracefully reign over the hairstyle kingdom, long locks are all you need. Let's take a closer look at the braided crown, the key to stylishly ruling this season's hottest trends...

Everyone wants to wear the crown!

No need to invest in a bejewelled band to wear a crown: a braid, plaited all the way around your head, is a much finer option. Those lucky ladies with lots of hair can even cheat a little, wrapping a regular braid along the contours of their face. Regal or bohemian, you get to choose how to wield your royal power.

Hair born for the throne

According to Delphine Courteille, hairstylist at L'Oréal Professionnel, all shades of long hair can try the braided crown. Rather, it's the type of hair that can make or break the style: 'For this look, it's best to have medium to thick hair, and lots of it, to create the necessary volume so the braid doesn't fall flat.' For layered hair, this style is best avoided, as holding it up would require too many pins!

Long live the hairstyle

You need more than regal posture to keep your crown in place. So that sections of the braid don't slip out and undo completely, like Rapunzel in the tower, you need to add grip to the hair using texturising products. Delphine Courteille recommends Next Hair Day or Texture Dust by L'Oréal Professionnel for both professionals and amateurs alike.

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Hailey Baldwin is a current reigning style icon. Boasting over 8 million Instagram followers , the model has become renowned for her bold, urban chic style that echoes through her outfit, hair and make-up choices. It's not uncommon to see Hailey teaming a leather jacket with a comfy sweatshirt and sneakers one day, only to switch her style to fierce micro-shorts or a figure-hugging beaded dress the next. As for her hair? Hailey's constantly evolving style and colour keeps us on our toes! Clearly the offspring of Stephen Baldwin knows that the right hairstyle can make or break a fashionable look.

Hair Secrets Revealed

Want to know a bit more about Hailey's gorgeous mane? Here the model reveals a few of her insider secrets...

# 1 Her favorite hair colour is blonde: Hailey confirms that her signature blonde locks are her go-to hair colour. "Blonde reminds me of my hair colour as a child. It symbolizes innocence and truthfulness. I often ask my hair colorist to go blonde."

#2 She uses an oil-based product to keep her locks glossy: "I can't live without my Mythic Oil Crème Universelle with its delicious argan and almond oil fragrance. I use it to relax my hair after a shoot, or as a hair cream before styling."

#3 She's a hair colour chameleon: Blonde may be her favourite hair colour, but Hailey is also a fan of experimenting. "It's amazing how something as simple as hair colour can change everything. I feel that my mood is completely different."

Hairstyle In Focus

If there's one look we absolutely adore on Hailey, it's when her hair is fashioned into glossy textured waves. As seen in the above image, this hairstyle perfectly encapsulates Hailey's modern and sultry look. What we love most is how incredibly healthy her hair looks, even with a slight tousle through the mid-lengths and ends. Styling the hair with a middle part is a masterstroke, giving the look an air of sophistication. Meanwhile the hint of darkness at the roots is a nod to Hailey's naturally easy-going personal style. Overall this style is the epitome of a look that will take you from day to night.

Its official - Hailey Baldwin, is our new hair idol when it comes to playing with colour and style!

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Date Night Hairstyles: 3 Hailey Baldwin Red Carpet Looks

Image courtesy of L'Oréal Professionnel 

Image courtesy of L'Oréal Professionnel 

Looking for the ultimate date night hair inspo? Take a page out of Hailey Baldwin's red-carpet playbook.

Getting glammed up for an evening out with that special someone is all part of the date night experience. Whether it's for Valentine's Day or another occasion, the goal is to channel a look that's romantic, alluring and just a little sensual. If you're feeling stuck for hairstyle ideas then look no further than our favourite 'It' girl, Hailey Baldwin. The newly named international spokeswoman for L'Oréal Professionnel has proven time and again that she's a master of sexy statement red carpet hairstyles. Take your pick from these date night worthy looks...

Tousled top knot

It's not quite a pony tail and not quite a bun – but it's undeniably gorgeous! This fun and flirty tousled topknot almost looks like a high ponytail due to the loose locks cascading out of the base. Hailey's styling choices are spot on too – she's paired her 'do with a chic ensemble and sophisticated make-up. The best part about this look is its polished yet low-maintenance, making it a versatile look for wherever date night takes you.

Messy ballerina bun

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Image courtesy of L'Oréal Professionnel

As far as date worthy hairstyles go, this feminine ballerina bun is a classic. Follow Hailey's lead by incorporating loads of volume at the roots for maximum impact. To make it happen, use a tail comb to tease the front section into a bouffant before fashioning the lengths into a ballerina bun – and don't forget to finish with L'Oréal Professionnel Infinium Hairspray. Also, note how this style shows off Hailey's artfully-placed blonde highlights. Perfection!

Sleek, chic lengths

Image courtesy of L'Oréal Professionnel

Image courtesy of L'Oréal Professionnel

Up-do's aren't your only date night option! If you prefer to wear your hair out, then why not dabble with this sleek, wet-look hairstyle. The secret to striking the perfect wet-look finish (without going overboard) comes down to concentrating your product application around the roots. Take a small amount of gel and rub between the palms. Then slick it over the sides of your head above the ears and then use a comb to distribute.

How to get more out of your color

Perfecting your date night hairstyle is about more than just styling – it's also about making the most of your hair colour. To give your current shade a boost, try adding the L'Oréal Professionnel Mythic Oil range into your hair care routine. Inspired by the tradition of Indian oil bathing, the Mythic Oil collection leaves your hair thoroughly nourished and super shiny. Take a few moments to truly indulge your locks before you get dressed up for a night on the town!

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