Celeb Trend: The Sexy Summer Braid

Although the Latina staff has mixed opinions about Christina Aguilera’s funky braids on The Voice this week, there’s no denying that the style is a big summer trend. Click through to see how our stars have been sporting them!

1. Braids: Christina Aguilera

Christina Aguilera’s Funky Braids

After parting her hair in the middle, celeb stylist David Babaii made two small, tight braids (one near the ear; one near the temple), then pulled the rest of the hair to the opposite side and braided it loosely. He added shine with a drop of Couture Colour Pequi Oil, $32, couturecolour.com smoothed over the braids.

2. Braids: Nicole Richie

Nicole Richie’s Hot Headband Braids

To get these beachy goddess braids, let your hair air-dry into its natural texture (spritz on a texturizing spray, like Not Your Mother’s Beach Babe, $6, drugstore.com, if your straight strands need help in the wave department). Now braid a small section of hair at your temple, then wrap it across the top of your head and secure with a bobby pin. Do the same on the other side. 

3. Braids: Sarah Shahi

Sarah Shahi’s Super Low Side Braid

Make a side part in line with the center of your eyebrow, then sweep all of your hair over one shoulder. Start braiding at your neck, letting any shorter layers fall out as you go. So easy, and so cute!

4. Braids: Eva La Rue

Eva LaRue’s Sexy Sideswept Braid

If you have bangs like Eva, apply a smoothing cream (like Aveeno Nourish & Style, $7, ulta.com) through them while they’re damp, then use a blow dryer and a paddle brush to style them to one side. Now braid all of your hair to the same side as your bangs, and tie the braid with a rubber band that matches your hair color (check out Goody Colour Collection Elastics, $4, folica.com

5. Braids: Gloria Estefan

Gloria Estefan’s Pigtail Braids

On a crazy humid Miami day, the best way to deal with the heat (and the major frizz it creates) is to follow Gloria’s lead. Braid your hair in two pigtails and wrap a bandana over your head (check out the other stars showing off hair accessories this summer, too). The trick is to make sure the bandana hits right at your hairline and covers the tops of your ears. 

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