How-to: Get halo hair

Last updated 09:53 19/06/2012
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ANGEL: Victoria's Secret model Candice Swanepoel shows off her halo.
Alicia Keys
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HEAVENLY HAIR: Alicia Keys puts her own twist on the halo hair look.

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Braids have been making a comeback in all shapes and sizes for a while, but the fashion pack's current obsession lies with a halo-inspired creation.

This heavenly hair trend mixes innocent charm and soft femininity to beautiful effect, making it the perfect do for work, play and special occasions like weddings.

The trend first caught the attention of fashion and beauty editors when models strutted down Valentino's Spring/Summer 2012 catwalk with beautifully braided tresses.

However, variations of the look have been spotted everywhere from Hollywood to Cannes.

Scarlett Johansson and Kirsten Dunst were amongst the first to show off the original halo but most recently music sensation Florence Welch and lingerie model Candice Swanepoel rocked their own interpretation of the do.

While flame-haired Welch rocked a pushed back Heidi-esque creation, Swanepoel sported a half-up, half-down halo to match her Victoria's Secret wings.

And soul sensation Alicia Keys opted for just one plait curving diagonally across her crown.

"This style's huge appeal lies in the fact that it captures the perfect balance between effortless chic and Hollywood glamour," the man behind the original Valentino halo, Guido Palau, told British magazine Grazia.

"The secret to success lies in creating a roughed-up texture and embracing fly-aways so it isn't too perfect."

To create the new halo, follow these steps:

Wash your hair and, while drying, add styling products designed to boost volume and 'stickiness', such as sea-salt spray.

Create a centre parting from top to bottom and braid each side into a normal French braid of three sections.

Pull the finished plait across to the opposite ear from where you started and secure with hidden clips or pins. When you come full circle around the head, pin the last bit of hair to the first part of the braid.

To finish the look, simply add hairspray and fluff up the halo using the fingers. For variations of the style, try twisting your hair instead of braiding it, experiment with the size of your braids or their positioning on your head.

You can jazz up a plain halo by adding floral hair pieces or bejewelled pins.


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