• Beauty: Back to braids
    Is there an age limit on plaits? The EDIT’s Beauty Director, KATHLEEN BAIRD-MURRAY, revisits the hairstyle that dominated her childhood

    Mason Pearson brush, check. Clear hair elastics, check. Bobby pins, check. One color-matched hairpiece, check. My laptop is open beside me, the screen filled with backstage shots from the FW14 shows for inspiration: cornrows relaxing into full, lush locks at Marchesa; thick braids crowning the head then integrated into a haphazard mix of braids and loose hair at Adam Selman; pre-shrunk cashmere-braided extensions at Yohji Yamamoto. I’ve witnessed the world’s best stylists create some of the most memorable looks for the season ahead so, excluding the Yohji Yamamoto, which looks not only impossible but holds great potential for ridicule, I should be able to do this.

    To say that braids are “in” this season is something of an understatement. Allow me to put this in perspective: usually for every one braid on the runways, there are at least 20 ponytails. And for someone (i.e. me) who spent at least 10 years of her early life

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    Photograph: Trunk Archive

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