Curved lace braid hairstyle tutorial inspired by Nicole Kidman at Cannes

Curved lace braid hairstyle tutorial inspired by Nicole Kidman at Cannes

Hair Romance - curved lace braid updo hairstyle tutorial

Looking for a unique upstyle for an event or formal? Try this curved lace braid hairstyle.

When I saw Nicole Kidman’s hairstyle at Cannes on the weekend, I knew I had to attempt my own version.

My lace braided hairstyle is a little simpler. My hair was already straight so my adaptation is neater. I love the texture in Nicole’s hair and will try this again with my curly hair. Nicole’s hair is actually braided from the middle out, but my version is easier to do in your own hair.

Hair Romance - curved braided updo hairstyle tutorial

This hairstyle is made up of two curved lace braids. A lace braid is the same as a French braid, but you only add in hair from one side. For this style, I’m only adding in hair from the top side. The braids are then twisted around and pinned in place.

Curved lace braid hairstyle tutorial

Hair Romance - curved lace braid updo hairstyle tutorial

Step-by-step hairstyle tutorial

  1. Let your hair part at the side or wherever your natural part sits. If you have a fringe / bangs, you can leave them loose of include them in the style. 
  2. Take a section of hair above your left ear and split into three. Begin to braid bringing the left over the middle, and the right over the left. Add in hair to the sections on the right (top side).
  3. Continue braiding straight across the back of your head, just above the level of your ear. You can gently loosen the braid to keep it in line.
  4. Keep braiding in a straight line until you reach the middle of your head, then start to curve your braid down.
  5. Keep adding in hair until your reach your right ear. Angle your braid down. When you find it hard to reach, move your hands around to the front.
  6. Finish your lace braid in a regular braid (plait) and secure the end with a small, clear hair elastic.
  7. Return to the left side and start your second lace braid underneath the first.
  8. Continue braiding in the same way, only adding in hair from the top side.
  9. Curve the lace braid around once your reach the middle of your head. Now add in hair from your hairline into the bottom of the braid. It’s still adding in hair to the same side, but it twists around into a circle.
  10. Once your’ve added in all your hair, finish your lace braid in a regular braid (plait) and secure the end with a small, clear hair elastic.
  11. Roll the second braid up into a spiral and pin in place with bobby pins.
  12. Curve the first braid around the second braid and pin in place with bobby pins.

Variations

  • If your hair is shorter, you can also fold the end of the first braid under itself and pin in place at the back.
  • If your hair is longer, start your braids a little higher at the back of your head, so you have more space to twist them into a spiral.
  • This is stunning in curly or textured hair, and works best if your hair is a little dirty as it will hold the style better. If you hair is freshly washed, use some dry shampoo or texture spray to add some grip so your braids stay in place.
  • This style looks best in lighter coloured hair, or hair with highlights. It will be hard to see the detail in your braids in very dark hair. In dark hair, just do the first braid and put the rest of your hair into a bun. Then wrap your braid around the bun to achieve a similar look.

Hair Romance - curved lace braid updo hairstyle

I hope you like this tutorial and I hope you try it in your hair. I’d love to see a photo if you do! Tag me @hairromance on Instagram, Twitter or Facebook so I can see your version.

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