Rita Ora, Jessie J and Perrie Edwards rock mini braids: hair trend!

Published Thursday, Jul 16 2015, 18:10 BST  |  By  |  Add comment
Rita Ora, Jessie J and Perrie Edwards all sported similar updos this week – and when three of our favourite style icons rock the same hair, that's an alarm-bell-ringing trend, right there!

The trend in question is all about mini hair braids and while each of these ladies put their own special slant on the look, we couldn't help but think, 'Gwen Stefani, circa 2005'...

Rita Ora at X Factor auditions in London, 16 July 2015


Rita vamped up her short hair with plenty of cleverly braided extensions at the London X Factor auditions, 16 July 2015

Rita showed off her braids on Thursday evening (16 July) as she arrived at the London auditions of The X Factor which were held at Wembley Stadium and saw Cheryl Fernandez-Versini looking fabulous in a pink, leather mini dress.

While Cheryl wore her hair in a classic chignon, Rita added her slightly more kooky style into the mix by extending her currently short crop with super-long, platinum blonde extensions, along with tiny braids working from the front of her hairline.

Very cool.

On Wednesday (15 July), Little Mixer Perrie Edwards took to Instagram to show off this gem of a do (below), which was created by Aaron Carlo and included a couple of similar braids, but all brought together in a twist at the back of Perrie's head.

Perrie Edwards shows off braided updo, 15 July 2015

© Instagram / @perrieeele

Perrie Edwards revealed a very intricate plaited updo to her Instagram followers on Wednesday, 15 July 2015

If these two ladies weren't enough to make us want to run to the nearest mirror to practice our French plaiting skills, Jessie J also showed off a mini braided do on Instagram on Thursday.

Jessie's do was also created with hair extensions, worked into four mini French braids, from the front of her hair and joining at the back to create two plaits.

Jessie J rocks braided hair, 16 July 2015

© Instagram / @isthatjessiej

Like Rita, Jessie also extended her shorter locks with braided extensions, 16 July 2015

Plaits and braids are rarely out of favour when it comes to summer hair trends, but this kind of late '90s, early '00s rock-chick look is definitely a look that's gaining momentum.

Gwen Stefani was the queen of braids in her early years, although Christina Aguilera was also a bit of a fan back in the day too!

The key to recreating the look at home is to work on small sections of hair and braid it into small reverse French plaits. By plaiting your three strands UNDER, rather than over each other, this makes the plait sit up above your head. Click here for more instructions on how to get the look.

Once you've created your braids, you can then plait your whole hair, twist them up, leave the rest of your hair loose, the world is your oyster...

Vanity Fair Oscar Party held at Mortons
Hollywood, California - 28.02.05


Gwen Stefani was the queen of mini braids, pictured here at the Vanity Fair Oscar party, 28 February 2015

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