Could you BRAID for 7 days in a row? I DARE you!

The fantasy of the catwalk is, more often than not, vastly out of sync with the reality of  my sidewalk

Pocahontas Zombies at Copenhagen Fashion Week F/W2012


And one of the hottest hair-trends trotted out during the recent Spring/Summer 2012 collections was no exception.

PO’d at Pucci A/W2012: “How could this hairstyle have possibly taken so long?”



Braids and plaits were featured in Valentino, Moschino, Giorgio Armani and Alexander McQueen’s Spring/Summer runway shows, and continue to be one of the hottest hair trends of the year.


Guido, hairstylist for Valentino’s Spring Summer 2012 collection stated of the look:

“…it’s beautiful and romantic, it’s about a woman with an ease to her beauty. The look we created is a French braid wrapped around her head, it’s the kind of beauty that is timeless.”


But c’mon! That kind of ‘timeless beauty’ takes time. Time I simply don’t have each day to interweave, interlace and intertwine my strands. Oh, and given I’ve got the world’s thinnest, finest hair, braids or plaits tend to look like tiny 1 cm threads on my noggin’ instead of luxurious weaves of locks.

Then again, anything that makes me squirm this much is worthy of a style challenge. Perhaps a week committed to trying braids or plaits each day will get me out of my fall-back hairstyle rut? After all, the messy bun is sooooo 2011, right?! 😉


Who’s unafraid of a week in a braid?

The rules for The Braid Dare:
  1. Your hair must be braided (or plaited – really, let’s not get technical here) in any style of your choosing.
  2. Join in whenever you like, but to fully complete The Braid Dare, you need to do it for 7 days straight.
  3. Tell us all about it as you go.


The Braid Dare is the continuation of nine months of Style Dares on Fox in Flats, where we’ve been challenging ourselves to step out of our style comfort-zones, haul ourselves out of  our motherhood-induced fashion ruts, shake off our day-to-day uniforms, and spice things up a little.

And yes, in keeping with the standard rules of any good dare, if you’re too afraid to braid, we’ll call you ‘Chicken‘!

Need inspiration?

Check out our Pinterest board filled with over 50 brilliant braids for all kinds of hair types.



Got less than 3 minutes to do your hair? Check out 6 of the quickest braids in town, here.


Only got 60 seconds? See how I recreated Blake’s braid in my backyard in less than a minute.


Never quite learnt how to French Braid? This video tutorial makes it look pretty easy (just be prepared for aching arms!)


Check out how to re-create these fast, fab braids from Fox in Flats Contributors.

Clockwise L-R

Sonia’s Side Braid

Kate’s Messy Plaits for Short Hair

Zoey’s Heidi Plaits

Katie’s Side Braid

Rachel’s Lazy Braid

Tamsin’s Fishtail Braid


By all means, experiment with pigtails like Jennifer Love-Hewitt did, but read this first to make sure you don’t end up looking like your daughter.


Or why not try this dreamy ‘do, one of our Top 10 fast favourite hairstyles.

What’s the point of doing all this fancy stuff with your hair if you don’t brag share your efforts around?

We wanna see your week of beautiful braids!

It’s so fun and inspiring to see how everyone interprets a style dare, and you’ll no-doubt get some great ideas on how to wear your hair too.

So upload your photos in the Comments section below, or share them on FacebookTwitterInstagram  and of course Pinterest using @FoxInFlats#BraidDare

If you’re blogging about your week doing the Pin-Up Dare, let us know so we can share it around. Who knows, you might even make our next Top 50 Style Dare Bloggers list!


Here’s to a week of pretty plaits and bitchin’ braids! 

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Missed out on the fabulous Style Dares we’ve run in the past? It’s not too late to try them. Click here, browse away and select a challenge that’ll take you out of your style comfort zone. Five bucks says you’ll be happy you did!

x Andrea

  • Yay!! I love this dare. My hair has been cut short but I am still up for the challenge. Rachel 

    • FoxInFlats

      Go girl! You’ve clearly got the braiding knack from the looks of your Hairstyle How-To post. Can’t wait to see your new hair! x

  • I am soooo in with this.
    I wish my hairdresser BFF could braid, I’d call on her to help, but I guess I’m just going to have to get very creative.

    • FoxInFlats

      Awesome Miss Pink. I think it’s going to be a real test of creativity this week, but that’s what it’s all about! x

  • I’m in with this one too. Since I usually wear my hair up, I may as well use this an an excuse to experiment and be creative

    • FoxInFlats

      That’s the spirit Natalie! Can’t wait to see your pics. x

  • I have to say I am feeling very nervous about this one. My hair is not really that long. But I’ll give it a go, I’m not chicken!

    • FoxInFlats

      Go you good thing! Sandra, I’m feeling nervous about it too. Hopefully we can pull it off though and have loads of new style options at our fingertips 😉 x

  • Lyndal Spooner

    Why not, I’m game.  Sent here via Gemma at My Big Nutshell who see’s my very undone hair most days at school!!

    • FoxInFlats

      Bring it on Lyndal! Can’t wait to see how you go (and say ‘hi’ to gorgeous Gemma) x A

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  • I saw this challenge linked on Hair Romance, and I will definitely give it a go!  I usually wear my hair with some sort of braid in it most days (like today, and yesterday, oh and on Sunday, too).  Once you learn how to do it, you can really take it in different directions.  You can see some of my braid styles on my blog:

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  • Pavi

    Yay! This is awesome because I technically braid my hair almost everyday, because I have boring extremely long curly black hair :(, which I can’t really style in any other way.

  • Meg Cowling

    I’ll definitely do this dare. Today I half French braided my hair on both sides and a fishtail braid was done with a piece at the front. All but the fishtail braid was put into a high ponytail and one piece of hair wrapped around the elastic to hide it. I then bobby pinned the fishtail braid on top of the wrapped up elastic. 🙂 day one complete? 😀

    • FoxInFlats

      Sounds gorgeous Meg!

  • Meg Cowling

    Are we like meant to just keep updating how we did our hair each day or…? Well anyways, today (day 2) I just did a French braid going from the left side of my head to the right and finished with a French braid. Not as fancy as yesterday but much easier. 🙂

    • FoxInFlats

      Yes, or even better, take a pic! Are you on Instagram? That’s a fun way to share it. xA

  • Meg Cowling

    Day 3 I did a simple but effective mermaid braid

  • Meg Cowling

    Day 4 is just the simplest French braid

  • Meg Cowling

    Well, day 5. Today I did two French braids on either side of my head. 🙂

  • Meg Cowling

    Day 6. Today I didn’t want to do an ‘over the top’ braid (literally) so I braided my hair over my shoulder 😉

  • Meg Cowling

    For the last day I did the unique knot braid. It was kinda fun to participate in this dare and I apologise if you got sick of my updates… 🙂