With every tendril locked tightly into a skull-hugging twist, the helmet braid is one of those hairstyles that you won’t have to fuss with once it’s set, and it does double duty — perfect for the farm, and elegant enough for the red carpet, too. At last night’s People’s Choice Awards, a few actresses skipped the flowing extensions, opting instead for a swirl of braids; however, each woman interpreted the look with slight variations.
Lea Michele went with your standard pull-it-tight and keep-it-close look. A utilitarian choice, these braids will get you through a workout or a stroll behind a jet engine. Then, there was Alicia Keys, but where was her riding cap? Her face-lifting hair rolls would’ve fit perfectly underneath it, which was the thing missing from her equestrian piano-playing ensemble.