Every Colorado girl knows that when winter hits, it’s time to break out the beanie. Cold weather can be a girl’s best friend, when you can hide your not so voluminous locks under an adorable hat. But when the night starts to heat up, don’t let hat hair win.

This winter try these fantastic braids that will keep your locks in place and eliminate the need to keep that beanie on all night. Let’s face it, when you are going from the mountain to happy hour to late night dancing, a stylish braid is what you need to keep it together and mountain chic.

 

Bohemian Festival Knot:

This simple braid helps keep hair out of your face and helps tame those greasy baby hairs. This is a great hairstyle for medium to long length hair.

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photo abeautifulmess.com

Step 1: Gather a section of your hair on one side and create a fishtail braid. Secure with an elastic band. Repeat on the opposite side of your part.

Step 2: Once you have both pieces braided bring then together at the back of your head and tie into a knot.

Step 3: Tie a second knot and secure the knot with one to two bobby pins. Then remove elastic bands so the end pieces fall downward.

 

 

Milk Maid Braid:

This braid is a multi-tasking wonder for winter hair. Start you day on the slopes with two low braids and hit happy hour with an up-do that will take you two minutes and only a few bobby pins.

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photo elle.com

Step 1: Start by dividing your hair down the center and bring both sections to the front.

Step 2: Braid each section into a simple braid and secure with elastic. If you have lots of layers, try a low French braid, which starts just above your ears, to help keep layers tucked into the braid. If some pieces do fall out around your face, go with it; tousled and messy hair is sexy.

Step 3: After a day under a hat, cross one braid up and over to the other side of your head, repeat with the second braid. Tuck the elastic under the opposite braid and secure with a few bobby pins.

 

Rocker Side Braid:

Kick it up a notch with these super chic rocker braids. Not only will these braids add edge to your look, but they will help keep your hair over to one side, which makes the transition from riding to après simple and chic.

photo elle.com

photo elle.com

Step 1: Part your hair deep to one side. Continue the part all the way to the base of your hairline. Help to keep hair out of the way by securing the majority of hair, now parted to one side, with an elastic band.

Step 2: Divide the remaining hair in two sections. Create a C shaped part that starts just above your temple, curve around your ear and then ends at the bottom of your hairline to get a curved effect.

Step 3: Braid each section into an Inside-Out French Braid. This means that instead of adding hair up and over into the braid, you now add hair underneath the existing section of hair. Add hair in small sections to accentuate the braid and help keep the braid tight.

Step 4: Braid to the end of your hairline and secure with an elastic. If the elastic is showing too much for your style, continue the braid down to the end. Secure with an elastic, then sweep braid across the bottom of your hairline and secure on the opposite side with a few bobby pins under the opposite ear.

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