From the catwalk to the sidewalk, braids are everywhere this summer. Just scroll through Pinterest for half a minute and you’re sure to see several. This trend has birthed a whole new business at salons around the country: the braid bar. Like the blow dry bars also cropping up across the country, these are yet another way to get a quick, potentially-complicated hair service at a nominal price. We caught up with a few of the best braid bars around the nation to hear what they had to offer and what they think will be hot for fall.
Ever since chic NYC salon John Barrett opened “Barrett’s Braids,” in 2011, they have turned countless tresses into braided works of art. According to Zachary Anderson who handles public relations and marketing for the salon, the braided look isn’t going anywhere soon. “Up-dos have been big this summer,” (think milkmaid braids, crown braids, and french braided up-dos) he says. “We expect to see the waterfall braid and side french braids as the new way to wear hair ‘down’ this fall/winter.” Pricing for braids start at $50 and inspiration lookbooks are available.
Trendy Dallas salon Dear Clark launched their braid bar this summer. So many people are wearing their hair longer these days. Braids give them a fun, hip look that’s a great alternative to the basic ponytail, explain salon owners Holly Dear and Kaycee Clark.
Many existing salons are also adding braiding services to their already-extensive menus. Maxine Salon in Chicago, Illinois offers braid services starting at $40. “Braiding is versatile and works for most every occasion from picnics to weddings,” says Maxine Salon stylist Ramona Villanueva.
Want to DIY your own braided up-do? Watch stylish Kayley Pak from John Barrett salon deconstruct expert braiding techniques here.