Beauty trend: The X Factor hairdresser reveals why plaits are the big trend for 2013

Jamie Stevens worked his plaiting magic on contestant Ella Henderson during the live shows and now he reveals exclusively to Yahoo! Lifestyle how to get the look

Step away from the straightening irons as it’s plaits we should be wearing next season, according to The X Factor hairdresser.

Jamie Stevens says plaits are a quick and easy way to jazz up a simple hairstyle and the trend is set to be huge in SS13.

Plaits on the Pucci, Fendi and Mulberry AW12 catwalks © Rex“There is no getting away from plaiting and braiding this season as it emerged as a key trend on the A/W’12 catwalk at shows including Pucci, Fendi and Mulberry,” Jamie Stevens of Jamie Stevens Hair told Yahoo! Lifestyle.

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“They’re great as it’s an easy way to jazz up a hairstyle and they’re so versatile with so many different types of textures and placement that can look young, edgy, classic or romantic.”

Jamie Stevens worked his plaiting magic on The X Factor's Ella Henderson © Facebook / Jamie StevensIt’s all about how to do the plait and where you place it that makes the difference, according to Jamie, who demonstrated his plaiting technique on The X Factor’s Ella Henderson throughout the live shows.

A plait can be worn on its own or added to another hairstyle to create a one-of-a-kind look.

Jamie Stevens is the resident X Factor 2012 hairdresser © Facebook / Jamie Stevens“You can incorporate plaits into a whole other style like into a topknot to create a different texture and you can even plait within your plaits, for example plaiting each strand of a 3 strand plait, before plaiting them together!” suggested Jamie.

“The best thing is that plaiting now is all about looking undone, so you don’t have to worry about making it look too perfect and are an easy way to change up your style from day to evening”.

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