Plaits are big news for spring. But forget the 'milk maid' look that was the hairstyle of choice last summer, this year plaits are more grown-up and a lot cooler. The style du jour is the plait worn to one side, either in a fishtail or traditional braid. After that anything goes from pretty and girly like Kate to mussed-up and messy like Leona. We called on Neil Moodie, the Bumble & Bumble's stylist known in backstage beauty circles as a plait maestro, to show you how to get the looks right.
Before you start, here are Neil's top plait tips -
Don't be too meticulous about your braiding; loose and home made is best.
Keep it to one side of the head. This stops it looking too conventional.
Play with different braiding techniques.
There are lots of books on braiding your own hair - try amazon.co.uk.