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The hottest hair trend, now easy for the office

The waterfall braid modeled at Salon Capri in Dedham. The waterfall braid modeled at Salon Capri in Dedham. (Essdras M Suarez/Globe Staff)
By Hayley Kaufman
Globe Staff / August 25, 2011

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When actress Zoe Saldana hit the red carpet for a Miami premiere on Monday, she rocked a glittering gold and cream Balmain gown and low-slung ponytail made of mini braids. Kirsten Dunst wore her blond locks in an elegant braided updo at Cannes. And Rihanna bested them all with her cherry red hair woven into a complicated French braid at the Costume Institute Ball at the Metropolitan Museum earlier this summer.

There’s no question that braids of all types will continue to be the hot hair trend this fall, but how to wear them in the real world (translation: to work) without looking weirdly overdone? Nick Penna Jr., owner of Salon Capri, recommends the waterfall braid. Basically a loose French braid that wraps around the back of your head, the waterfall allows you to wear your hair down but braided in a way that’s interesting and office-friendly. Works for us. For Penna’s directions and advice on the best products to make the look work, visit the Stylephile blog at www.boston.com.

Hayley Kaufman can be reached at hkaufman@globe.com.