Forget floral and romantic plaits, the fierce take is what's on-trend right now. You don't have to go afro all the way; a middle path is available—braid till the crown, then sweep up your hair into a top knot. Boxer braids are another big trend to cop (the Kardashian clan is a fan too). All you need to do is create two tight dutch braids, with hair parted in the middle, to nail this look.
Styling: For really close corn-rows, use a tail comb to divide hair into tight braids ('coz the tighter the better)! To master the lady-boxer braids, use some wet hair gel to set the look—and create an after-workout feel.
What Rules: L'Oréal Professionnel Extreme Splash Gel, Rs.700, Dennman Tail Comb, flipkart.com, Rs.178
This hot (albeit daring) new cut goes shorter, and closer to the hairline. Bonus: these baby bangs work great for the summer—they pretty much stay out of sight and don't give you those awful forehead zits (if you're prone). Super-sleek blunt cuts work like a charm for poker straight hair, while choppy bangs are ideal for the wavy-haired crew.
Styling: If your fringe is sticking out, use a texturising cream to keep it in place. For a bouncy fringe, blowdry inwards using a round brush, and add a few drops of shine serum for extra gleam.
What Rules: Bumble and Bumble BB Texture Creme, amazon.in, Rs.3,800, Toni&Guy Glamour Serum Drops, Rs.650, BBlunt Hair Dryer, Rs.7,000