From face gems to platformed mules, it’s clear Y2K-era style is having quite the moment. When it comes to hairstyles, the late ’90s and early aughts are showing up by way of braided tendrils — the two (or so) face-framing micro braids you’ve seen on celebs like Hailey Bieber, Dua Lipa, and Bella Hadid. Sydney Sweeney’s character Cassie Howard even wore the trend in an episode of Euphoria (and everyone knows that series is a tastemaker with beauty and fashion looks). The braids are sometimes loose and at other times cornrowed along the hairline, but — however you wear them — they’re always fun and guaranteed to make a statement.
Anyone can rock the hairstyle, too, as it’s universally flattering. “It’s such a cute look that is easy to achieve on any hair type or face shape,” says celebrity hairstylist Jess Elbaum. It also helps that boho-esque braided tendrils scream summer festivals (and the big ones like Lollapalooza and Bonnaroo are back in full swing this year) — especially since they keep your hair out of your face. Celebrity hairstylist Millie Morales says braided tendrils are the perfect summertime solution to combat humidity while keeping your style looking sleek and purposeful. Because, while a bit of natural volume elsewhere can work, uninvited frizz and puffiness around the face is hardly ever a great look. Plus, celeb stylist Sabrina Porsche says the style is incredibly versatile — and there’s no wrong way to do them. “They can be grunge, pretty, messy, with bangs, or whatever your style is,” she tells Bustle. Whether you opt for big and messy, or tiny and sleek, you can truly make them your own. The takeaway? Braided tendrils are both stylish and practical.
Beyond how easily the style can elevate your ‘do, it’s bound to give you feelings of nostalgia. Perhaps you wore face-framing tendrils in middle school (personally, my mom used to call them my “antennas”) or used to accessorize yours with butterfly clips — either way, prepare to see them everywhere again. Keep scrolling for tips on how to do braided tendrils like a pro, courtesy of celebrity hairstylists.
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1. Remove Tangles
Before you start braiding, cosmetologist and celebrity hairstylist Sunnie Brook recommends that you smooth and detangle the sectioned hair for better grip and a more polished finished look. Pro tip: She says adding a bit of leave-in conditioner during this process can help soften your strands and deliver a healthy shine.
2. Section Off Your Tendrils
Los Angeles-based stylist Ayano Jinnouchi recommends mapping out where you want your braided tendrils to fall before sectioning off the hair. She says “clean parting” is important for a sleek look. And, while you can rock multiple strands of braids to customize the look, Elbaum says the most popular is just two tiny face-framing sections.
3. Braid Your Hair
Celebrity hairstylist Justine Marjan says making sure your braided tendrils flow with the rest of your locks is key. “Make sure to direct hair back toward your ears as you are braiding,” she tells Bustle. For a more blended and easy effect, she recommends keeping your grip loose so your braids aren’t too tight. “This will allow the braid to flow with the hair instead of feeling stiff or separated,” says Marjan.
4. Add Accessories
To elevate your look even further, stylist and texture specialist Antonia Wazir says to consider adding beads, charms, clips, or other accessories to your tendrils. She says you could even weave in extra hair via clip-in extensions to your braided tendrils for “length or fun pops of color.”
5. Embrace The Imperfection
Brook says to remember that braided tendrils are all about cool and easy vibes, and so perfection shouldn’t be the goal. “I love the original teenage Kate Moss version where it’s not too perfect or sleek,” she says. “I think this nods to having fun and a fresh playfulness.” You could even backcomb the ends of the braid for that added messy edge. Basically, all customization options are fair game.
11 E-Girl Hairstyle Trends That Basically Scream Y2K
From regencycore to the coquette aesthetic and the “clean girl” look, TikTok has introduced the world to so many style movements it feels impossible to keep track. Currently, there’s another noteworthy trend on the rise: the e-girl aesthetic (short for electronic girl), a term you might recognize from Doja Cat’s e-girl makeup tutorial.
If you’re unfamiliar, the e-girl look is essentially a mismatch of trends pulled from pastel goth, anime, and indie sleaze styles — the result of which is rather reminiscent of Tumblr circa the late 2000s and early 2010s. And one of its most standout features is the e-girl hairstyle: think two-toned hair colors, pastel shags, and heavily accessorized Y2K-inspired hairstyles, all juxtaposed with ultra soft glam.
“The e-girl look is very cutesy,” says Lauren Milici, digital trends expert and entertainment writer at GamesRadar+ and Total Film. She describes the standard e-girl makeup as having blush on the nose, white eyeliner to make the eyes look bigger, and overlining the upper lip for a “pouty” appearance. As for why it’s so popular? It’s super versatile. “People are able to adapt it to their vibe, whether it’s gothy or bright,” she says. And contemporary TikTok can’t get enough of it: #egirl and #egirls have amassed a combined 19.3 billion views on the platform.
Feeling inspired? Read on for 11 trending hairstyles that’ll help unleash your inner e-girl.
Since the e-girl aesthetic is all about everything “cute,” it’s only logical that one of the most popular hairstyles would pull its inspiration from ultimate cute girl icon Baby Spice with ’90s-era pigtails.
For another way to rock just a pop of color, try a bright, face-framing money piece — think Bella Hadid’s copper-hued highlights. A little bit of color can go a long way.
Nicknamed “grunge buns,” this half-updo is easy to style, works with all hair types, and has been spotted on practically every e-girl imaginable.
The wolf cut, which is essentially a mullet and shag combo, is both edgy and chic — and it’s a look e-girl queen Billie Eilish has recently sported… so it’s a prime example of the aesthetic.
E-girls also love statement braids. You can clip in extensions for extra length or simply braid your natural hair and tie colorful tinsel or string (or any accessory) throughout for a bold Y2K aesthetic.
Sleek buns are forever chic, but for a more Y2K-style e-girl look, go with baby buns, a miniature version that’s customizable — wear them as a single bun or cover your head in them for ultimate cutesy vibes.
If you’re looking for some fringe, you could get some ultra-chic curtain bangs (another look sported by Billie Eilish). The face-framing chop is still edgy, but not too dramatic, and looks good no matter the hair color or texture.
Shags reign supreme in the land of e-girls, and so too do two-toned hair colors. Reminiscent of Cruella DeVille’s iconic ‘do, the look leans more into the “goth” side of pastel goth — and it’s just as legendary as the character who made it famous. (Wait, so was Cruella an e-girl?)
Bubble braids, and their close cousin the bubble pony (as seen on Euphoria) are shockingly easy to style: All you need are a handful of rubber bands. Plus, they can be accessorized according to your mood, so while the style is simple, it’s still show-stopping (and Gigi Hadid and Olivia Rodrigo-approved).
You can never go wrong with late ‘90s, early 2000s-era butterfly clips. The bedazzled look is a whimsical way to add some color to your hairdo.
Miranda Kerr’s Nighttime Skin Care Routine Includes Affirmations
Though she truly needs no introduction, Miranda Kerr is perhaps most notably recognized as the founder of the certifiably organic, sustainable-centric, and completely vegan and cruelty-free brand KORA Organics. Powered by active ingredients native to her homeland (like the antioxidant-rich superfood, noni, which is a common thread throughout the entire range), KORA’s mission is to approach product creation with love for the body and mind, as well as Mother Earth.
Along with being a hands-on CEO and skin care mogul, she also happens to be one of the most sought after international supermodels, a wife, a boy mom of three, an author, a passionate wellness warrior, a home design aficionado, a crystal-loving yogi … and that’s only scratching the surface, as it’s her character, grace, and kindness that truly stood out the most during our chat.
With an exciting KORA Organics launch on the horizon, I had the opportunity to speak with Kerr about the newness, affirmations, and more — just as she was waking up (and fighting jet lag) in sunny Australia, and my afternoon sky began to turn shades of deep blue all the way across the world in New York.
Harnessing the power of the ocean by way of active algae, the KORA Organics Active Algae Lightweight Moisturizer brings something fresh to the brand’s range. After incorporating it into my own routine for the past few weeks, I would describe it as a bouncy, hydrating, and light-as-air formula that brings some much-needed calm into my daily routine. Giving my complexion a juicy glow, while working to heal and smooth any blemishes or texture I may be struggling with, the moisturizer’s formula is completely fragrance-free — though the natural aromatherapy quality is softly floral with traces of the crystal-clear ocean, fresh alpine rose, sweet basil, and earthy geranium.
Aside from the powerful formula (that has personally created my most radiant, glowing complexion to date), Kerr goes on to explain the added benefits of incorporating this moisturizer into your routine: “Every single KORA Organics product has its own positive word on the back of the bottle, as well as its own crystal infusion process in addition to the rose quartz crystal that every single product is filtered through. With the Active Algae Lightweight Moisturizer, it is energized with aquamarine crystals, which really helps calm and soothe your spirit — so it’s nourishing your mind, your body, and your skin. The affirmation on the back of this product is peace, and is part of that ritual for creating that calming and soothing experience — along with the aquamarine stone, and the actual physical affects of the formula.”
During my college years, when I was in such a state of discovering who I was (and who I wanted to be), I stumbled upon Miranda’s book entitled Treasure Yourself. As an avid journaler, I had always written positive quotes and poems for myself, but Kerr introduced me to the power of using your voice and speaking affirming words into the universe as an act of self-love and care.
In honor of my younger self who needed her words at that time, I asked Kerr about some of her favorite affirmations that bring her peace. “For me, words are so powerful, and I have quite a big toolbox of affirmations,” she tells me. One that she repeats frequently: I am a being of light that is capable of infinite possibilities.
“Even forgiveness affirmations can create a lot of peace in your life — we are all human, and we might think something that is not a high vibration towards ourselves or others, and having that little ritual and peace-making is so important,” Kerr says. “I’ll do forgiveness prayers while I’m brushing my teeth, or putting on my skincare to cleanse my skin and my spirit at the same time. I’ll say something like: I forgive myself, and I forgive anyone that has upset me intentionally or unintentionally.”
Expressing the importance of finding some time to pamper herself and be still each and every day, Kerr shares just how much she prioritizes routine — in more areas in her life than one.
“I’m pretty strict about my children’s routine. My grandmother had four children and many many grandchildren and great grandchildren, and she taught me from a young age that routine is the most important thing for them, so that really stuck with me. You can find consistency and moments for yourself around that routine, so when my children go to bed after reading three books together, I often dim the lights, put the lamps on, and light a non-toxic candle. If my husband is finishing work or perhaps at the gym, I’ll then take a bath maybe once a week, or do my skin care routine — and thats when I really lean into those products that are very soothing, and I feel as if they are giving back to me.”
After agreeing that we both love those nights when we get to turn in for bed early, she shares the exact skin care routine she has created for peace and pampering once the moon replaces the sun’s light.
This interview has been edited and condensed for clarity.
Miranda’s Nighttime Skin Care Routine
Dua Lipa Wears Ugly ’90s Trends So Well
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