15 Essential Braids -- And How to Do Them
Riding the braid wave? These 15 modern styles will be the perfect addition to your repertoire. And, with step-by-step braiding instructions from pros, you'll master them in no time
That's the one hiccup to this whole braid phenomenon: If you're not a naturally-gifted hair whiz, attempting any of the complicated styles can be downright daunting. But it doesn't have to be.
To help give even the most clumsy among us a leg up in the braiding department, we grilled some of the industry's most celebrated stylists for the precise, step-by-step braiding instructions you need to pull off braiding all by yourself.
Thanks to Nine Zero One Salon stylists Florido Basallo and Amber Maynard and celebrity stylist Marcus Francis, we have the goods on how to recreate 15 amazing braids.
The braids featured here run the gamut from sweet and sensible to wild and elaborate. (And we've rated them accordingly. So if you're a novice, cut your teeth on an easier one before diving straight into expert territory.) Some of the braids are best worn with accessories, while others are so intricate they look like accessories themselves. From the fan-favorite waterfall braid to the classic braided chignon, you'll see that these ain't your basic Laura Ingalls braids -- they're something much more modern and sophisticated.
So, put aside any doubts you have, and remember that you're not landing a Mars rover. You're just braiding your hair. And with these simple braiding instructions you can do it. We're here to help.
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