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
Best for: Long, wavy, or curly hair
Step 1: Make a side ponytail at the nape of your neck.
Step 2: Separate it into two sections, leaving out a long 1-inch piece underneath.
Step 3: Take the 1-inch piece and wrap it in a figure 8 pattern around each of the two ponytail sections.
Step 4: Each time you pull the 1-inch piece through the middle, add a bit of hair from the ponytails (similar to the French braiding technique). This keeps you from running out of hair to wrap around the ponytails.
Step 5: Secure with a clear elastic and shape the braid with your fingers.
Step 6: Set with strong-hold hairspray.
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