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: Imagine your hair separated into four quarters. Grab 2-inch sections from the top, left, and right sides; then pull them back toward the crown of your head to see how the hair best lays against your head. This is the direction in which you'll want to braid it.
Step 2: Starting an inch from your hairline, braid each side back and secure with a clear elastic.
Step 3: Cross the braids in the back and tuck the ends under to form a "wreath." Secure ends with bobby pins.
Step 4 (optional): For a more glamorous look, wrap the rest of your hair into a bun.
Step 5: Control flyaways by setting with strong-hold hairspray.
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