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 hair
Step 1: Spray hair with texturizer. (Try Oribe Dry Texturizing Spray, $39).
Step 2: Part hair in the center; then clip up the top section so it's out of the way.
Step 3: Separate the rest of your hair into two pigtails just below your ears. (Optional: Secure each pigtail with a clear elastic.)
Step 4: Split one pigtail into two equal sections. Grab a thin piece of hair from the outside of one section and cross it over the front to join the other section. Repeat with the other section. Continue braiding from the outside in, pulling hair taught as you go.
Step 5: Secure the braid at the bottom with another clear elastic. (If desired, carefully remove or cut off the top elastic.)
Step 6: Repeat on the other pigtail. Set both braids with strong-hold hairspray.
Step 7: Unpin the top section and comb it to the side, then loosely pin it back along the crown of your head.
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