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 straight hair
Step 1: Prep detangled, damp hair with smoother and volumizer. (Try Aveda Light Elements Smoothing Fluid, $26, and John Frieda Luxurious Volume Thickening Mousse, $5.99.)
Step 2: Blow dry hair straight with a paddle brush and part it to the side.
Step 3: Gather hair into a low-side ponytail and secure with a clear elastic, leaving out a half-inch-wide piece.
Step 4: Wrap the loose piece around the ponytail to conceal the elastic. Secure with a U-shaped bobby pin and set with strong-hold hairspray.
Step 5: Braid the ponytail and secure at the end with another elastic, concealing it with a piece of hair from the end of the braid.
Step 6: Secure with hairspray all over, smoothing flyaways with hands.
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