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, thick, wavy, or straight hair
Step 1: Tease hair and lightly smooth it out at the crown for height, if necessary.
Step 2: Split hair in two sections, left and right.
Step 3: On each side, reverse French braid the entire section until you get to the spot behind your ear.
Step 4: Switch from a French braid to a regular braid and finish braiding each section away from your head. Secure each side with a clear elastic.
Step 5: Wrap one braid from left to right at the nape of your neck, securing with large hair pins (available at a beauty supply store) or bobby pins as you go. Coil the opposite braid underneath it and secure into a bun.
Step 6: If desired, leave out a few pieces around your face and curl them with a curling iron for a soft, romantic touch.
Step 7: Set with strong-hold hairspray.
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