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, straight or wavy hair
Step 1: Boost volume by applying dry shampoo to the roots of day-old hair. (Try Arrojo ReFINISH Dry Shampoo, $22.) Spray the rest of your hair with texturizing spray and smooth a bit of styling wax over select pieces.
Step 2: Part hair in the middle and make two ponytails, one at the nape of your neck and one just above it. Leave out a few long strands in front.
Step 3: Accessorize it! Secure each ponytail with a clear elastic and tie a long piece of suede or leather rope around each elastic. (You can get the rope at a fabric store.)
Step 4: Do a loose fishtail braid on each ponytail, including the rope with each piece that you wrap forward. Secure each braid with another elastic and tie the rope around the ends.
Step 5: Wrap the two braids around each other. Secure with another elastic or piece of rope.
Step 6: Pin the loose hair in front back over the top of the braid. Set with strong-hold hairspray.
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