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: Any length, straight, or wavy hair
Before getting started, prep hair with heat protectant. (Try Tresemme Thermal Creations Heat Tamer Spray, $4.79.) Then divide hair into four sections, curl them with a 1-inch curling iron and pin them up. Once hair cools, release, and brush it with a paddle brush. Then work dry shampoo through it with your fingers. Now, you're ready to style:
Step 1: Make a center part and divide hair into two equal sections. Tie an elastic around one section to keep it out of the way.
Step 2: On the loose side, French braid hair from the very top of your head to the nape of your neck.
Step 3: Once you reach the nape of your neck, do a fishtail braid and leave a few inches of hair unbraided at the ends. Secure with a clear elastic.
Step 4: Release hair on the other side and repeat.
Step 5: Using fingers, knead your hair lightly up top, pulling out a few pieces for a more carefree look.
Step 6: Comb any flyaways back with your fingers using hairspray or a de-frizzing cream.
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