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
The KnotLevel: Intermediate
Best for: Long straight hair
OK, so this isn't technically a braid, but it looks like one. To replicate it:
Step 1: Apply texturizer to damp hair and blow dry it straight, brushing the hair forward.
Step 2: Part hair deeply to one side. If you have bangs, sweep them across your forehead and to the side. Set with hairspray. (Try Nexxus Frizz Defy Hairspray, $11.39.)
Step 3: Secure hair into a ponytail at the nape of your neck, leaving a few strands loose on one side.
Step 4: Split the ponytail into two sections and tie into a knot. Pin into place with U-shaped bobby pins. "When pinning from underneath, pin upward at a 45-degree angle and cross it with another bobby pin for more security," says Huntington Beach, Calif.-based stylist Cara Rousseau.
Step 5: Take the loose strands and pin them one by one in a sweeping fashion across the back of your head. Set with hairspray.
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