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
Street StarLevel: Difficult
Best for: Long, wavy, or straight hair
Step 1: Separate hair into four sections (left, right, top, and bottom). Pin all but one side section out of the way.
Step 2: Do a clean but slightly loose French braid down one side, switching to a regular braid once you pass the area behind the ear. Secure with a clear elastic.
Step 3: Repeat on the other side.
Step 4: Repeat on the top section, switching to the regular braid once you reach the crown of your head.
Step 5: Separate the bottom section into five smaller sections and make five regular (non-French) braids. Secure with clear elastics.
Step 6: Wrap each of the five bottom braids from left to right and pin into place.
Step 7: Weave the side braids together in a swirly shape, tucking the ends of the five braids underneath where necessary. Pin the braids in place as you go.
Step 8: Pin the top braid on top of the swirly shape created by the other braids. This will give your hair added height. Set with hairspray.
Step 9: Pat yourself on the back because this one was hard!
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