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
Crowning AchievementLevel: Advanced
Best for: Long thick, straight, or wavy hair
Step 1: Blow dry clean, conditioned hair straight. (Try Kerastase Masque Oleo-Relax, $60.)
Step 2: Take a section of hair at the back of the crown of your head. Start French braiding it toward your right ear. Stop and pin it just above your ear.
Step 3: Take another section of hair beneath that braid, near the nape of your neck. Start French braiding that up toward your right ear. (Tip: Braid away from your scalp -- as opposed to tightly against your scalp -- for a loose, more voluminous look, says Rousseau.)
Step 4: Join the second braid with the first and continue French braiding across your hairline in front (like a headband), then down around the back of your head.
Step 5: Tuck the end of the braid in and pin to conceal it. Set with hairspray.