Ever woken up in the morning feeling as refreshed as Sleeping Beauty, only to look in the mirror and see that you’re hair is more Cruella DeVille?
That’s me probably five out of seven days of the week. Whether you’re a curly-haired gal or have pin-straight strands, you’ve probably felt this pain more than once a week. Lucky for us ladies, the warm weather season is all about… braids! From fishtails to boho styles that snake around your head, there’s something for every lady with this easy-breezy style.
With the right tools and a little bit of guidance (if you’re more of a novice and in dire need of some guidance), you can easily weave your hair into perfection with some easy-to-follow steps. Here are a couple of guides for two of the top braid styles as seen on the runways and in the street:
One: Gather hair into a ponytail near the nape of your neck (it looks cool off to one side) and secure with a clear elastic band.
Two: Divide the hair in the ponytail into two equal parts.
Three: Take a small piece from the outside of side one and cross the piece over to side two. Next, take a small piece from the outside of side two and pass it to side one. Continue this process. Tip: to keep the braid tight, every so often you can take side one and side two and pull them away from each other. This will help tighten the pieces you have already placed and braided.
Four: Once you’ve finished the braid, secure the ends with an elastic band. At this point, cut away the elastic that was secured at the top of the braid.
One: Brush the hair free of any knots or tangles, and part the hair down the center.
Two: Part the hair again horizontally behind the ear. Twist and clip the hair above the part so it doesn’t interfere with your braiding.
Three: Divide the hair below the horizontal part into three equal sections, A, B and C. Place A under C and B under A to create a standard braid.
Four: Draw a two-inch section of hair from the scalp line and add it to section A. Pull section A under section C, and secure the plait with your pointer and index fingers. Braid downward and approximately three-inches away from the scalp, making a U-formation around the hairline.
Five: Repeat Step 4 with sections A, B and C as you continue forming a braid around your head. Continue braiding at least three inches that are equal distance between the center point on your head and your hairline.
Six: Continue braiding until the braid encircles the head and ends at the starting point. Braid the leftover hair and secure the bottom with an elastic. Your head now should have a crown braid and a braid extension tail at the end.
Seven: Curve and tuck the loose, remaining braid into the upper half of the existing crown braid. Secure the base of the braid into the scalp using hair pins.
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