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The Beach Braid
This sexy, textured take on the classic waterfall braid has tousled appeal, without looking too messy or unkempt.
Start with wavy hair. Take a dab of styling balm and emulsify it in your hands, then run it over your hair to tame flyaways and give your locks that second-day look. Starting on the left side of your head, divide hair into three sections, and begin a French braid.
After you’ve created that first full cross-over, grab a section of hair right next to the braid and incorporate it into the plait, from the top. After you braid this piece in, leave behind the last section, so it’s no longer a part of the braid. Replace that strand with the piece of hair that is between your two remaining strands, adding it into the braid. Grab another adjacent section and weave it into the plait, continuing the pattern of adding in-between sections and leaving behind back pieces. This is what creates the waterfall effect.
Continue braiding in this pattern all the way around the top of the head, pulling the hair tighter on the left side as you go. This will help direct the braid up and around your head, rather than just going straight down.
When you reach your temple on the opposite side of your head, stop pulling in extra strands and just continue braiding downward with the hair you still have in your hands.
Finish the braid, then secure with a clear elastic. Grab a small piece of hair from the end and wrap it tightly around the elastic to conceal it. Once you’ve wrapped all the way around, take the loose end and tuck it into the braid to secure.
Take that front section from the right side of your head, then take the first two loose sections from your original waterfall braid and start a new braid, heading in the opposite direction from the first.
1. Start by bringing all of your hair to the right side of your head. Grab a small piece from behind your left ear, and then do the same on your right side. Bring both pieces over to the right side of your head.
2. Divide the small section on the right side into two: A thin, half-inch section on the far right, leaving the remaining section as a one-and-a-half-inch section. This should leave you with three sections of hair in your hands: The section from the left side of your head and the two sections from the right side in varying sizes.
3. Take the small, half-inch section from the far right and cross it over, combining it with the left section. Grab a half-inch section from the outside-most section of the left-side portion, and combine with the right side.
4. Take a half-inch section from the right side (taking it from the furthest section on the right), and grab a half-inch section from the remaining hair below (from the right outside, as well), and add all of that to the left section. Do the same on the left side. Repeat, pulling towards the right side. Continue crossing hair over from one section to the other and secure with an elastic band.
5. The short version: Take two equal sections of hair, and pull a thin strand from the outside edge of one section. Cross the thin strand over the other section of hair. Combine the strand to the hair in that section. Repeat the same steps with a thin strand from the outside of the other section until you’ve created crossover pattern, or a fishtail braid.
6. Rough it up a bit at the top of the braid, and pull the strands to loosen and fatten it up.
1. Take a one-inch by one-inch section above your left ear and separate into three sections.
2. Braid toward the front of your head.
3. Curve the braid around your head like a headband. Secure with a bobby-pin if needed.
4. Take another one-inch by one-inch section above your right ear and combine with the ends of first braid, continuing the braid. (You can connect the two with a bobby-pin if needed.)
5. Finish the second braid, bring it around the back of your head, and secure with an elastic. Layer the two braids on top of each other in the front, and, using a bobby-pin, secure through the elastic and the first braid.
6. Cover up the point where the two braids connect by weaving sections of hair over and under the braid, allowing the braid to peek out, but the beginning, ends, and connection points stay hidden.
1. Flip your head upside-down and section hair at the nape into three half-inch pieces.
2. Start a classic, inside-out French braid at the nape of your neck. (It’s exactly the same as a regular French braid, but instead of overlapping pieces on top, they pass underneath).
3. Keep adding sections all the way up until you reach the very top of your head. Make sure there is even and consistent tension—don’t go on to the next section of hair until you know it’s secure.
4. Tie off the braid at the top with a ponytail holder.
5. Twist hair into a bun, and secure with bobby-pins.
5. To finish, sweep the front section of the hair across the forehead and to the side (twisting along the side of your head), and connect it with the bun. Secure with bobby-pins.
Source: Refinery 29