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.