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7 Easy Braid Hacks That You Don't Have To Be A Hairdresser To Master

May 2, 2014 by Julia Welling
shefinds | beauty


Fishtail braid Did you ever want to learn how to do a fishtail braid? We found one of the easiest tutorials by one of our favorite bloggers, Cupcakes and Cashmere, to show you how. [youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HHwwmi8-oQY[/youtube]


Messy fishtail braid Once you've mastered the Fishtail, you can conquer the Messy fishtail with ease. All you have to do differently is tease your hair before you braid it. You can also get a messy look by pulling the braid outwards and loosening it when your're finished. For teasing, I suggest the Conair Rubber Tail Comb ($2.39)


Braided up the back bun To get this style, follow these steps: 1. Flip your head and hair upside down. 2. Start french braiding it up the back. If you don't know how to french braid, watch this video first: [youtube]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ujS0VNOXeVg[/youtube] 3. French braid the back of your hair until you reach the desired height of your bun. It looks best if your bun is pretty high up on your head. 4. Secure the braid with the rest of your hair in a hair tie. 5. Use a smooth brush to smooth the top and the sides of your hair. 6. Wrap your hair into a bun and secure with bobby pins or a hair tie. You can also add a flower or other hair accessory to hide imperfections or make a statement.


Easy side braid This is one of my personal braid secrets. Instead of straining your arms trying to French braid your hair into the perfect side braid, you can do it faster by only picking up hair (French braiding) from the side closest to your face and braiding the other side normally like you can see in this picture of Jessica Alba. When you are finished with your side braid, you can secure it with a few bobby pins and leave your hair down, or you can pull it back into a bun or ponytail.


Braided top knot The braided top knot is one of the easiest styles to pull off. All you have to do is: 1. Pull your hair into a really high ponytail. 2. Separate your hair into two sections. 3. Braid both sections and secure both with a hair tie. 4. Wrap one section around the other and secure with bobby pins or Goody Simple Styles Spin Pins ($5.29). Goody's Spin Pins are actually a braid hack in themselves! They are perfect for securing any type of braided up-do so that you don't have to use a million bobby pins, and they come in different colors to match your hair.


Braided bun To get Sarah Jessica Parker's braided bun follow these steps: 1. Pull your hair back into a super tight slicked back pony tail. 2. Separate your ponytail into several different sections depending on how thick your hair is. 3. Braid each section and secure with a hair tie. 4. Wrap each individual section into a bun and secure with bobby pins or spin pins. 5. Once they are all secure, hairspay your bun and the rest of your hair to make sure there are no loose pieces of fly-aways.


Braids as waves Want tamed, wavy, natural-looking hair? 1. Separate your hair into several different sections. 2. Braid each section individually and secure them with hair ties. 3. Take each section one at a time, and remove the hair tie without letting the braid go. (aka. hold the bottom of the braid for dear life) 4. With a hair straightner, gently glide over each braid 3-5 times. 5. Let the braid go. 6. Repeat on each braided section. We suggest using this awesome straightner: T3 SinglePass Professional Straightening & Styling Iron ($160)

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