There’s no end in sight to our national obsession with braids; Fall 2016 runways were proof of that. The braid trend has been running hot for several years now, which is perfect because time has allowed many of us to finally get our braiding skills down to a science (well, sort of). Since there’s always room for improvement, Kristin Sky Olsen, event hair specialist for Seagull Hair Salon in New York City, let us in on the one thing you should never do when braiding your hair–and two more no-no’s, for good measure.
“Braiding on clean hair is an absolute don’t,” Olsen says. “Clean hairs are too smooth to grip each other and stay together. There are plenty of things that can break up and fall apart at a party–your braid shouldn’t be one of them. If you do have freshly shampooed, silky locks, get them a little dirty with a sea spray like Hair Resort by Kevin Murphy or a Davines’ medium hold pliable paste.”
Another important braiding tip for fans of the fishtail? Be consistent when it comes to sectioning the hair. “Never take uneven sections when fishtail braiding,” Olsen says. “It will look unpolished and lumpy. The point of a fishtail is to give a sense of graceful agility. Inconsistent sections will look more like a heard of camels.”
Olsen’s last tip? Even if you’re going for a super relaxed, casual braid, it’s important not to slack off and start your braid too low. “Start out clean and tight at the scalp or pony for maximum fullness or it’s gonna fall as flat as day old champagne,” Olsen says. “If you want a looser look, get the structure in first. You can always go back and break it up with your fingers or if you want a more lived-in look. Lightly backcombing the surface of the braid will give an otherwise plain braid a bit of enviable chic.”
For more beauty tips, check out the one thing you should do if you want longer hair and why you should be working out with your hair in a braid.
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