There’s just something about a side braid that reminds us of summer. Maybe it’s the way it keeps sweaty strands from sticking to sweaty backs. Maybe it’s the way it goes from day to night, seamlessly. Maybe it’s how darn easy the style is to do (perfectionists need not apply). Whatever it is, celebs — including Ashley Greene, Audrina Patridge, and Sohee of the Wonder Girls — are pro plaits, too. Want to score the look? Sam Brocato, stylist and owner of the Sam Brocato Salon in New York City tells how to do the twist. Hint: It’s A LOT easier than it looks.
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STEP 1 First, pull all of your hair over to one side. If you want your hair to be behind the ear, be sure to shift the hair in that direction before starting to braid.
STEP 2 If your hair is super-straight, spritz it with a texture spray like Frederik Fekkai Coiff Bouffant Lifting and Texturizing Spray Gel ($23). Smooth the top with your hand and start to braid. “A three-strand braid works beautifully, but the more you experiment the more unique the look will be,” says Brocato.
STEP 3 Once the braid is in place, tie off the end with an elastic. Now, hold the braid in the middle with one hand. Then, with your free hand take one or two strands of hair at the end of the braid and pull on these strands of hair. Now gently push the braid in hand up towards the scalp in one-inch increments. Repeat a few times. This gives the braid a chunky, disheveled appearance.
STEP 4 Finally, take very small pieces of hair near the end of the braid and pull them free so there is a sort of unfinished look to the braid. Yes, ladies, make it messy, on purpose.
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