Braids for Summer

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THE MESSY BRAID-BUN:
To get a look like Nicole Richie‘s, create four face-framing braids, securing them as close to the ends as possible with an elastic. Twist the remaining hair into a messy bun. Then comes the fun part: undo the elastics on the braids and incorporate them into the bun, securing with bobby pins.

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THE WRAP-A-BRAID:
This red carpet hair style staple works best on shoulder length or longer hair, like Salma Hayek‘s. Use a fine tooth comb (it makes a huge difference!) to make a neat middle part and work the two halves of your hair into two tight, very clean, low braids. Pull the braids up and around the top of your head, securing them with bobby pins and hiding the ends underneath the braid from the opposite side.

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THE EDITORIAL BRAID
Impossible to do! Its usually reserved for magazine spreads!

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FISHTAIL BRAIDS:
Fishtail braids are a variation of French braids: Instead of incorporating each new hair section into the braid, let it go after twisting it over the braid, and grab a new section in its place. They take a little practice but once you’ve got it, it’s a piece of cake.

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UP UP  DO BRAIDS:
Smooth hair into a high, side ponytail, and separate out a bottom section of the hair to make a small braid. Wrap the ponytail around itself to create a bun. Finally, wind the braid around the base of the bun to hide the elastic, securing the end with a bobby pin.

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MULTI-BRAID:
For this pretty look, make three to four small braids along an uneven part, securing the ends with small elastics and hiding them under your hair with a bobby pin.

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FRENCH BRAID:
To get Lauren Conrad‘s look, (hint: it’s a great tactic for growing-out bangs!) side part your hair and create a small french braid in front, framing the face for a headband effect. Secure the end of the braid with a small elastic.

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SIDE SWEPT BRAID::
The secret here is to keep things loose as you brush your hair to one side and create a low braid, pulling pieces out of the plaits for a nonchalant, messy effect. For a more for romantic look, twist the bottom of your hair (along the hairline) into a roll and secure with bobby pins as needed.

With braids, practice makes perfect. If your style isn’t wearable on the first go (and odds are it won’t be), try it again until you’ve got it down. I still have a hard time trying to style braids and for it to look nice not messy but I use a lot of mouse on the parts I am braiding, a lot of hair spray after I am done and lots of bobby pins!

The hair tips and advice used was from The Insider. I take no credit, I learned from the hair tips that I shared with you and hopefully it will work for you too! All I did was chose the pictures of my favorite hair styles that matched each hair style description.

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