#BGTutorial – Romantic Side Braids

Every girl should have a bevy of DIY hairstyles in her arsenal…for those days when a professional blowout seems out of reach, and you still need to pull it together for the 9-to-5. Sometimes a larger-than-life top knot or a low, messy chignon will do in a pinch. But how about braids? Yes, braids. Have you ever considered romantic, Grecian-inspired side braids? While we love this look all year round, we’re particularly found of this carefree style during the warm summer months. It’s a great way to corral long hair and keep cool. Want to learn the technique? We’ll show you how:

1. Start with dry hair. If hair needs a boost of texture, spray in a dry shampoo like Alterna Caviar Anti-Aging Dry Shampoo (212 872 2756)…this also helps give fine hair a little volume.

2. If hair needs shine, apply a spritz of Serge Normant Meta Sheer Dry Oil Finishing Spray (212 872 2756). This also makes for a good finishing spray.

3. Part hair. You will need one side part…this should be slightly off center to the left or right.

4. Starting at the top, section hair into three equal parts to begin your braid. The style of braid we’re creating is called a “cornrow”. It looks like a traditional braid, but it connects additional hair as you go.

5. Begin braiding a small section, adding hair to each strand of the three strand as you braid. This connects the braid to the rest of the hair. Add one piece at a time and continue until you reach the back of the nape.

6. Now repeat the aforementioned steps and complete the second braid on the other side of the part.

7. Continue until you reach the back of the nape. Secure the ends with clear elastics or hair pins.

8. Once braids are complete, add a more playful and romantic feel by loosening the sections bit. This gives a slightly lived in and perfectly imperfect shape.

9. Finish with Serge Normant Meta Sheer Dry Oil Finishing Spray (212 872 2756).

Voila! Romantic Side Braids.

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