Quick Inspiration for DIY Braids
It’s no secret that braids never go out of style. Basic braids are quick and easy for any time of day or occasion, and with just a little practice advanced braids can take your style to the next level. Most styles that you see online, in magazines, or on your favorite celeb are just easy braids that have been upgraded. This complete guide to advanced braids proves that if you can do basic braids, then you can do advanced braids too!
Waterfall braids are perfect for long hair. It incorporates a French braid, but instead of weaving the top layer all the way through, you split half of the layer, so it cascades down. This style is perfect to bring some pop to your long, flowing locks. As you practice, you can add waterfall braids to up dos or ponytails for more intricate looks. With a little practice, you can create this hairstyle within a few minutes every morning.
If you can do a Dutch braid, then you can do a crown braid. Create a crown braid by starting a Dutch braid on the side of your head and working around the head to re-create a crown or halo effect. Once you reach the end of your hair, hide away the ends with some bobby pins and head out the door! It’s perfect for beating the heat of summer, heading back to school, or even dressing up for the office. Everyone will think you spent hours on this cute and stylish look!
Pro Tip: Pull out a few pieces of hair to frame your face for softer, romantic look and seal it with some finishing spritz.
Upside Down Braid and Bun
The upside down braid and bun is another great opportunity to show off a French or Dutch braid. Choose either a French or Dutch braid (ladies choice.) You will flip your head over and start the braid at the nape of your neck working up towards the crown of your head. Once you reach the top of your head, tie the braid and use the remaining hair to create a bun. It’s perfect for keeping hair off your neck or hiding away a bad hair day.
If you’ve only ever done a regular three strand braid, you may be feeling overwhelmed. Don’t worry! Always remember that this complete guide to advanced braids requires a strong foundation in French or Dutch braids and some practice. It won’t be long before you impress all of your friends with your beauty guru level of knowledge and style.
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