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13 Sep

So You Think You Can Braid?

Posted by Bikini Owner

 

A photo posted by Sarah Potempa (@sarahpotempa) on

 

Braids are, in our opinion, so incredibly exciting and so insanely perplexing. Like—we just wanna look like Margot Robbie on the red carpet with a perfectly mussed French braid, but getting there is not so easy. Since we're not a celeb with a cavalcade of hair pros on staff, we resort to the next best thing: the Internet. Seriously, if we had unlimited amounts of time, we'd spend the rest of our days watching regular girls with mad braiding skills de-mystifying the five-strand masterpiece or crown braids, and we'd be sooooo happy. 

But that's not reality, folks. We've got jobs, kids, dogs, and parties to hit up, so we need to master some braids for fall and we've got to do it, stat. If you're looking for a similar education, rest easy. We've scoured (literally—so. many. hours) the web to find the best DIY braid videos, which you'll find below. They're brief, clear, and cover the most alluring styles of the moment—the Dutch braid, the fishtail, the five-strand, the braid crown, and box braids. Are there more complex styles to tackle? Perhaps. But you gotta start somewhere. 

 

FISHTAIL BRAID 

 

So mermaid-y and beachy, and pretty easy to accomplish, even with remedial skills. Lauren Conrad to the rescue!

FIVE STRAND BRAID

What we love about this braid style is how much texture it instantly adds to even the finest hair. 

SOFT DUTCH BRAID

A more ethereal version of the standout reverse Dutch or boxer braid, this style offers texture but is way more romantic. 

BRAID CROWN

If there's a music festival on your calendar for 2017, start with this one. 

BOX BRAIDS

Chunky, multiple braids like this channel Janet Jackson in Poetic Justice or Gwen Stefani circa 1998. Time-consuming but totally worth the work.