We all love a good braid. Whether we’re trying the crazy colorful corset trend, an Insta-inspired knot, or even braided pigtails, the plaited hairstyle is a tried-and-true look that we’re always down to create. The best part is that some of them can give the look of a complex style but actually only require a few simple steps to achieve IRL. The edgy snake braid fits that bill and instantly elevates any look you pair it with.
This intricate accent is a celebrity favorite with stars, including Blake Lively, Elizabeth Olsen, and Ashley Graham. And it made more than a few appearances on the festival circuit for those wanting to keep cool and look cool. “This style is very popular for Coachella and other occasions because it is more interesting and unique than a traditional three-strand braid but not as complicated as a fishtail or five strand braid,” celeb hairstylist Sarah Potempa tells Brit + Co.
The queen of braids breaks it down for us in the following foolproof how-to.
First, create a regular three strand braid. Then, hold one of the strands taught and place the other two strands on the left side.
Push the two strands on the left side up toward the top of the braid, while still holding the other third strand taut, until the hair is tightly coiled by the root.
Now, pull the coil back down to the desired look you’re after. The longer that you pull the braid down, the more visible the S-shaped snake shape appears. Secure the style with an elastic and a bobby pin for extra support.
How easy was that!?!
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(Photos via Sarah Potempa)