There are two types of braids . There are the classics: the basic three-strand, the fishtail and the Dutch, all five-minute 鈥榙os that most of us could pull off with our eyes closed. Then, there are the braids on the opposite end of the spectrum 鈥 the eye-poppingly gorgeous, head-scratchigly intricate kind of braids you see all over Pinterest on celebrities and high-fashion models. You know, the kind you couldn鈥檛 possibly pull off yourself鈥 way wrong, you guys. Here I鈥檓 showing you how to DIY one of the most elaborate-looking braids around 鈥 the spiral braid 鈥 that you can execute before a major event, say, a Valentine鈥檚 Day date or a 30th birthday bash for your bestie. Long haired-girls, this is your time to shine!

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Prep: Add Texture

  1. Beauty_Braid_01Whenever you鈥檙e styling your hair in a braid, it鈥檚 best to make sure your hair has a little bit of a rougher texture to hold it in place as you go, which will make it easier for you to style. Spray a dry shampoo like聽TRESemme Fresh Start Volumizing Dry Shampoo聽($5)聽at your roots all the way through the ends of your hair and shake your fingers through your hair to disperse the product evenly.
  2. Step 1: Heavy Part + First Braid

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    Place a heavy side part in your hair. Then begin to Dutch braid 鈥 aka an upside down French braid 鈥 the entire front portion of your hair, taking the front section from the side of your hair that has more hair from the part.

  3. b3Continue your Dutch braid all the way until you reach the nape of your neck on the opposite side of your head. When you reach this place, you can stop adding hair into the braid and switch to a traditional three-strand braid until you get to the ends. Tie off the braid with a small elastic.
  4. Step 2: Make 2 More Sections + Braid Both

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    Divide the hair on the other side of your part into two sections. Starting with the section closest to your face, place a small聽Dutch braid that wraps around in the opposite direction and secure it with an elastic when you reach the ends. 聽Do the same braid on the middle section of hair as well.

  5. Check Point: How Your 3聽Braids Should Look

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  6. Step 3: Wrap + Pin Your Braids

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    First Braid:聽Wrap the middle braid up and over your head, then pin the ends in place directly into the beginning of the braid.

    Second Braid: Go back to the braid that you started with and wrap it up and over in the opposite direction, tucking in the ends to blend it into the braid and securing with bobby pins.

    Third Braid: Finally, take that last little braid 鈥 the one that鈥檚 closest to your face 鈥 and wrap it around and over in the other direction. Pin it in place wherever the ends land.

  7. Step 4: Loosen 聽It Up

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    Use your fingers to gently separate the braid throughout to make it look softer and more modern.

  8. b11Slightly unkempt, which gives off a soft, sexy vibe.
  9. SpiralBraidBackThe whole view, pretty from every angle!

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    See, when you break it down you realize it鈥檚 so much easier than you would have guessed just by looking at the final look. While most of us may not have Lee鈥檚 gorgeous long locks, we can still play around and recreate this look custom for our own hair. Remember that the more texture you have in your hair, the more unique you can make this look!

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