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Hi, curly girly! It’s the fifth installment of our #SquadHairGoals series, and this week, we’re hacking an edgy braid. Actually, it’s not even technically a braid; it’s a braid-inspired ‘do that’s designed specifically for curly-haired beauties! We’ve created the ultimate faux braid (which looks a lot like the rope braid) by hacking it so gals with textured hair can rock it in about five minutes flat. If you’re after the playful look of a braid but want to switch things up, this hairstyle is for you.

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STEP 1: CREATE A PRETTY PONYTAIL

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First, pull your hair back into a mid-rise pony. Hide the elastic band by wrapping a piece of hair around it. This hack also gives your ponytail added fullness and a polished, finished look.

STEP 2: MAKE A LOOP-DI-LOOP

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Next, add a clear elastic band midway down your ponytail. Split the hair in half just above the elastic.

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Loop the ends of your hair up and push the pony through the opening. This is why this type of faux braiding is called the loop-di-loop ;) Keep in mind that this style also works great on straight hair!

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STEP 3: CREATE A SECOND LOOP-DI-LOOP

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Repeat the same loop-di-loop process.

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Don’t forget to let a few curls hang loose in the front and at the sides for a sexy vibe.

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That’s it — you’re done, and so, so gorgeous!

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Hair and Concept: Maritza Buelvas

Photography: Jennifer Coffey

Modeling: Lindsey Gonzalez

Shoot Assistant: Celeste V. Kelley

Shoot Location:Fulton Market Kitchen