This Easy Braid Is the 5-Minute Trick to Upgrading Second-Day Hair
What’s a busy #girlboss to do when she wakes up in a hurry with no time to wash and dry her second-day hair or is just flat out, um, feelin’ lazy? After you spend five minutes on your makeup using our easy breezy tutorial, you can follow these three super simple steps to get a kick-ass, compliment-worthy floating braid that will get you ready to have a hassle-free, productive day. Bonus: the messier your hair, the better texture and look you will have. In other words, your beach waves just found their new BFF. Does it get any better than that?!
Just shake your fingers through your hair to zhuszh and add a little life back to your crazy slept-on tresses. No need to brush or comb or anything! The more messy, the better for this style.
Step 1: Place a Heavy Side Part + Section
Pull your hair over to whatever side you part it on using just your fingers. Keep the top loose so you still have body up there. Separate two sections of hair as seen in the photo above: one from the top and one from the lower back part of your head.
Step 2: Twist Under + Braid
Take the top section and twist it under the lower section that you pulled from the back lower portion of your head. This is going to help give that twisted, flowing, floating feel. You can see how our Sales Superstar Ashley’s hair is flowing back into the braid and how it sort of conceals where the braid starts. Once the hair is twisted, begin braiding your locks in a standard three-strand braid, stopping midway down the length of your hair.
Step 3: Switch To a Fishtail + Slide Braid
Now that you stopped the standard braid, make the three strands into two strands and move into a fishtail braid. The smaller the sections of hair you use in your fishtail braid the better. You will get a much more textured finish.
When you get to the ends of your hair, take one small strand and pinch it in your fingers while you use your other hand to slide the rest of the hair up on that section. The best way to describe this (it’s weird that this is the first thing to come to my mind) is like you would hold a skewer with one hand and slide the veggies off the skewer with the other hand — AKA do a slip braid! :)
If only everything in life could be this simple, eh?! At least getting ready can be achieved with the “less is more” motto. Throw on your best skinny jeans and off-the-shoulder gray tee, pair the ensemble with little booties to top off your simple but effective (comfortable) look of the day.
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