Try This Braid When You Don’t Want Winter Hat Hair
Hat hair may be the worst winter beauty offense. The static, frizz and flatness tend to leave you with a ‘do that’s somehow lifeless and also has a mind of its own, which is a huge bummer when all you want to do is throw on a trendy hat or cozy beanie and just call it a day. The solution? Get creative with your winter accessories — like trading in your beanie for a thick + cozy headband — and know how to hack a hairstyle to match. Rock this adorable (and simple!) braid the next time you’ve got the winter blues and need a little pick-me-up in the hair department.
STEP 1: CREATE A ONE-SIDED FISHTAIL
Start forming a one-sided fishtail braid using just two strands of hair. Braid the hair from underneath (this is key!) to form a 3D braid like our model Anna is doing. Set the fishtail in place by tying the ends with a clear elastic band.
STEP 2: PANCAKE + TUCK
Widen the fishtail and create more texture by using the pancaking technique: Tug slightly on the braid so it appears thicker. Then, set the braid in place with vertically placed bobby pins.
Tuck the remaining end of the fishtail braid behind your ear so it doesn’t poke out. Then, set your look by spritzing on a holding hairspray — make sure it’s a soft, brushable formula so it doesn’t look stiff.
STEP 3: POLISH + SET YOUR LOOK
Give some attention to the hair that’s framing your face — it’s at the forefront of your look, after all. Twist the front pieces for texture or curl ’em for bounce so they have some style to them and don’t fall flat.
Finally, hold your hair in a backward motion and spray a holding spray like Kenra Professional Volume Spray ($25).
Congrats! You’re now a certified snow bunny who’s ready for her close-up.
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