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.

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STEP 1: CREATE A ONE-SIDED FISHTAIL

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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

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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.

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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

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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.

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Finally, hold your hair in a backward motion and spray a holding spray like Kenra Professional Volume Spray ($25).

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Congrats! You’re now a certified snow bunny who’s ready for her close-up.

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Hair and Art Direction by Maritza Buelvas
Photography by Jennifer Coffey
Modeling by Anna Baun