Braid Bar Trends

Braids are by far the hottest trend in hair, and they can be dressy or casual depending on your mood. Hairstylist Matthew Collins shows us three easy DIY braids, that are also making big news in the movies and on the red carpet.

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The Milk Maid Braid

  1. Start with braided pigtails on either side of your head.
    Tip: If you want to be fancy braid in a piece of fabric for some extra pizzaz.
  2. Wrap the first braid forward and across the top of your head securing the end with a bobby pin.
  3. Repeat with the second braid, wrapping the tip under the first braid and securing with a bobby pin.
  4. Continue to insert bobby pins across your head until it feels secure.
  5. Use the end of a tail comb to lightly pull braids apart to soften the look.
  6. Spray with a light hold hairspray.
    Tip: Use a light hold hairspray to tame flyaways and keep your braid looking polished and clean.

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Braided Updo

  1. Start with braided pigtails on either side at the nape of your neck.
  2. Grab the two braids and tie them together by crossing them at the nape of your neck.
  3. Pull the two strands tight, creating a knot with your hair.
  4. Tuck the remaining hair from the right side over the knot, and the hair from the left underneath. Both strands should be integrated into the initial knot. Then, use the bobby pins to secure. Continue adding in pins until hair is held firmly in place.
  5. Grab some strong hold hairspray and spritz your new 'do for extra security.
    Tip: Use a strong hold hairspray to reinforce and hold a hairstyle.

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Reverse French Braid

(aka The Katniss Braid from The Hunger Games)

The Hunger Games was big news and it was all about the braids.

This braid is the perfect blend between form and function and pretty, but unfussy and super easy!

  1. Make a deep side part on the right side of your head. Section the front, right quarter of your hair at the crown, dividing it into three sections and begin a French braid. Be sure that the braid hugs the right side of your head.
    Tip: Choose where your braid starts based on the length of your hair.
    Tip: Also change the part depending on the shape of your face. If you have a rounder or square face shape, start the braid further to right.
  2. Continue to braid, but pull the left side of the braid tighter so the braid curves to the leftside.
  3. When the braid has reached your right ear include sections from the front under and into the braid. Make sure all of your hair is incorporated and also doesn't look disjointed.
  4. Go through the braid and thicken it by messing it up. You don't want it to look too perfect.

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