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The Perfect Braid for Second-Day Hair

BY lauren elizabeth 02/26/2016

 

Some of us (ahem, Claire) might not understand the struggles of greasy, second-day hair, but it’s a real one (and a slippery one, at that). Yes, dry shampoo can help, but sometimes it’s not enough—and we’re trying to be better about sudsing up less often besides because #hairhealth. Nancy Twine, the genius behind super-nourishing hair line Briogeo, shared her favorite braid to get limp strands outta your face.

MATERIALS

  • A wide-tooth comb
  • Clear hair elastics or bobby pins
  • Dry shampoo (optional)

 

STEP ONE

“Gently comb your hair out to remove tangles, and part hair slightly off-center. You don’t have to use dry shampoo here, but if you have especially fine or slippery hair, it can help the braid hold its place.”

 

STEP TWO

 

“Separate out a two-to-three-inch section of hair from one side of your part, and sweep it across your head to the other side. So you should have a strong part until a few inches before your forehead, and then this new section of hair should cross over to frame your face.”

 

STEP THREE

 

“Grasp the two-to-three-inch section of hair firmly at your scalp, and divide into three sections to begin your braid at the top of your head, the way you would for any braid.”

 

STEP FOUR

 

“Start to do a lopsided French braid of this section of hair down the side—lopsided because you should only gather new pieces from the front of your head into the braid (along your forehead down to your ear) to frame the face. Not taking hair from the back of your head helps the braid blend nicely into the rest of your non-braided hair.”

 

STEP FIVE

 

“Once you reach right above your ear, stop pulling in new hair for a French braid, and resume with a regular braiding as long as you like. You can braid all the way to the end or secure the half-braided section right behind your ear.”

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