On days when I have no clue what to do with my hair and a plain old pony tail just won’t cut it, the braid is my go-to ‘do. Let’s face it – what other hair style gives you such a pretty, polished look with such minimal effort?
But as easy and basic as a braid is to pull together, it can also get a little boring wearing the same simple look day after day. Even the classic French braid gets tired after a while. If you love the look – and ease – of a braid but want to amp it up a bit, here are a few ideas to give your basic braid a little bit of a twist.
If you don’t want to mess too much with a classic, don’t change your braid style – change the location of your braid. It may seem like a minor difference, but creating a side braid instead of a traditional down-the-back number gives you a cute, flirty look instead of a school girl vibe. And because it uses the same method as a regular braid, you don’t have to learn any new braiding techniques. Just pull your hair over the one side of your head like you would for a side pony and get braiding. Keep it loose and slightly messy to give it a sexy, tousled look.
Bigger isn’t necessarily better – not when it comes to braids anyway. Instead of pulling all of your hair into one big, fat braid, try adding a handful of super skinny braids throughout your hair. They’ll add texture and add flair to any hair style. You can place the braids in random spots throughout your hair, but to frame your face, be sure to braid a section near the front of your hair. Add a couple to the bottom layers of your hair too, so they’ll peek through your ‘do as your hair moves throughout the day.
A waterfall braid is a little more complicated than your basic braid, but it’s totally worth the extra effort. The braid only involves the top portion of your hair, so it’s a fun twist on the usual half up, half down ‘do. Start a classic French braid on the right side of your hair. When you reach the ear, start dropping a little bit of hair from the bottom section just as you’re about to weave it into the braid. Pick up another chunk of hair from beneath the braid so you still have three sections and continue until you reach the other side of your head. The waterfall braid looks especially pretty with wavy hair, so you may want to use a curling iron beforehand to add some soft curls to your hair.