March 17, 2016
There’s no doubt that 2016 will be the year of the braid. We asked our office hair guru, Michelle Cory, to show us how she manages to get her braided hair on fleek so that we can join the club, too.
“This hairstyle is my favourite one to do when I don’t have a lot of time or my hair is a little dirty (shhhhh!), plus it is super easy to create with my short locks. It’s a lot easier than you think, and practice really does make perfect!”
Spray some dry shampoo onto your hair; be sure to hold the can 30cm away from your head. Brush your hair to get rid of any knots, then part your hair as you usually would at the front, but divide it equally at the back into two sections. Tie one side with a hair elastic, so it doesn’t get in the way while you start braiding the other side.
Starting from top, start with three small pieces of hair (there will be a lot of hair loose, but don’t worry you will be adding it into your braid later). Start braiding your hair from the top, crossing the pieces under each other, as this will create the Dutch braid you’re after, rather than a French braid.
As you move around your head, from the top to the back, add extra hair into the braid, until there is no hair left to add, and then you can carry on plaiting normally depending on the length of your hair.
Once you cannot braid anymore, tie with an elastic.
Repeat on the other side of your head. Once both braids are finished, gently pull the edges of the braids to make them appear fuller with more texture.
Then cross pieces (if possible) at the back of your head and secure with bobbi pins. Hide your elastics as much as possible by tucking them under the braids.