When we were kids, our copy of Braids and Bows ended up in the garbage—a combination of our hatred of ribbons and our boiling frustration over our utter lack of ability. These days, we’re willing to give these pretty little plaits another try. Not only have braids evolved into a cool, intergalactic art form since our embarrassing class photo days, but they also serve a real and breezy function come festival season.
To get us ready for that extreme desert heat—and stand out in a sea of coif crowns—we turned to our nearest braid babe, Alison Brislin, who cooked up this sorta sleek, sorta spacey look special for us.
1. Let you hair fall to its natural part. On the side with less hair, grab a chunk of hair and spilt in three, like you’re going to do a normal French braid.
2. Braid using the normal French braid technique, but instead of adding a new piece of hair to each of the 3 parts of your braid, only add to the top piece. Keep it close to the hairline and when you reach the bottom, finish off with a hair tie.
3. On the other side of the head, spilt hair into two sections. (Note: If you have fine or slippery, clean hair, back comb and tease this section of hair before starting.) Take a small strand of hair from the right section, pull it back and cross it over to join the left hair section.Then take a small strand of hair from the left section, pull it back and cross it over to join the right hair section. Repeat these steps all the way down the back of the head creating a fishtail braid.
4. Again, keep it close to the hairline and as you’re braiding move it diagonally across the head to meet up with the one sided braid. Tie off with a hair tie.
5. Weave the one sided braid into the fishtail. Tough to visualize? Well, we’re glad you asked. Check out this zoomed in GIF below to watch just how it’s done.
6. Carefully take off both hair ties and finish off the braid with just one hair tie. For extra messy styling (we prefer!), carefully rough it up and loosen up the braid with your fingertips.