My obsession with beautiful braids (still!)

Hello beautiful friends!

So last year I had so many of my clients ask me to intertwine braids into their hair design. From waterfall, fishtail, French, Dutch, and reverse braids, it’s a look that gives just about any hairstyle that added ‘girly’ touch! I too am totally obsessed with them and love to create a braid in my own hair. Here is how I do it:

  • Start with 1-2 day-old hair if you want a more secure braid or if you want a more looser looking braid create the design from clean dry hair.
  • You can always apply a little Bumble and Bumble Sea Salt Spray (one of my favorite products) to the hair to give that messy textured look to the braid.
  • Create a deep side part, and then Fishtail braid the hair down each side of the head. Merge the two braids at the bottom, slightly to the side so that the braid hangs over one shoulder.
  • Placing one braid over the other, flip the ends of the hair through the hole of the two braids and secure with bobby pins.
  • After the braid is created, now comes the fun part! Start pulling pieces from you hair and pull the braid apart to give it a more voluminous look. Get creative on this part 😉

I have added some pictures of my favorite looks:

1. Braid intertwined in a half up/half down hair design. This is such a beautiful look and I love creating this look on my clients. It’s feminine and just so pretty. I love mixing this look with soft waves.

2. Milkmaid Braid. I love this look and even wrote how gorgeous Brooklyn Decker pulled this off. It’s important to keep it looking a little messy and textured. When I create this design on my clients, I will always use a dry shampoo or a dry texturizing spray. I love using Oribe Dry Texturizing Spray to give the hair a more matte look and feel. It needs to look slightly lived in and the braid shouldn’t look too perfect or structured.

3. Side Braid. This is still so popular and looks so editorial when paired with the right makeup and outfit. I love creating this look especially using a fishtail braid and keeping it very loose and piecey. I love the hair to be slightly clean when creating this look as the hair tends to fall naturally framing the face.

4. Up-do with braids. Now this is one of my favorite hairstyles to create and no look is the same. Braids can be partially seen adding a slight touch of girliness or braids can be the main feature. It’s very important to set the hair first with either hot rollers or a curling iron and pin curls, giving it volume then taking small pieces and letting the hair intertwine into the braid. For this look any type of braid can be used.

Hope you enjoyed this post!!

What is your favorite braided look?
What techniques do you use to create your braids?

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Have a beautiful evening!!

Nicoletta Daskalakis is a makeup artist and hairstylist based in Los Angeles. She works with clients from editorial, brides and weddings, fashion and tv.

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