I’m very lucky to work with my dear friend Tyler Laswell during Fashion Week. Tyler (follow him on Instagram) is beyond talented, and as the Tresemme Lead Stylist he designs the hair styles at major shows — and therefore the hair trends of the season. When we got together recently, he created a modern take on braids for me, keeping the texture messy and rough, and leaving long, kinked ends loose. It felt like a great contrast to the more polished outfit I wore that day to the Prabal Gurung show, and I loved it so much I demanded a step-by-step from Tyler to share with you!
Here’s how to recreate this look at home:
Step 1. Evaluate your hair texture. Natural texture is the best for braiding, but for some people, natural texture can be too silky and slippery. If your hair falls into that camp, simply apply a generous amount of mousse to damp or dry hair and give it a rough blow dry, tousling your locks with your fingers.
Step 2. Now that the hair has proper texture, section it off. Create a side part that stops at the crown of the head. From where the part ends, section off a ponytail section about the diameter of grapefruit and clip it. You’ll be left with two sections of hair on each side. These are your braiding sections.
Step 3. Now for the braids! A French braid is pretty, but Tyler swears by inside out French braid, a method that flips the braid to be more visible and makes it easier to fan out later. To reverse French braid, start each braid at the hair line and braid back to the nape, crossing over with your sections instead of you crossing under. When you reach the nape, continue each braid about 3 inches off the head.
Step 4. Once you have both of your braids in place, release the ponytail section that you had clipped. Creat a low pony tail with this sections. (Tyler likes to swing it to the side opposite of the side part to balances the look.) Wrap the two braids around the base of the pony to hide the elastics and then secure it with a bobby pin.
Step 5. Rough it up! Now that everything is in place, undo it gently for a rugged, perfectly imperfect look. Grab the very side bits of the each loop in the braid and pull gently: the point is to open the braid and make it really wide and flat, not to undo it entirely! Once you are done opening up your braids, create a little volume on top by grabbing the small section of the low pony section and pulling. Do this gently! We just want to loosen it up a little.