Braid Brigade

    Fall is the perfect time to experiment with your hair. To refresh your look this fall, try a few simple braid styles for an effortless and glamorous look. Here’s how to score the best braid look this season:

     

    1. French Braid
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    Photo via Beauty High

    The French braid is the most classic and staple braid style. It is versatile and easy to master. Once you have the basics down, there are so many different ways you can go with it. To start, use your fingers to separate a two-inch section of hair from your hairline back to the crown. Divide the piece into three equal sections and begin braiding by crossing the strand in your right hand over the strand in the middle. The right strand should now be the middle strand. Then, cross the left strand over the middle strand. The middle strand should now be the left strand. Keep this going until you have reached the ends of your hair and viola! To achieve a sleek and polished look, keep the braid tight by pulling the sections away from each other as you braid. For a messy look, avoid pulling tightly and even let some of your layered hair peek out of your braids.

     

    2. Fishtail Braid
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    Photo via Instagram @KristinEss

    The fishtail is a slightly more sophisticated take on the classic braid. It also proves to be a bit more formal, so if you are headed to a business meeting or a wedding, this is one to surely try! This look is great with hats and beanies. It’s also great for keeping your hair out of your face if you live somewhere windy. To master this look, start by dividing your hair into two large sections, parting straight down the middle. Then, pull a thin strand of hair from the outside of the left section. Pull it over the top of the left section, and grasp it under the right section. Repeat the same step on the right side, and keep alternating sides. Be sure to weave over and under until you reach the bottom of the braid. Then tie the end with a hair tie, and you are ready to hit the town!

     

    3. Crown Braid
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    Photo via Hair Romance
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    Photo via BRIT + CO

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    For the real braid experts out there, this updo is the one to try! The basic concept behind this hairstyle is to French braid using mid to longer length hair; longer hair is recommended for this style.  To start, you will need a handful of bobby pins and a brush. Starting at either temple of the head, French braid your hair horizontally following your hairline, incorporating a few loose strands into the braid as you go. When you get to the opposite side of your head, bring the braid down slightly so that it wraps around the bottom of your neck. Use bobby pins to fasten the hair as you go and to tuck your ends in at the base of your neck.

    There are tons of styles out there, but it’s up to you to decide what works best for you. If something seems too hard, don’t give up your first time trying. It all takes time, so give yourself room for error and remember that this is for you and no one else. So have fun with it! Be you, be beautiful, be strong.

    Germ's resident Beauty Consultant, Amanda Alcala, has a great love for the fashion and makeup world, though these are not her only passions in life. When she is not working or sleeping, she is slowly but surely working towards becoming a floral decorator, an amateur drummer, and honing her skills as a painter. She tries to never leave the house without a book, but she can never choose just one, so her car is filled with books and spare outfits (you can never be sure when you’ll need a costume change). Her friends are her family, and she is so thrilled to be working alongside them and the rest of the incredible Germ staff! She can be reached at amanda@germmagazine.com.

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