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October 27, 2014

Braided Romance from Stephanie Brinkerhoff

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Braided Romance from Stephanie Brinkerhoff

  1. Braids and buns are two of the most popular topics on behindthechair.com, so when we’re able to offer you a braided bun? It’s crazy good! This particular version, by bestselling BTC author Stephanie Brinkerhoff, is a delicious confection of perfection. It’s soft, graceful and balanced, with just enough of a relaxed shape to be completely modern. It’s from Steph’s book, Elegant Upstyles for Today’s Bride, and it’s also one of her most frequently-requested looks—from clients and students alike.

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    Create additional loops with the remaining hair at the end of the braid, and add them to the existing shape to make it fuller.

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    If necessary, use a curling iron to create a waved texture. Then, divide the hair into three sections—one on each side and one in back.

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    In the back, create a parting just below the crown and clip the top.

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    Backcomb the hair in the back section, using a spray wax to add volume, grip and texture.

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    Gather this section into a low ponytail.

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    Subdivide the ponytail into smaller sections. Wind each subsection up toward the base of the head, forming small loops, and secure with bobby pins.

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    Continue looping and pinning subsections in the ponytail until all of the hair has been secured.

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    Release the top section.

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    Starting above the right ear, begin creating a three-strand French braid.

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    Continue working across the head, feeding in hair from the crown area as the braid is formed.

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    Gently tug at the sides of the braid to loosen and enlarge the shape.

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    Drape the braid across the top of the looped ponytail and secure it with bobby pins.

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    Subdivide the ends and create additional loops, pinning each one into the existing shape.

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    Release the remaining side section, direct it back, and pin it into the looped shape.

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