Become a DIY French Braid Pro And Rock Your Favorite Summer-to-Fall Looks

If you’re trying to cool off during summer’s last days, or if you’re looking for that pre-fall look to hold you over until your next salon visit, a French braid is a perfect way to add function and flair to your hairstyle. Working the ends into a braid is a great option for protecting weakened hair and for keeping hair color vibrant. Pushing your lengths back into a no-part braided look even works like armor for a sensitive scalp whenever you’re outdoors. Braids are also a fool-proof way to cover up a wild mane in a pinch, and wake up with loose, effortless waves without the work (or a beach). At the very least, a braid can be your best friend if you’re looking for a way to pull off headbands, scarves, and hair accessories while showing off your sunnies. Or better yet – while flaunting your new shade of seasonal lipstick!

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Step-by-Step Instructions by Jennifer Penny

  • Prep hair by spraying a styling mist or dry shampoo such as Oribe’s “Dry” texture spray at the roots. Take 1 to 2 inch sections and follow all over your head. Use your hands to help the product volumize the root area.
  • Rub one pump of Shu Uemura’s “Essence Absolue” through the ends of your hair to hydrate and add shine.
  • Brush out all tangles.
  • Apply a pea-sized amount of Shu Uemura’s “Touch of Gloss” to the front of your hairline. This melt-in wax is lightweight and will tame all those little hairs for a perfect face frame.
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