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!
Step-by-Step Instructions by Jennifer Penny