Versatile Braids Made Easy (Inspired by Game of Thrones)

Content and looks created by Jason Dougherty

Braids are definitely trending for summer 2014, especially the Milkmaid and Crown Braids. Make a fashionable statement with a fun and easy braid while getting the functional benefit of having hair that’s pulled away from your face – particularly great for hot weather and humid days. My Game of Thrones braid is a combination of two of my favorite braids, the “Waterfall” and “Inverted.” Whether you are off to brunch or a cocktail party, it’s a perfect look for any of your summer outings. Simply tuck the bottom portion of hair up into a messy bun and this versatile style is wearable both day or night. This look could also easily be worn by a bohemian bride getting married on the beach. I find that the braid’s appeal is its ability to be either dressed up or down.

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Waterfall Braid
1. Brush Hair and then comb to remove all knots. Apply a little oil/serum to run through the ends.
2. Divide hair into three sections for a French braid on the front of the head.
3. Now begin braiding hair back into a French braid.
4. The Waterfall comes when you drop out the third strand of the braid that crosses over from the top. You then pick up a new strand, next to the piece you let drop out, to replace the fallen strand.
5. Continue in this cascading pattern until you get to the middle of the head. You can rubber band to keep braid secure or bobby pin to hold in place.
6. Repeat on the other side of the head and meet in the middle.
7. Now connect the two braids into one braid in the middle of the head. Braid this down the head until you have no more hair. Secure with a rubber band or back comb the hair.

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Inverted Braid
1. Brush Hair and then comb to remove all knots. Apply a little oil/serum to run through the ends.
2. Divide hair into three sections for a French braid.
3. Now instead of crossing over you cross under each strand. Begin by adding a little hair into your first section. You cross that under your next section. Now add a little hair into your next section and cross under. Continue in this manner by adding hair into braid and crossing under.
4. You braid until there is no more hair left. You can either secure with rubber band or back comb the hair. This knots the hair and holds the braid without a rubber band. I like to spray a little hairspray on the ends to hold.

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Split hair down the middle and part out a section around the temple of the head to be used for the top braid. Place a light gel or serum like Shu Uemura’s “Touch of Gloss” on the crown for shine. Then create an inverted braid along the head on both sides and connect in the back. Prep the remaining hair with a texturizing spray (like Oribe’s “Dry”) to help with fullness and hold. Start a Waterfall Braid along the head on both sides and connect with the first braid. Finally, use a curling wand to create soft waves. Use your hands and a comb to backcomb the hair for a textured, messy look. Place an ornate necklace as a headpiece for an added touch.

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