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The coolest braid for fall is a tight and sleek, a small three-strand plait worn clean and neat. There are lots of ways you can wear this trend: pull all hair into a single plait, wear one as an accent, or add a few, evenly spaced, along the front hairline. The thin plaits have a clean, rope-like feeling, a little tough while still feeling pretty. Learn to create slender, shiny braids in the style notes. –– Laura Martin

Step: Prep hair by misting lightly with hydro mist. Add a nickel of hair creme, pulling through ends first, then distributing up toward roots.

Step: Divide hair into section for braiding. Split down the center for pigtails or divide into smaller sections for hairline braids.

Step: Split each section into 3 even strands. Comb through to detangle and braid, using very firm and even tension, to produce a neat, tight plait.

Step: Secure ends with a small, clear hair band. Mist completed braid with holding spray.

Special thanks to Laura Martin for this post. Laura is a professional hair stylist, former senior educator at ARROJO cosmetology school, and a creative non-fiction MFA student at Georgia College, Milledgeville, GA

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