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Just when you thought you’d seen every possible variety of braid, the look showed up the one place you didn’t expected it: on men. We’ve come to associate woven styles with weddings and flower children, but the technique comes from tough roots, and was worn by hunters and warriors long before it became associated with femininity and romance. Indigenous tribes of Africa, Native Americans, and even the Vikings wore braided styles. More recently, music stars from Willie Nelson to Dave Grohl have embraced the earthy vibe of this style. Long hair is in, and these looks provide versatile, functional options, vastly preferable to masculine ponytails. Click the style notes for tips on creating your own rugged ropes. –– Laura Martin

Step: Start with towel dried hair that is still slightly damp. Add a quarter-sized amount of hair creme through mid-lengths and ends and part naturally with fingers.

Step: Braid hair into two free hanging braids, one on either side of the head. A simple three strand plait or rope braid works best.

Step: Finish the braids with rubber bands. Leave them hanging, or wrap around the top of the head for an alternative finish.

Special thanks to Laura Martin, senior educator at ARROJO cosmetology school, for sharing professional hairstyling advice with Style Noted  

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