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A braid, like a ponytail, can function as a way to keep hair contained, but it also works as a textural element, a way to create contrast. My favorite braided styles mix the twining with straight or wavy strands to enhance and add complexity. This asymmetric look which blends a single side braid with sleek strands creates a beautiful contrast the looks casual yet polished. Learn to create the look in the notes. ––  Laura Martin

Step: Part hair on one side and style as desired, straight or wavy.

Step: On the thinner side, just below the part. Section off an area from front hairline to top of the ear or just behind.

Step: Spray section with hydro mist and comb through.

Step: Braid section using a French braid or plaiting technique and firm tension, pulling braid toward the back of the section, away from the face.

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. Follow her inspirations on twitter @LarMarStyle

 

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