7 Beach-Ready Braids Just In Time For The 4th Of July
Split your hair into five sections, with one down the center of your part and two on either side. French braid each of these sections about halfway down, then braid normally the rest of the way and secure each braid with an elastic. Next, take the rest of your hair and start French braiding, starting at the center of your head. Weave the five braids you created throughout this new braid, and wrap the end of the big braid with an elastic. Voila—braids for days!
This undone milkmaid braid is tousled, messy, and will earn you a compliment or two at whatever celebration you have planned—guaranteed. Click here for the step-by-step tutorial!
Sometimes, subtler is better. Starting with tousled model-off-duty hair, take a one-inch section, starting at your crown, and braid it loosely all the way down. Repeat four to five times around your head for a very Woodstock-esque effect.
Loose Barrette Braid
For a laidback twist on the French braid, take three 4-inch sections of your hair and French braid very loosely two or three times, then finish with a regular braid all the way down. Clasp the braid in place with a brightly colored barrette and voila—beach-ready in under five minutes!
Give life to your fishtail by spritzing your hair first with a texturizing spray, like Oribe’s Dry Texturizing Spray ($42), then braiding loosely and weaving strands of (fresh or faux) flowers throughout the braid. Then, spray your fishtail once more, pull it apart to fatten, and backcomb it a bit to give it a messy, wood goddess vibe.
Starting behind each ear, braid a three to four inch section of hair and secure both braids with an elastic. Wrap them around your head, hugging the nape of your neck, and pin them in place. So fresh!
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French Braided Bun
Create two loose french braids on either side of your head, then secure each section with an elastics. Put your hair in a ponytail at the nape of your neck and undo the elastics from the two sections you braided previously. Then, just use a sock (or hair tool—see below for more) to create a low bun at the nape of your neck, pulling it out to give a looser, more casual vibe.
(Not sure how to use a bun-maker tool? Click here for our tutorial!)
How are you wearing your hair on your day off tomorrow? Sound off below!
If you’ve got a beach bonfire or BBQ planned for tomorrow, you’ve come to the right place. Ahead, we’ve gathered seven breezy braids to inspire you for the 4th—because nothing ruins a perfectly good holiday like boring hair.
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