I may not be the greatest at braids. Like anything, it’s a learning process. But here are my attempts at some pretty simple braids that I can even do! It’s a quick way to do your hair when you’re running late for work and don’t have time to wash your hair. Dry shampoo, braid, repeat!

Waterfall Braid

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  1. With a part on the right side, take a section of hair on the heavy side of the part.
  2. Divide this into three sections and cross the back strand over the middle then the front strand over the middle.
  3. Next, cross the back strand over the middle and bring in a section of hair to create a french braid.
  4. Now cross the front strand over the middle and bring in a section of hair like in step 3
  5. Next, cross the back strand over the middle and bring in another section of hair.
  6. This time, instead of crossing the front strand over the middle, drop it down and pick up a section of hair directly behind that strand. Cross it over the middle in place of the dropped strand.
  7. Now cross the back strand over and bring in hair per usual.
  8. Next, repeat step 6 dropping the front strand and bringing in a replacement strand.
  9. Repeat steps 5 through 8 until the braid reaches the back of the head.
  10. Continue braiding the three strands down into a regular braid and pin it against the head.
  11. Lay hair over the top of the pin to hide it

Half Up Fish Tail Braid

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  1. Start by dividing off a section of hair at the crown and tie it off with an elastic band.
  2. Next, create a gap right above the elastic band and pull the ponytail through the gap and back down again to create a flip.
  3. Wrap a small section of hair around the elastic band and secure it with another elastic band.
  4.  Braid the ponytail into a fishtail braid by dividing it into two halves and crossing small pieces from one side over top of each strand to the opposite side.
  5. Continue the braid until it’s about halfway down the section and then go back and pull on the edges to make it wider.
  6. Tie it off with an elastic band. Cover the elastic by wrapping a section of hair around it and securing it with another elastic band.

Mini Braids and Low Bun

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  1. Brush through the hair to remove any tangles. With a part on the right side, pick up a small section of hair on the left side of the part. Divide it into three section and begin a tiny regular braid, crossing the side strands under the middle one. After one stitch, begin incorporating hair into the braid.
  2. Grab another section next to the first braid and repeat.
  3.  Tie the ends with clear elastic bands.
  4. Brush the rest of the hair into a low ponytail.
  5.  Tie the hair into a messy bun.
  6. Grip a small section of the bun, bringing it up to the head, and pin it in place with a bobby pin.
  7.  Continue pinning sections of the bun until it creates a rounded shape and feels tight against the head.
  8.  Wrap the end of the braid clock-wise around the right side of the bun and pin down the end with bobby pins.
  9. Set the style with a firm-hold hairspray, leaving the finished look wispy and soft.

Can’t do your own braids, or want something fancier? Check out Braids By Em in YYC

Inspiration from Missy Sue

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