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Sure, you like straightening, curling, and crimping your hair. You may even have a thing for weaving a braid or twirling a twist. But, in the name of the holidays, why not learn a new hairstyle to take your overall beauty look a step further? One of our favorite hairstyles for the holidays is this mixed halo braid. Combining Dutch and fishtail braids in a halo-like loop, as well as cascading waves, you can expect to look like a real-life angel. Intrigued? Read on to find out how to master this gorgeous hairstyle trend.
What you’ll need:
L’Oréal Paris Advanced Hairstyle AIR DRY IT Wave Swept Spray
Clear mini elastics
L’Oréal Paris Advanced Hairstyle LOCK IT Bold Control Hairspray
Get the look by following these simple steps:
Step #1: Detangle your hair. When you hop out of the shower, use a brush designed for wet hair to gently work through any knots and tangles. When you plan on braiding your hair, the last thing you want to encounter is any knots.
Step #2: Add waves. Once your hair is detangled, spray a texture-enhancing wave spray into damp strands from roots to ends. Then wait! Yep, you’re going to air dry your hair. If you want your waves to have more definition, gently scrunch your hair from your ends up while it air dries.
Step #3: Part your hair down the middle. Simple enough, right?
Step #4: Section off two inches from your forehead on both sides of your part. Use lobster clips to clip the rest of your hair on each side of your head out of the way.
Step #5: Weave Dutch braids. Weaving one side at a time, begin as close to your part as possible, starting with three small sections of hair. Incorporate more hair as you move along, making sure to add to the outside section. Weave all the way down to your ends, using the hair in the available section you’re working with. Once you finish your first braid, tug at each section of your braid to give your hair a more voluminous look and secure it with a mini elastic. Repeat the same process on the other side of your part.
Step #6: Spray your braid with hair spray. Spritz, spritz, spritz with a strong-hold hair spray to help ensure this part of your style stays in place.
Step #7: Weave fishtail braids. Unclip your hair on one side of your part and grab a small section close to your part directly behind your Dutch braid. Split this section into two equal sections and begin weaving a fishtail braid. Instead of weaving a regular fishtail, take a French fishtail approach, adding new pieces of hair with each stitch, as opposed to pulling from the two original sections. Once you reach a few inches down, you can stop adding new hair and fishtail all the way down to the ends. Pull your fishtail apart gently to create an ethereal, messy braid and secure it with a clear mini elastic. Repeat on the other side of your part.
Step #8: Pin your fishtail braids behind your head. Spray your fishtail braids with your strong-hold hair spray and pin them in place with a few bobby pins. Once they’re secured, remove the clear elastics for a more undone look. Just be sure that they’re totally in place and that the bobby pins are concealed.
Step #9: Pin your braids behind your head. When pinning them in place, remove one mini elastic at a time and pin one braid over the other for an interwoven look.
Step #10: Finish with face-framing strands and hair spray. Grab your hair spray again and spritz all over to help secure your hairstyle.
Now that your hair is on point, why not take your makeup to the next level, too? For an angel-like glow, check out our article, How to Strobe Like a Pro Makeup Artist.