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The Braided Fan
Hair type:

Fine

Hair length:

Long

The Braided Fan

EXPERT TIP

This sculptural updo is best shown off in a simple, low-necked dress or outfit.

HOW TO ACHIEVE THE LOOK

STEP 1

Wash and condition hair.

STEP 2

Towel-dry hair until damp and scrunch with a towel to help prevent damage and split ends.

STEP 3

Fill your left palm with styling mousse. With your right hand, use a wide-tooth comb to work the mousse into your hair, starting at the roots all the way to the tips.

STEP 4

Blow-dry hair completely with a skeleton brush, ensuring the hair is tangle-free. Once hair is dry, place a dime-sized amount of anti-frizz crème in the palm of your hand; rub your palms together and work them over the surface of your hair to reduce frizz.

STEP 5

Brush hair with a boar bristle brush, using the brush to smooth the top and sides of your hair. Once all sides are smooth, use the brush to gather hair into a low ponytail at the nape of the neck, securing the ponytail with a rubber band.

STEP 6

Separate the ponytail into two equal sections. Starting at the rubber band, twist the sections around one another until you reach 3-4 inches from the tips, depending on the length of your hair. When you reach 3-4 inches from the tips, twist the entire ponytail upward to meet your rubber band, creating a twisted bun. Secure the twisted bun with a rubber band over your first rubber band, leaving the remaining 3-4 inches of your hair free and pointing upward.

STEP 7

Use a 1-inch flat iron to straighten the free tips, ironing 1-inch sections of hair in an upward motion.

STEP 8

Finish this updo hairstyle by spraying a strong-hold hairspray all over the hair, holding the can 10 inches away. Finish

STEP 9

Cover both rubber bands with a ribbon to keep twisted hairstyles like this looking polished.

WHAT YOU'LL NEED

  • Wide-tooth comb
  • blow-dryer
  • skeleton brush
  • small boar bristle brush
  • rubber bands (2)
  • 1-inch flat iron
  • 3-inch piece of wide ribbon

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