Braids are a great way to pull hair away from your face while adding a touch more sophistication than a plain ponytail. This year, braids have been everywhere, ranging from a quick French braid to the more complex hair artistry worn to black-tie affairs.
At the glamorous Met Gala earlier this year, celebrities wore a variety of braids, including Emma Stone with a messy side braid, Gabrielle Union’s crown braid and Joan Smalls wearing a sleek fishtail braid.
I wanted to share a style that I love for getting long hair out of the way and looking cute with just minutes of preparation.
My favorite quick hairstyle of the moment is the reverse side braid. This look is soft, with gentle flyaways helping to make the look rather than detracting from it. This is one you can easily do on your own hair, finishing the look with a simple elastic band or loosely tied ribbon.
Here are some tips to get the look:
First, use texturizing spray to build in some volume at the roots of your hair. I’ve mentioned before that I love Oribe dry texturizing spray.
Then, start to loosely sweep the hair over to the side, pulling it all to the side where you want the braid.
When you do a regular braid, you split the hair into three sections and then pull the outer sections over the middle section. For a reverse braid, you simply do the opposite: Pull each outer section under the middle section to create the braid.
Secure the bottom with an elastic.
To build some width to the braid, gently tug at each section as you work your way up the braid, which will widen and flatten the look of the braid.
That’s it! Set it with some hairspray, and you’ve got a beautiful reverse side braid!