Romantic Braid Tutorial

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This is one of my very favorite hairstyles these days! It's very easy to do, once you get the hang of it. Plus, it keeps my hair out of my face when I'm playing with James! It is just really really feminine and pretty and I always get compliments when I wear my hair like this. I think it is PERFECT for Valentine's Day or a date night!

1. Part your hair on one side, and swoop all of your hair over the opposite shoulder.

2. Start french braiding your hair up at the top by your part. Continue the french braid until you're at your ear.

3. Start adding in hair from the opposite side by grabbing sections and bringing them around into the french braid. You can play around with how big of sections you use for different looks.

4. Tie off your braid with an elastic, and then gently pull the braid apart to give that big, messy look. Again, you can play around with this. Go crazy for a chunky, bed-head look, or leave tighter for a sleek and tidy braid.

There you have it! Be sure to tag me in your pictures if you try this braid - I'd love to see how it turns out!

How To: Mermaid Braid

IMG_3542 One of my favorite hairstyles has to be the easier-than-it-looks Mermaid Braid. It's actually really simple to do, and it looks super cool. It's a great style for keeping your hair out of the way and tied back, but it's a little more interesting than your typical braid. It's great for a day of hiking, a day at the beach, or a day in the office. Follow this quick tutorial and you'll be Mermaid-braiding in no time!

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Step 1: Using a hair tie, loosely tie your hair into a low, side pony-tail.

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Step 2: Separate the pony-tail into two equal sections.

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Step 3: Take a small section of hair from one side, and wrap it over, adding it to the opposite side.

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Step 4: Repeat this by taking a new small section of hair from the side that you just added the first small section to, and wrapping that over to add it to the side that you took the first small section from.

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Step 5: Continue taking a small section of hair from one side, wrapping it over the top of the section that you took it from and adding it to the other section. Do this all the way down the split pony-tail.

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Step 6: Once you've gotten to the end of your pony-tail, gently slide the hair tie down the braid to the bottom, and secure it tightly.

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And there you have it! Easy-peasy, and just like that you look like a mermaid! *wink* This style is meant to look a little loose and undone, so don't worry about keeping the braid super tight or neat looking! Just go with the messy vibe! You are heading out for an adventure, after-all!

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I'd love to see pictures of your Mermaid Braid! Tag me in your Mermaid Braid pictures on Instagram: @annamcohen