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BRAID PASTE

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PHOTOS/POST: KRISTIN ESS

Braiding can be a daunting task for even the most nimble fingers. I found something a while back that’s helped me teach people how to braid their own hair. Some super duper helpful stuff called  BRAID PASTE! There are tons of molding pastes on the market, and as I’ve showed you many times before, and I still love/use those as well! But sometimes you have to cocktail a paste with some shine serum because the paste by itself can be a bit too mattifying, causing hair to look a little dull. But braid paste has been helpful on pretty much all hair types when braiding, leaving it shiny but giving it soft hold so the braid doesn’t slip out as you go. Basically the cocktailing of paste and serum are already done for you!

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For fine to normal hair: I like to use a pea size dab of paste to start and go back in if I need more. Put it in your palms and warm it up. Go middle to ends and then if you need any up toward the root, just use whatever is left on your hands.

For thick or coarse hair: When I braid thick hair, I usally break it up into two sections to apply paste, otherwise I feel like it gets concentrated in certain places and there’s none in other places. I break it up from ear to ear, horizontally, applying to the bottom half first and then the top half. Depending on the thickness, I would use a pea size or slightly smaller per section. Warm it up in your palms and then apply middle to ends. If you need some at the root just use whatever is remaining on your hands after you apply everywhere else.

 

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After the paste is on the hair and you’ve done your braid, like a FISHTAIL BRAID, a ROSETTE BRAID or any braid for that matter, you can now loosen it up with ease knowing that the whole thing isn’t going to slip apart as you work some texture into it. It’s just a cool, very helful product to add to your arsenal if you love braiding or if you want to learn how to be a better braider.

Do you have any favorite products for braiding?

RODARTE INSPIRED BRAID TUTORIAL

photos above (left: style.com) (right: Kristin Ess)

Earlier this year, Rodarte ruled the runway again. Every beauty site went crazy for the beautifully messy rosette braids. We wanted to do an actual tutorail on how you can get this look and make it wearable for the fall. I love that it’s a half up/half down ‘do because in colder weather, we can use the shoulder coverage for added warmth. Below is a very detailed step-by-step tutorial on how to get a wearable Rodarte-like braid along with a couple finished photos at the bottom. Here we go!

You will need: a few clear elastics, a one inch barrell curling iron, a light hold styling spray + some bobbypins that match your hair color.

  1. Start with wavy hair– natural or with a curling iron. We used a 1″ curling iron and our Everyday Waves method for this look.
  2. Create a middle part.
  3. On the left side of the part, create a basic 3 strand braid. (You can get fancy and do it french braid-style, only taking new hair from the top if you’re a champion braider!)
  4. About 4-5 inches down, tie the braid off using a clear elastic.
  5. Gently pull individual pieces as you see in the photot to create a messier looking braid.
  6. Repeat on the other side.
  7. Now join the two braids together in the back using another clear elastic.
  8. This is what the back should look like. Take a second to check it using a hand mirror. It shouldn’t be perfect, you just want to make sure you don’t see any weird bumps popping up.
  9. Right behind the place where you joined the two braids together, gently grab a strand of hair and slowly pull it out above the elastics (see photo). Spray with a light hold styling spray or thermal protectant spray.
  10. Take your 1″ barrell curling iron and create a barrell curl (start at the bottom and roll up).
  11. Release the curl and roll it back up.
  12. To make the rosette, gently pull the curl apart and give it some texture with your fingers. We twisted ours a little in the process, clockwise. Then use a small bobbypin to secure the rosette to the elastics.
  13. Create a 3 strand braid using the remaining pieces that hang down from the elastics.
  14. Gently pull and it give that braid some texture as well.

Here is what it should look like up close!

And here it is a little further away. Could be gorgeous for a wedding or just a fun night out with friends. If you try this, please tag us in a photo on instagram @thebeautydept! xo