4 Kick-Ass New Ways To Braid Your Hair

By this point you've probably mastered our basic braids and are on the hunt for some nifty new 'dos to DIY. Challenge accepted! We asked DJ Quintero, a stylist at NYC's Serge Normant at John Frieda salon, to come up with four cool and creative new ways to twist up your tresses. They may look tricky, but these ingenious styles are actually quite simple — we promise you don't need an army of stylists to create them. Take a peek at our super-detailed, step-by-step guide and then recreate these cool coifs at home. Holiday party hair? Done and done.
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The Sidewinder —This genius braid gives the illusion of being complicated, but is actually super-simple.

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Start off by pulling all of your hair to one side.

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Divide hair into three sections, with two of those sections significantly smaller than the third.

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Braid hair as you normally would a three-strand braid, then secure with an elastic.

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The Braided-Up Bun — This cool style is just as gorgeous from the front as it is from the back.

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Section off a triangle of hair at the front of your head, and pull to the front. Create a center part down the back of your head, with the remaining hair, and section off one side while you work on the other.

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Flip your head upside-down and, starting at the base of your neck, take a one-inch section of hair on the outside and braid it up, section by section, continuing to pull pieces from the outside of your hair so that you have an inside-out braid.

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Continue braiding until you get to the top of your head, then clip the hair in place, leaving the ends loose. Repeat on the other side.

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Grab the two loose ends of your braids and use a small hair elastic to bind them together into a ponytail on the very top of your head.

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Twist the ponytail and wrap it up into a messy knot, pinning it in place. Unclip the front triangle of your hair and style it to your liking. Quintero suggests creating a mini-pompadour by gently pushing the hair forward and then pinning in place.

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The Fishtail Bun — This fancy updo is perfect for when you really want to wow 'em.

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Get things going by pulling all of your hair up into a high ponytail and securing with an elastic.

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Starting at the top of your head, begin creating a fishtail braid. Need a fishtail refresher course? Check out our handy tutorial.

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Once you've braided the entire ponytail, secure it with an elastic and begin pulling apart the braid to make it thicker and looser.

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Grab ahold of the end of the braid and pull it up and around the base of the ponytail, creating a bun. Pin in place with bobby pins.

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Take the ends of your braid and tuck them into the bun to hide.

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The Headband Braid — Great for girls with layered strands, or for those who just prefer to keep their hair loose. It's like you're creating a built-in hair accessory!

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Start off by creating a deep side part. Section out three one-inch strands of hair and, starting about two inches from your hairline, begin to braid.

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Keep pulling more hair into the braid as you go, until you get to your temples, then finish off the braid and secure with an elastic.

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Use your fingers to gently pull apart the braid and loosen it. Repeat on the other side.

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Pull the two braids together at the back of your head and secure them together with a hair elastic. Pull a one-inch section of loose hair from the back of your head and pull it up and over the braid to hide the elastic. Spray hair with a shine spray (we like Serge Normant Meta Sheer Dry Oil Finishing Spray) to add polish and get rid of frizz.

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