Ah, the braid. You can't scroll through Pinterest without seeing at least six dozen tutorials: fishtails, milkmaids, Dutch, French. Our big issue? No matter how many times we attempt these "oh-so-simple" how-tos, we can't get our fingers to weave the styles we want.
So, what do we do when our braiding skills need all the help they can get? We practice until our plaits are perfect — and call in the pros for backup. To help us in our quest, we tapped Mia Santiago, a stylist at Sally Hershberger Uptown
. Then, we asked five of our staffers to give their dream braids their best college try.
By the end of the day, we walked away with more knowledge on the topic than you could ever ask for. Click through to correct your braiding mistakes. If we could do it, so can you — pinky-promise.
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Photographed by Alexandra R. Gavillet; Hair by Mia Santiago