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5 Braids You HAVEN'T Seen Yet

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    BRAIDS

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    We're going to be bad beauty editors for a moment and make a confession: We thought braids were on their way out. After all, there are only so many ways you can twist, part, or plait your hair — despite what Pinterest may lead you to believe. The thing is, we love braids anyway, and if we want a new style, we're going to find one, dammit. 

    Find it we did — five of them to be exact. With the help of hairstylist Deborah Brider (who BTW can plait a whole head faster than anyone we've ever seen), we turned fishtails and reverse Frenches inside out and upside down. The secret? The hairstyles aren't about the braids themselves, rather the texture surrounding them. Brider used products from the TRESemmé Perfectly (un)Done collection to show what next-level style looks like and how to achieve it yourself in just a few easy steps.

    And, because we love you oh-so much, we're pairing these braided 'dos with their clothing counterparts — pieces that can be added to any ol' outfit you have in your closet to make it look brand spanking new. See? We're not so bad after all.



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    A Reason To Pick Up Macramé
    You know that threaded bracelet technique you spent your childhood perfecting at summer camp? Those hours weren't spent in vain. This woven braid blends right in with the rest of your tresses in a way that says, "What this? I (expertly) did it on my morning commute."

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    Whether your hair is damp or dry, first spray a texturizing product, like TRESemmé Perfectly (un)Done Sea Salt Spray, all over. Next, do a rough blowdry. FYI, this isn't your regular blowout. You don't need any round brushes or slow, methodical techniques — get in, get out. Then, create a deep side-part.

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    On the side with more hair, grab a 2- to 3-inch-wide section from the front. Bring the section back above your ear, letting your hair swoop loosely in front of your face, and pin in place. You can also use a curling iron to create the wave before pinning. Then, split the rest of the section into two. Start twisting to the bottom, adding in more hair as you twist, and secure with an elastic.

    Bold color (cobalt is universally flattering) makes your neutrals look new again, whether you're incorporating it in small doses or just diving right in. With this tousled hairstyle, look for more structured pieces to provide balance.

    Banana Republic shoes, Selin Kent rings, H&M rings.

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    Perfect Is Overrated
    Cowlicks — we hate them when they're accidental but love them when they're purposeful. So, if you've been battling to tame them — and the rest of your bedhead — with an arsenal of products, it's time to lay off. Rumpled tresses and unruly bangs are merely traction for an un-boring hairstyle.

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    Start by dividing your hair into three sections — one at the top of your head (pull from the highest point of each eyebrow) and one on each side of your head. Clip up the top section to deal with later, and focus on the sides first. Loosely French braid each of the side sections, adding in more hair as you go to achieve a thicker look. Then, tease the top section of your hair to build up volume. Roll the ends of this section around your fingers like you would a curling iron, and pin it into place at your crown.

    Catbird bracelet and rings, Wouters & Hendrix rings, Stanmore rings.