A Braid For The Rebel Princess In You

PHOTOGRAPHED BY NADYA WASYLKO.
The fairytale princesses of mainstream media seem to all have one thing in common — long, pretty, and oh-so-perfect hair. But back in the real world, we prefer our styles with some edge. Sebastian Professional hairstylist Omar Antonio created this roughed-up take on the extra-long romantic braid we know and love, and spilled his expert tips on how to get the look at home.

First, we should explain that the style's not actually a braid (those with clumsy fingers can rejoice). It's a segmented ponytail broken up with several hair ties, creating a braid-like effect. To get the look, apply a quarter-sized amount of texturizing gel to damp hair and blowdry it in for a gritty feel that'll hold your style. Once your hair is dry, tie it into a low ponytail at the base of your head. As you twist your elastic around your pony one final time, leave a loop of hair sticking out. Add another elastic directly below this loop and repeat. Continue the process down the length of your ponytail, alternating the side from which you form your loop until you reach the end. You can then use your fingers to loosen and spread each loop apart, adding volume.

PHOTOGRAPHED BY NADYA WASYLKO.
Hold everything in place with a strong-hold hairspray, like Sebastian Professional Shaper Fierce Hairspray. Antonio suggests spritzing a halo of mist about 12 inches from your head for a softer, more natural finish. Don't have super-long hair? You can easily create the look by adding a few clip-in hair extensions. How's that for a fairytale dream come true?
Cushnie et Ochs top, & Other Stories earrings, Catbird stud earring.

Okay, so you're up on all the latest hair trends. But, truth be told, they can be difficult to DIY if you don't have access to a professional 24/7. Don't let that deter you. In our new series, Hairstyle Files, we're bringing you expert tips straight from the pros at Sebastian Professional, so you can create bold, of-the-moment hairstyles in the comfort of your own home. With new looks added each month, return again and again to keep your hair game strong.


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