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3 Fresh Braids For Any Skill Level

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    As beauty trends have evolved, our hair has really taken one for the team. There was the period where we fried our hair into stick-straight oblivion (oops), months we wore nothing but messy topknots, and don't get us started on all the bottles of crunchy gel we slicked on. But one hairstyle has remained a constant — and for good reason. Yep, we're talking about braids.

    No matter how much time goes by, braids are always cool. They rule the runways, populate our Instagram feeds, and make us want to up our skill set year after year. That's not to say there's nothing new to see here. We teamed up with expert hairstylist Charlie Taylor and the place we consider our second home, Sephora, to bring you three fresh braids for every skill level. Whether you're all about the simple three-strand or have since graduated to Dutch and inside-out braids (don't fret; we'll explain), you'll find new inspiration here.





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    Peekaboo Braids
    Skill Level: Easy

    If your braid skills start and stop at three-strand plaits, add visual interest by pairing them with messy-on-purpose texture.

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    Next, create 2- to 3-inch sections of hair from the top of your ears toward your face on each side. These sections will be your peekaboo braids.

    For a bit of contrast to your beachy waves, Taylor recommends using a fine-tooth comb and a spritz of water to smooth down the tops of these two sections only.

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    Starting just above your ear, tightly braid to the end of each section. Tie off with clear elastics.

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    If you're a bit volume-challenged (or you're in the "big hair don't care" spirit), finish with more texturizing spray. Otherwise, shake out those waves.