If you're the designated hairdresser of your friendship group, blessed with the ability to do French plaits, fishtail braids and pipe braids, you're about to start getting requests for the latest hair trend sweeping Instagram.
DNA braids, or helix braids, are so called because they resemble the double helix structure of a DNA molecule with two strands that wind around each other like a twisted ladder. They look as intricate as they sound – but thankfully an online video tutorial has helped demystify the process.
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Rhode Island-based hairstylist Alexandra Wilson (@alexandralee1016 on Instagram) popularised the style on social media and has made the braid accessible (to even the hair novices among us) with a super handy sped-up video, although it would probably take a while to nail the technique.
DNA BRAID TUTORIAL!!! Starting off with 3 strands, the middle one being smaller then the others as that will be a stationary strand. When taking a strand from left side you are going over that section, under the middle and adding to right side then taking a small section from right side is then brought under and then over the middle section and added to left section. Make sure your being consistent with that pattern, the braid naturally starts to twist towards left as you go down so you have to keep it tight while braiding or else it will become more difficult. Small sections are always better, they make the braid look more intricate. It’s always hard to fit a tutorial in 1 minute so I may post slower/longer one on IGTV! Happy Braiding 😀💗 . . . #behindthechair @behindthechair_com #modernsalon @modernsalon #americansalon @american_salon @hair.video #hairvideo #beyondtheponytail #beautylaunchpad #hotonbeauty @hotonbeauty @evahairofficial @hair.videos @hairvideoshow #tutorial #braids #dnabraid #hairgoals #hairofinstagram #stylistssupportingstylists #samvilla #hairinspo #hairinspo @mastersofbraids @hairvideosbystylists
To create a DNA braid, she writes on Instagram, you need to start with three strands of hair, the middle one being smaller then the others as this acts as a stationary strand.
"When taking a strand from left side you are going over that section, under the middle and adding to right side then taking a small section from right side is then brought under and then over the middle section and added to left section," she adds. Granted, it sounds complicated but it makes more sense when read in conjunction with the video.
The braid naturally starts to twist leftwards, so you have to keep the braiding tight for optimal results, Wilson says. "Small sections are always better, they make the braid look more intricate."
Judging from the posts hashtagged #dnabraids on Instagram, the style looks especially impressive on hair that's brightly or multicoloured, highlighted or balayaged, and particularly cute when styled in pigtails.