I love a good braid. It makes such a statement, is feminine, and polished without feeling too formal. It is true that certain hair types work better than others for braids (you know who you are) but a few easy to follow steps from stylist Jaclyn Beith of 8 the Salon in Charlotte, NC, will have us all trying to twist our locks.

Rope Braid

Rope Braid

  • If you have shorter hair, pull hair into a low pony. For longer hair, pull hair into middle to high ponytail and secure with elastic.
  • Divide the ponytail into two sections.
  • Take first section with your left hand and twist clockwise, while simultaneously twisting the other section clockwise with your right hand.
  • Now, take the two sections and twist them together counter-clockwise until you look like you have a rope. You know you've done this correctly if you let go and it doesn't immediately unravel.
  • Secure end with an elastic.

 

Rope Braid

To create a rope braid bun, twist bun around base of the ponytail and secure with bobby pins. 

Rope Braid Bun

Herringbone Braid

Herringbone Braid

  • Pull into a low side ponytail and secure at base with an elastic.
  • Divide hair into two sections.
  • Take a small strand from the back of right section first and cross to the other section. Repeat on left side, taking another small section from back and crossing to the right section. Repeat back and forth until you run out of hair.
  • This is also called the two strand braid because you only have two sections to handle.

 

Herringbone Braid

For a fun look, you can distress this braid to make it more whimsical and bobby pin into a side updo.

Herringbone Braid

Herringbone Braid Updo

Dutch Braid

Dutch Braid

  • This is great braid for the young at heart. 
  • Start with a 3-inch section off your part line and create a outer French braid until you run out of hair.
  • Before securing at the bottom, gently pull at sides of braid to make braid fuller and cover more surface area.
  • Elastic the bottom and bobby pin into back for a more bohemian feel.

 

Dutch Braid

Pull Through Braid 

Pull Through Braid

  • You will need a tail comb for sectioning.
  • This one is easier than it seems.
  • Start with section parted from right temple, around the top of the head to left temple. Secure with elastic. It will look like a small half-updo.
  • Clip the ponytail up out of your way.
  • Take a slightly lower section right above the right ear all the way around to the left ear. Secure with an elastic.
  • Now, unclip the top ponytail and divide into two sections so that it falls on either side of the second ponytail. Clip up the second ponytail, in the middle, leaving the two sections on both sides.
  • Next, create another section, starting below your right ear all the way around the back of the head to your left ear, leaving only the nape out. Before securing with an elastic, pull the above divided sections into your just made ponytail and secure it all with one hair elastic.
  • Repeat exactly the same way in your nape section. Divide the previous pony tail into two sections, pulling that into your nape ponytail and securing with an elastic.
  • You should have four smaller ponytails off your head.
  • Continue this method until you run out of hair and secure at bottom with an elastic.
  • Starting at the top, gently pull on the braid working from side to side and top to bottom, pulling to create a loose and poofy braid.

 

Pull Through Braid

Pull Through Braid

Jaclyn Beith of 8 the Salon (Charlotte, NC)

Jaclyn Beith

As a North West Hair Stylist Nominee of 2014, Jaclyn Beith lived in Seattle for 16 years and now resides in Charlotte, NC, and works at 8 the salon. Classically trained in the Vidal Sassoon method of precision cutting, she has been a professional in the hair industry for over 18 years. Jaclyn believes in surrounding herself with talented people who share her passion and vision, as well as her love of pushing the creative boundaries in the industry.

Jaclyn helps organize and curate hairstyles for numerous runway shows and photo shoots, as well as hair shows. Her styles have been featured in magazines and showcased in fashion shows for various designers including Diane von Furstenberg, Donna Karen, Alexander Wang, Chanel, Tory Burch, Betsey Johnson, Jason Wu, among others. She has also created one of a kind looks for celebrities such as Vanna White, Cynthia Rowley, Melissa Stark, Josie Bissett, and Kelly McGillis.

Images by Ariana Clare, www.arianaclare.com. Model, Audra Faye Boyd. Makeup by Ann Mendelsohn of Woo (Charlotte, NC). For more information about Woo and services offered, visit www.wooskincareandcosmetics.com or call (704) 333-0443.