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How to: Style an Upside-Down French Braid
Fri, 23 November 2012 3:02PM
We’ve been obsessed with the upside-down French braid ever since we spotted it in a recent issue of Allure:
image: Regan Cameron/Allure
So we asked our intern Lucy, who has a rather handy background as a trained hairstylist, to help guide us through a how-to.
Before we begin, Lucy’s disclaimer: “This look is actually best when relaxed and dishevelled, as this plays up a textured feel. So don’t stress if it’s a little loose. Also, while it helps to have someone on hand to braid for you, it is possible to DIY – you just might need to practise a few times to get the hang of it!”
Ready to try it? Walk this way …
Step One: Take a section across the back of the head from ear to ear. Secure with a slide clip.
Step Two: Flip your head upside down and, starting at the nape, begin to loosely French-braid the lower section, making sure you are weaving all of the hair in this section into the braid. Once you find yourself plaiting the ends only (and not the sides), you have braided enough. (Need a refresher on how to actually French-braid? Click here).
Step Three: Holding your braid with one hand, use the other to unclip the top section and finger-rake it into a high pony. Now bring the braided section to meet it, in a topknot-like ponytail and flip your head back up (see image below). Take a paddle brush and gently smooth the surface of hair. Then tie everything up into a high pony.
Step Four: Begin to twist the ends of the pony around the elastic, until a bun starts to form. Secure with bobby pins and medium-hold hairspray. Optional: add a pretty ribbon or clip. And you should look something like …
What do you think, Primpers? Tempted to try it out?
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