Summer Braid DIY

Looking for quick, cool hairstyles that can be casual or dressy? Look no further. This How-To guide makes two different summer braids simple, and creates an effortless, feminine look in minutes. You’ll be ready for your selfie in no time.

The Fishtail Braid

1. Start by gathering your hair to the side and dividing it into two sections. (This is instead of three sections, like you would for a regular braid.)

2. Hold both sections in one hand, separated by your pointer finger, and use your other hand to grab a small piece from the outside of one section.

3. Pull the strands over to the other half, and then take a piece from the outside of that section and braid the opposite way. Imagine that you’re doing a typical braid, except the moving pieces are tiny.

4. Keep going until you’ve just about reached the end and finish it with a clear elastic. It’s even better if it’s messy, so pull out some strands and stretch out the braid for an intentionally undone look.

The Crown Braid

1. Part your hair in the middle, then separate into two sections. Secure one side while you work with the other, so they don’t get mixed up.

2. Take the loose side and start at the nape of the neck, splitting it into three strands.

3. Do an ‘inside-out’ French braid or Dutch Braid, crossing the strands underneath each other instead of over. Work your way around the side of the head, keeping the braid fairly tight.

4. Work across the top of the forehead until you finish the braid, and secure the end with an elastic. Just let it hang until you complete the other side.

5. With the opposite side, you start at the TOP of the head, instead of the bottom. Split it into three parts and do the same inside-out braid you did before, but work around the side of the head, finishing near the nape.

6. With each braid tied with an elastic, you can secure them with Bobbi pins to keep them in place, and tuck the tails underneath the other braid to hide them. It should look like a “crown” of braids. Finish with a bit of hairspray.