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HOW TO: THE ELSA BRAID

Sometimes the fountain of style inspiration can start to run dry and we find ourselves in a hair rut, creating the same tired looks on a daily basis. We reached out to Paul Mitchell Artistic Team member and stylist extraordinaire Amy Russell to craft a beautiful style to help inspire you this season.

The Elsa braid

Elsa 2

MUST HAVE PRODUCTS:

Step 1: Prep towel-dried hair with the Awapuhi Wild Ginger Texturizing Sea Spray to add extra texture and body to the hair and use the Neuro Dry to blow dry.

Step 2: Create a side part and remove a fringe section from the hairline and leave this to one side. Pull half of your hair into a ponytail and tie with an elastic. Take a strand of hair from the length of the ponytail, wrap it around the base of the style to hide the elastic and secure it discretely with a pin.

Step 3: Now you can start the three-strand inverted scalp braid! This is essentially the same as a normal French plait but passing hair from the outside under the centre, instead of over. 

Step 4: Start by taking 3 sections of hair from the ponytail. Pass the hair on the left under the middle section of hair and then pass the hair on the right under the middle section.

Step 5: Now you can start adding in hair to the braid. Before passing the left strand of hair under the middle, add a piece of hair from the remaining loose hair. 

Step 6: Do the same on the right side and continue working all the way down until you have added all the loose hair to the ponytail and secure the finished braid with a clear elastic.

Step 7: Expand the braid by lightly pulling on each strand and set the braid with Stay Strong. This buildable hairspray dries instantly so you can use it while you style and it will ensure you get long lasting hold.

Step 8: Finally pin the fringe section you created earlier where desired to complement the face.

      - Voila!

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