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Braids for Long Hair

Long hair can be braided in many different ways to make it look fashionable and chic. This article provides some easy, do-at-home braiding styles that you can try out.
Braids are something that many of us stopped wearing after school. They are considered as boring by many women. However, when done right and styled well, they look very elegant and fashionable. And if you have long hair, you will definitely find a style suitable for you, be it a fishtail braid or a french braid. Given below are some braid hairstyles that you can try out if you have long hair.

Classic Braid with Side Part
To make this braid look edgy and modern, you need to style it differently. First, shampoo and condition your hair with a volumizing shampoo and shine enhancing conditioner. Blow dry it straight, and create a deep side parting to the left. Now, gather your hair to the right, at the nape of your neck, and tie it into a low ponytail. Next, make three equal sections of the ponytail, and start braiding. When you reach the end of the braid, secure it with an elastic band. Using a fine-toothed comb, release a few tendrils of hair from the braid to give it a slightly messy and undone look. Spritz it with hairspray, and your hairstyle is done.

Messy Side Braid
This braid style looks very cool. To create it, shampoo and condition your hair, first. Then, air dry it, and apply a coin sized amount of mousse to the crown of your head. Create a side parting that is not too severe, and brush your hair to remove any knots and tangles. If you have bangs, then blow dry them to the left side. Gather your hair to the right and make a fishtail braid or herringbone braid. You need not be too perfect with the braiding, as the whole idea is to make it look cool and casual. Secure it with an elastic band. The remaining hair at the sides of your face can be curled with a wide barreled curling iron to create loose curls. Give a spritz of hairspray to the braid to set it.

French Braid Updo
To create this look, first shampoo and condition your hair with an anti-frizz shampoo and conditioner. While the hair is still damp, apply a bit of volumizing mousse through the strands. Now, using a wide toothed comb, remove any knots and tangles from your hair, and part it to a side. Create two French braids that start from the hairline and go all the way to the back of your head. Secure them both with elastic bands. Now, bring the braids towards the nape of your neck, and twist them together to form a chignon. Secure it with bobby pins or hair clips. You can also use a bejeweled comb to make the style more glamorous.

Braided Headband
To create this style, first blow dry your hair, straight, using a blow dryer and paddle brush. Next, create a side part and make two inch wide braids, starting from the crown of your head on either side of the parting. Secure both the braids with elastic bands, and pull them towards the back of your head. Twist them together, and secure them with a hair clip or bobby pins. Mist your hair with hairspray to set it.

These braids are not very difficult to create, and simply require the right styling products. Try these fun braid hairstyles for a trendy and chic look.
By Rimlee Bhuyan
Published: 2/16/2011
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