This is the perfect style to rock if you’re hanging out by the shore, since the salty air will give your strands great texture for braiding. Fake that beachy texture by misting a sea-salt spray through damp strands. Divide your hair in half, and hold the left side in your left hand and right side in your right hand. Pull a half-inch section of hair from the outside of the right side and add it to the inside of the left side. Repeat with a piece from the outside of the left side, adding it to the inside of the right side. Continue adding half-inch pieces down to your ends, and secure with an elastic. Position the braid over your shoulder, then tug out a few pieces around your face for a breezy effect (or just let the wind do its thing).
Make a low side ponytail, leaving a few pieces loose around your face. Twist the length of your ponytail, and wrap it into a figure-eight shape — smoosh it up against your scalp, and tuck the ends into the loop. Insert a few hairpins or tiny barrettes to lock it all in place.
If you just dunked your head in water (from the ocean, the pool, or your tub), you can do this style in two seconds, no blow-drying necessary. Wrap medium-size sections into loose coils all around your head. Gather everything to one side, and let your strands air-dry on their own. Keep your hair in position by crisscrossing a few bobby pins at the nape of your neck. When you’re ready to loosen up, shake out your coils into softer, more touchable waves.
Use a comb to tease strands around the crown to build volume. Make a side part, and sweep back the top half of your hair. Push the section up slightly to form a small bump before securing with bobby pins. Brush strands to smooth out weird pieces, but don’t make it perfect.
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