The following looks are from Sasha Coefield’s (creator of the popular beauty and fashion YouTube Channel AskSash88) new book where she shares her braiding secrets in DIY Braids: From Crowns to Fishtails, Easy, Step-by-Step Hair BraidingInstructions (Adams Media, December 2013).
Coefield features a ton of great hairstyles that are really easy to achieve (I learned how to create my first fishtail braid from the book!). Here are two of my favorite styles that would be great for Valentine’s Day!
1. Dutch Braided Spiral
Step 1: Divide the hair at the front of your head into three sections. Make sure to use medium-size sections when braiding since his hairstyle looks best with a bigger chunkier braid.
Step 2: Start Dutch Braiding by taking the section of hair on the right and putting it under the middle section. Then take the section on the left and cross it underneath the section in the middle. As you continue braiding towards the back of your head, make sure to add new sections of hair to both your left and right strands.
Step 3: After all hair has been incorporated into the Dutch braid and you have braid all the way down to the ends of your his, secure the braid with an elastic.
Step 4: Tug lightly on each part of the braid to make it appear wider and more flared out.
Step 5: Take your braid and form a spiral at the back of your head.
Step 6: Tuck the unbraided ends of your braid into the spiral.
Step 7: Secure the spiral with bobby pins.
2. Triple Fishtail
Step 1: Divide all of your hair into three sections.
Step 2: Move the two outmost sections in front of your shoulders, so that you can focus on braiding the middle section. Divide this section in half.
Step 3: Begin fishtail braiding it by taking a very small piece of hair from the right section and brining it over to the left section. Then take a small piece of hair from the section on the left and bring it over to the right section. Continue fishtail braiding until you reach the ends of your hair, then secure the braid with an elastic.
Step 4: Once you have finished the middle Fishtail Braid, repeat the previous step with the left section of hair.
Step 5: Once you have finished the second Fishtail Braid, repeat Step 3 with the remaining section of hair.
Step 6: Take the braids you just created and treat them as you would if they were strands in a Regular Three Stranded Braid. Cross the right Fishtail Braid over the middle one and then the left Fishtail braid over the middle one.
Step 7: Continue this three-stranded braiding technique until you reach the ends of the braids.
Step 8: Secure the braids together with an elastic.
Walah! For more unique braided hairstyles by Sasha Coefield click here.