Wedding Guest Up-do

Step One

Starting with second day hair, I used Herbal Essences Naked Dry Shampoo to refresh my hair and, more importantly, to add volume. I also used the Drybar Texas Tea Volumizing Spray to increase overall volume and add texture. This spray makes a big differnce when you pull apart your braid, but we will get to that later.

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Step Two

With a teasing brush, tease the hair at the crown. Smooth back the teased sections of hair.

Step Three

Divide your hair into three sections. Section out the hair you just teased, along with the hair along the back of your head, stopping about two inches above the nape of your neck. Braid this section of hair, secure this section with a clear elastic and leave the other two sections loose. I use the Goody Ouchless Mini Elastics most of the time, but find that these Snag-Free elastics from Sephora are a worthwhile purchase if you have thicker hair, or want to be able to re-use the elastic.

Step Four

Pull the braid to loosen it and add more texture. To pull the braid, hold onto a section of the braid about an inch below the piece you want to pull. Using just your fingertips, hold onto the exterior portion of that loop of the braid, and gently pull a section of those strands outward. Wrap the braid around into a bun and secure it with a bobby pin.

Step Five

Starting at your part, take one of the two sections left and separate a piece about an inch wide, then divide that into two. Wrap of of the sections under the other, then pull in another piece of hair, as you would do with a french braid. Continue to wrap the strands under each other, while adding in more hair, until you reach the end middle of the back of your head. Secure that section with a bobby pin or clear elastic while you repeat this step on the other side.

Step Six

Braid both sections and pull them to add texture. Once you’re done braiding those sections, wrap one of the braids around the first bun and secure with bobby pins and repeat with the other braid. Secure with a couple more bobby pins and finish with hairspray.

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