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Braids are like ice cream cones—you're never too young or too old for one. They are universally loved, and there's really no place you can't have one. Well, maybe ice cream cones aren't appropriate in, say, an interview. But you get the picture. Braids are here to stay, as well they should be. They are generally easy to do, don't require a lot of fuss and can go from day to night and back to day again. That's why this week we're spotlighting a few braid styles that you may have forgotten about or never tried before. Either way, it's time to get them in the rotation!
The classic French braid is a style that never fails. Whether you're going for an unstructured, casual look with wisps of loose hair or a more sleek, sophisticated version, there's never a wrong way to wear a French braid. For a more refined style like the one featured here, it's super important to keep hair smooth and sleek. Enter the NuMe Sleeky In A Bottle Serum, formulated with Macadamia Seed Oil and Argan Oil to tame frizz and smooth and nourish hair while adding shine. After running a small amount from root to tip, you're free to braid away. Real talk: the French braid is one of the easiest braids to master and adds the perfect je ne sais quoi to your chic.
Very similar to the French braid in appearance and technique, the only difference with the Dutch braid is that it sits out from the head more than its French counterpart. It's also incredibly versatile and rather easily accomplished even with a novice skill level. It's best to start with dry hair for a polished look. Once your braid is perfectly in place, hold it in place with Hair-Fie Ready - Finishing and Shine Spray. It will set your style with a flexible hold while adding shine and never weighing your hair down. Because when you've got the perfect braid in place, you want to make sure it stays that way.
The fishtail braid tends to be the most intimidating of all the braid cousins, but rest easy! It looks more complex than it actually is. It's a perfect style for long-haired ladies, and the best part is that the messier it is, the better it looks. So starting off perfect or trying to keeping it that way can go right out the window. In fact, tutorials suggest you can create the tousled effect by rubbing the braid between your hands. It'll give you the ideal "princess who's been skipping through a field all day" vibe. With all that tousling, it's important that your hair maintains its shine and doesn't go dull. The NuMe Hottie Alert Shine Spray, made with Argan Oil, locks in moisture for that healthy, shiny glow. And what princess doesn't want to glow?
Cornrows are slightly different in that they involve rows of hair braided firmly to the head as opposed to a single braid, and they are amazing not only in their versatility but their longevity. A head of well-maintained cornrows can last for several days or weeks, meaning less time that you have to spend on your hair each day. Of course, you have to invest more time in the style initially—how much depends on how many braids you desire, but once they're in, you're free and clear. Add braiding hair for increased length or a splash of color (everything from natural hues to neon brights are available) or simply stick with your own locks to keep it au naturel. Our Argan Oil is a perfect companion for this style as it enhances shine and encourages healthy hair growth. So while your strands are safely tucked away, they'll be growing all pretty and strong.