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Bow Braids

THE LOOK

Wow your friends with these stunning bow braids. You can integrate the bow braid into almost any style with a French or lace braid technique. This braid is suitable for all hair lengths and layered hair, but works best in straight hair. Make sure to have your answers at the ready though, because everyone will be asking how you did your hair!

DIFFICULTY LEVEL

Hard

IDEAL HAIR LENGTH

Medium to long

HAIR EXTENSIONS NEEDED?

No

ASSISTANCE NEEDED?

Yes

ACCESSORIES

Your hair provides the bows for this style, so there’s no need to add any further adornments.

TRY THIS

There are so many ways to use this bow technique in braids and upstyles. Wherever you can do a French braid, you can transform it into bow braids. Simply leave a slim section of hair loose along the edge of your French braid to form the bows. You can try a bow-braided headband, diagonal braid, or bow-braided pigtails.

Top and bottom : Hairstyling, photography, and modeling by Mindy McKnight.

HOW TO GET IT BOW BRAIDS

WHAT YOU NEED

  • Brush
  • Fine comb
  • Hairspray or pomade
  • Hairpin
  • Hair elastics

1). Begin by braiding a section of your hair. You can use an angel braid or a French braid. Leave a 1⁄2-inch section of hair loose, adjacent to your braid, to create the bow.

2). Take a small piece of hair from the 1⁄2-inch section and circle it around your finger to create a loop. Place your hairpin, closed end first, through a section of your braid.

3). Thread the loop of hair through the end of your hairpin and take the loop of hair with your left hand while gently pulling the hairpin back through your braid with your right hand.

4). As you bring the hairpin back out of your braid, it will create the other half of the bow. Gently pull the hairpin until you like the look of the second loop and then remove it from your hair. You should now have one completed bow that runs through the braid.

5). Repeat steps 2 to 4 all the way down your braid to create the bows until you run out of hair.

TOP TIP : Depending on the length of your hair, you may have some leftover hair trailing out after making each bow. You can either combine this tail sectio of hair with the next piece or leave it laying alongside the braid. The next bow loop will cover the loose pieces, so they won’t be so obvious.

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