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Grecian Braid

THE LOOK

Inspired by classics from the silver screen, this beautiful braid pays tribute to the elegance and simplicity of the ancient Greeks. You’ll form this hairstyle by French braiding in a ring following your hairline, beginning at your right ear and braiding over your forehead, following your hairline until you run out of hair. Wear this braid in the sunshine—it’s perfect for picnics, the beach, festivals . . . and toga parties!

DIFFICULTY LEVEL

Hard

IDEAL HAIR LENGTH

Medium to long

HAIR EXTENSIONS NEEDED?

No

ASSISTANCE NEEDED?

Yes, but you can do this in your own hair with practice.

ACCESSORIES

This eye-catching braid doesn’t need any additional hair accessories, but focus on other items, such as earrings or a necklace, to complement your hair.

TRY THIS

If your hair is very long, you can complete this look by winding the braid into a bun and pinning it at the back of your head. If you have shorter hair, keep the braid nearer your crown and you should be able to go full circle with the hair you have. This should also help the braid stay secure.

Top : Hairstyling and photography by Christina Butcher, modeling by Elly Hanson.
Bottom left : Hairstyling by Christina Butcher, photography by Xiaohan Shen, modeling by
Teru Morihira.
Bottom right : Hairstyling, photography, and modeling by Christina Butcher.

HOW TO GET IT GRECIAN BRAID

WHAT YOU NEED

  • Brush or comb
  • Hair elastic
  • Bobby pins and/ or hairpins

1). Take a section of hair above your right ear and split it into three.

2). Begin to French braid, adding in hair from both your hairline and from the crown behind. If you’re left-handed, start at the top of your left ear and work round in the opposite direction to the instructions here. Using your stronger hand will help you make a neater braid.

3). Braid across your forehead and behind your left ear. As you reach the back of your left ear, keep following your hands around, keeping tension in the braid. Follow your hairline around the back of your head. By the time you reach the bottom right-hand side of your neck, you’ll have added in all your hair.

4). Finish in a regular braid and secure with a small clear elastic.

5). Stretch out the braid, tuck the end under the start of the braid behind your right ear, and pin in place with bobby pins.

TOP TIP : If you like to have a little bit of height in the hair around your face, sit this braid about an inch back from your hairline. You can then gently stretch the braid out to adjust how your hair sits at the front. Use hairpins to pin the braid in place if you have long or thick hair.

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