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Half-Up Heart Braid

Wear your heart in your hair with this romantic braid, a clear favorite for a special anniversary or a Valentine’s Day dinner. Braiding shapes into your hair can be great fun, and they add  an extra dimension to ordinary braided styles. After you’ve mastered this heart shape, why not try some shape ideas of your own?

DIFFICULTY LEVEL

Medium

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

Your hair forms the focus in this hairstyle, so no adornments are needed.

TRY THIS

You can create a heart in your hair wherever you can make two braids, such as at the side of your head. This hairstyle also looks great when you braid two hearts next to each other.

Top : Hairstyling, photography, and modeling by Mindy McKnight.
Bottom : Hairstyling, photography, and modeling by Christina Butcher.

WHAT YOU NEED

  • Brush
  • Small clear hair elastics
  • Bobby pins

HOW TO GET IT HALF-UP HEART BRAID

1). Brush your hair and section off the top half of your hair. Split into two equal sections.

2). Braid each section using the basic braid technique and secure the ends with small clear elastics.

3). Loop the left-hand braid up and around to form the top of the heart. Pin in place with bobby pins.

4). Repeat with the right-hand braid, coiling it around to form the top of the heart. Use bobby pins to secure it in place.

5). You can finish either in a ponytail by removing the elastics from the ends of each braid and securing them together with one elastic, or by folding the tails of each braid up to form the point of the heart. Tuck in any loose ends and pin in place with bobby pins.

TOP TIP : Use clear elastics or elastics that match  your hair color, as they will be less conspicuous in the heart shape. If you have very long hair, the braids can be folded in half before forming the heart.

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