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Heidi Braids

THE LOOK

Leave Heidi behind frolicking in the Swiss Alpine meadows! The sweet, girlish charm of this braided style is easily updated to a modern, wearable look. Best in long hair, Heidi braids are formed by making low pigtails and pinning the braids up and over to form a kind of headband. Pulling at the sides of the braids encourages your hair’s natural texture and makes this hairstyle look even more modern.

DIFFICULTY LEVEL

Medium

IDEAL HAIR LENGTH

Long

HAIR EXTENSIONS NEEDED?

No

ASSISTANCE NEEDED?

No

ACCESSORIES

Heidi braids look beautiful accessorized with a scarf or ribbon. To do this, incorporate a scarf as one section of the braid and connect it across the back of your head to the other braid. You can also weave a ribbon through the finished style for added color.

TRY THIS

A center part is the classic look for this braid, but try varying the style with a side part or zigzag part. Instead of a regular braid, try a fishtail braid to create an intricate, on-trend look.

Hairstyling, photography, and modeling by Emily M. Meyers/The Freckled Fox.

HOW TO GET IT HEIDI BRAIDS

WHAT YOU NEED

  • Comb
  • 2 clear hair elastics
  • Bobby pins

1). Using a comb, part your hair down the center from your forehead to the nape of your neck to create two equal sections.

2). Take the first section, split it into three equal sections, and make a basic braid, starting just behind your ear. Secure the end of your braid with a clear elastic.

3). Repeat, braiding the section on the other side.

4). Holding the start of your braid with one hand, pull the end of one braid up and over the top of your head. Pin in place with bobby pins.

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5). Repeat with the second braid. Tuck the ends of both braids underneath each other, and secure with bobby pins. Place a couple of pins through both braids to join them together, and also pin the to the hair below so the style holds.

TOP TIP : When you are braiding, pull your hair down and slightly forward to keep it taut. This way, when you pull the braids up and over your head, you won’t have too much loose hair at the back. Don’t forget the braids are going up and over the top of your head, not down like most braids.

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