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Slide-Up Braid

THE LOOK

This braid looks complicated, but if you can do a basic braid, you’ll be able to master the slide-up braid with ease. For this style you’ll hold one piece of the braid and slide the other two sections. The slide-up braid is also known as a snake braid because it gives the effect of the braid weaving its way along a single section of hair—just like a snake weaves around a branch! This elaboratelooking braid is good for any occasion, formal or informal, work or play.

DIFFICULTY LEVEL

Easy

IDEAL HAIR LENGTH

Medium to long

HAIR EXTENSIONS NEEDED?

No

ASSISTANCE NEEDED?

No

ACCESSORIES

Add your favorite clips or barrettes for a beautiful finish.

TRY THIS

Use the slide-up technique in any hairstyle where you can do a basic braid, such as a side braid  or crowning braid.

Top : Hairstyling and photography by Christina Butcher, modeling by Ashleigh Forster.
Bottom : Hairstyling by Christina Butcher, photography by Xiaohan Shen, modeling by Dorothy Jean Joly.

HOW TO GET IT SLIDE-UP BRAID

1). Brush your hair and section off a piece for your braid.

2). Split the section into three equal pieces and do a basic braid all the way down to the end.

3). Take the end of your braid and hold one piece (it doesn’t matter which one) with one hand and slide the other two sections up with your other hand.

4). The braid will gather and bunch initially, but pull each turn of the braid up along the central section to even it out.

5). Adjust the braid all the way up to sit evenly, and secure the end with a clear elastic.

TOP TIP

Don’t be scared to slide the braid right up, as you can always adjust it back down and make it more evenly spaced. Don’t braid too tightly, as this will make it harder to slide the braid up.

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