By Melissa Magsaysay, Los Angeles Times Staff Writer

Braids of all sizes and complexity are becoming a go-to style for a sexy, bohemian look that works whether you're on the red carpet or running weekend errands. The French and fishtail styles look effortless when they're done well, but they can be slightly tricky to master. So we asked Maria Roszak of the Andy Lecompte Salon in West Hollywood and her fellow Lecompte stylist Scott Cunha for tips. "This [French] style works best on dirty hair so you can easily grab pieces without them slipping between your fingers," Cunha says. Step 1: Part your hair down the middle or side. Separate a 1-inch section at the front of the head. Step 2: Divide the inch-wide section into three roughly equal sections. MORE HAIR AND BEAUTY TIPS How to eliminate dark circles under the eyes How to apply bronzer In pursuit of a longer-lasting perfect manicure How to rock a half up, half down hairstyle Fashion and beauty news in the Image section's blog
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