French braid

Step 3: Start braiding. Alternately pull each outer section under the center one, rather than over. Braid each piece one time to create an "anchor" at the scalp. Step 4: Then, each time you pass an outer section under the center, pick up small strands from the hair just outside the section and pull them into the braid as you go — that holds the braid close to the head. Keep it as tight as possible to avoid a loose or buckled look. Angle down so that the braid starts to follow the natural shape of the head. 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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