Mas­ter the ba­sic three-strand plait

Don’t even know where to be­gin with this plait trend? Read on. This is the most ba­sic of braids – and it’s su­per easy!

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Ace the be­gin­ner braid

1 Mist damp hair all over with shine spray and blow-dry on low heat un­til hair is about 80% dry. Now brush it gen­tly with a boar-bris­tle brush as you dry. “This helps the shine spray soak into the hair so it’s shiny but doesn’t look oily,” ex­plains hair­styl­ist Nathaniel Hawkins. 2 Part your hair down the mid­dle and di­vide the lengths into three equal sec­tions. If your hair is lay­ered, run a light styling cream through each sec­tion – this will keep all those bits and pieces from pop­ping out later. Rub only a R2-coin-sized amount be­tween your hands and work through the ends. 3 This is the re­ally im­por­tant step to help you: pull the mid­dle sec­tion into a pony­tail at the nape of your neck and se­cure it with a clear elas­tic. Then loosely crisscross the left and right sec­tions over the cen­tre be­fore you start your braid. “That cross­over is what makes this par­tic­u­lar braid so beau­ti­ful,” says Nathaniel. 4 Braid the hair straight down – but in­stead of cross­ing the sec­tions over each other, cross them un­der each other. Put the right sec­tion un­der the cen­tre, the left sec­tion un­der that, and so on. Tie off the braid with an elas­tic about 10cm from the ends. 5 Fin­ish with a light layer of shine spray all over the braid. Then spritz a medium-hold hair­spray onto one hand, rub your hands to­gether and smooth down fly­aways along your hair­line for a sleek, pol­ished look. If you pre­fer soft­ness, pull a few face-fram­ing strands loose.

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