Try a scissor-free braided undercut
With a few tight, well-placed plaits, suddenly you’re a tough chick for the night.
Instant tough-girl cred
Wash and condition hair with nourishing products. Then mist a salt spray from midlength to the ends while your hair is damp and blow-dry hair haphazardly with a round brush to create a rough, uneven texture. Wrap random sections of hair around a tapered curling iron for subtle bends.
Starting above the arch of one eyebrow, create a deep side parting that extends from your hairline all the way to the nape of your neck. Clip the side with more hair out of the way. Focusing on the ‘undercut’ portion, take three very fine sections from the hairline close to the temple.
Begin to French-plait toward the back of your head. That means you start to make a regular three-strand braid, then add small sections of hair to each of the two outer pieces of the braid each time you weave them in and out. The tinier the sections you braid with, the tighter the plait will be to your scalp.
Finish braiding when you reach the back of the head and secure hair with a small clear elastic or one that matches your hair colour. Mist the braid with hairspray from about 20cm away, unclip the hair on the other side and tuck the end of your plait underneath it.
If you want to emphasise the undercut, tease the hair on the opposite side of your parting. Or sweep back the other side for a modern updo. To achieve Taraji P Henson’s style, divide the undercut side into five sections using a tail comb and create super thin plaits.
Taraji P Henson