Dot star confetti onto your skin with a tiny dab of eyelash glue.
1Brushyour hair straight back. Take a big section and divide into an upper and lower part.
2Tieeach section into two ponytails that sit just below each other.
3Dividethe upper ponytail in half and pull the lower ponytail through the middle of the strands.
4Pinthe single ponytail to your head with a hair clamp (as shown) or else get your model to hold it down.
5Takethe two parts and add hair from the sides. Keep assembling until you have one thick strand.
6Repeatsteps three to five until you reach the neck and all hair has been added.
7Continueall the way down without adding hair. No need for an elastic at each section – it will hold.
8Pullon the outside of the braid to make it look bigger. This will also help conceal all of the elastic bands inside.
This is probably one of the prettiest braids ever. The small loops and knots make this style unique, and give it a romantic and whimsical feel. Although the technique is challenging to grasp, the results are absolutely worth it.
Difficult Bobby pins, hairspray 10 minutes
1Brushyour hair straight back. Take the top section of hair and divide it in half.
2Takea strand from the right of the section, cross it over the right half and under the left.
3Takea strand from the far left side and cross it under the strand, over the left and under the right. Have your model hold it.
4Addthe strand your model is holding to the section closest to it.
5Continuesteps three to seven all the way down to the neck or until there is no more hair to add. Tie.
6Takea small strand of hair and wrap it around the elastic so that it covers it. Fasten the strand with a few bobby pins.
Danish teens Laura Kristine Arnesen and Marie Moesgaard Wivel became an Instagram sensation in 2013. In their second book, Favourite Braids (Tafelberg Publishers; R180), the authors take their plaiting skills to the next level and show off their easy, heat-free curling techniques and tricks, three of which are featured here.