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!
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.