We keep doing these kickass braids for our weekly Cosmo beauty tutorial series (seriously ooh and aaah worthy). And even though I work in the beauty industry and am well aware of the trends, I honestly don’t think I’ve done one on myself since grade school. So when The New Braiding Handbook landed on my desk, I took it as a sign and gathered up some hair accessories.
I then cracked it open at random and there before me was the side fishtail. A Cosmopolitan.com reader FAVORITE, mind you. So cosmic.
The step-by-step photos along with the numbered instructions made it seem pretty simple. Easy, breezy if you will. But the girl featured had pin-straight hair and it appeared to be one length (long). My mane, on the other hand, had been air-dried with a drop of serum – so wild and wavy not to mention carved into with tons of layers. I was starting at a major disadvantage but wasn’t about to walk away from a (self-imposed) beauty challenge.
I started by pulling my hair into a secure ponytail, and made my only deviation from the featured steps – I did not have a clear elastic I could later cut off so I used a bungee band that I could unclip at the end.
I then did my best to fishtail despite obvious texture troubles.
Loose ends sprouted out and face-framing layers had to be clipped back but, more or less, I nailed it.
Just kidding. It was kind of a hot mess. Until that is, I followed the last step which was to “pancake” the braid. Basically you pull the hair apart width-wide to deconstruct the look a bit. And then I liked it. Embracing the imperfections. For realz.
More braids to come?? You better believe it.
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