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How to create an alternabraid

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Create your own side braid

Are you looking for an easy and chic hairstyle you can pull together yourself? Abby from Twist Me Pretty has a solution! She’s going to share with you hairstyle she calls the alternative braid.
Create your own side braid

How to...
Create a
side braid

Are you looking for an easy and chic hairstyle you can pull together yourself? Abby from Twist Me Pretty has a solution! She’s going to share with you a hairstyle she calls the alternative braid.

1

Curl hair

Create your own side braid

Curl your hair with a curling iron. We don't care so much about the curls here as we do the texture the curls create. Once your hair is curled, tease the roots just a bit to add some volume.

2

Pull to side

Create your own side braid

Pull all your hair to one side. Either side works — whichever looks best on you.

3

Start the twist

Create your own side braid

Split your hair into two sections and twist both sections of hair toward each other with your fingers.

4

Switch hands

Create your own side braid

Place the two sections of hair you've just rolled into your non-dominant hand.

5

Split the twists

Create your own side braid

Take the pointer finger of your dominant hand and wiggle it through the two sections of rolled hair. The pointer finger works easiest for most ladies.

6

Split, wiggle and twist

Create your own side braid

Use that pointer finger as the guide to split the hair into two new sections. Repeat these steps until you get to the end of your hair. Now, split, wiggle and twist!

7

Tug and loosen

Create your own side braid

This is the step where the magic happens. You're going to tug and loosen those strands of hair with your dominant hand while you're holding the ends of your braid with your non-dominant hand. This is where you will pull your own creativity into the style. The shape of your braid is completely up to you depending on how and where you tug on the pieces of your braid. Just keep in mind — the more you tug on your braid, the thicker it will be — but the faster it will fall out.

8

Tie off the braid

Create your own side braid

Tie off your braid with a clear elastic.

9

Grab loose locks

Create your own side braid

This step is completely optional. If you end up pulling out too many pieces and your braid starts looking too loose near the nape of your neck, you can grab a small section of hair from the front and a small section of hair from the back, as shown in the picture.

10

Secure

Create your own side braid

You're then going to fold those two sections into each other and secure the strands with a bobby pin. Again, the last two steps are optional!

The final look

Create your own side braid

If these steps are a little bit confusing, have no fear — you can watch Abby's video tutorial here. Check out more of her styles from her blog, Twist Me Pretty.

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