How to use jewelry to make your braids look even cooler

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allure logo In case you haven’t noticed, hair accessories are back in a major way. I don’t mean butterfly clips or those metal snap clips with a weak coat of paint that inevitably seems to chip off after a couple of uses. I’m talking elegant barrettes in gold and silver, beaded-flower headbands, and geometric bobby pins with color blocking. It’s basically a free-for-all for hair goodies right now, and the easiest way to showcase your favorites without feeling like a Limited Too baby is with a braid.

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This little side braid is ridiculously easy to create, and better yet, works on every single hair length, type, and texture. Here’s how to create it:

1. Spray the hell out of your hair with texturizing spray until it has a ton of grip and volume.

2. Starting above the arch of one of your brows, make a deep side part that extends from your hairline all the way to the nape of your neck. Clip the side with more hair out of the way.

3. Focusing on the undercut—i.e., the side with less hair on it—create a reverse French braid (basically the same thing as a standard French braid, except you cross the hairs under, rather than over, as you braid, which gives you a popped-out, 3-D look). Braid all the way to the end of the section and secure with a clear elastic.

4. Now decorate. I like these Chloe and Isabel Crystal Fan Pins, which I saw sitting on a coworker’s desk and promptly stole for this picture. If you don’t have a decked-out office, though, grab a few colored bobby pins and crisscross them throughout the length of the braid for an amped-up finish.

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By Chloe Metzger for Allure
This post originally appeared on Allure

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