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Get Her Look

By Rebekah McCann of OrangeOlive Gallery | Photography by Christi Falls Photography

Posted: Monday, Aug. 26, 2013

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As brides—and their bridesmaids—stray away from stiff, formal looks, the options are endless for soft and romantic hairstyles. Rebekah McCann of OrangeOlive Hair Gallery created this flowy, natural look for our bridal party feature and broke it down for us step-by-step. —CW

What You’ll Need:
Curling Iron
Comb
Elastic Hair Band
Davines Hairspray
Bobby Pins

• Step 1: Start by curling your hair using a curling iron or styling wand. Pull hair from the back and gather it on the side as if you were doing a side ponytail, while leaving curled pieces out in the front for the 'loose braid' appearance. Then divide the hair into two equal sections, separating the front curls out of your way.

• Step 2: Spray both sections with a mist of Davines hairspray.

• Step 3: Separate a section of hair from the outside edge toward the underside of the left section of hair.

TIP: The fishtail braid looks best when you use thin strips of hair.

• Step 4: Pull the section of hair from the left side across the top of the hair and join it with the right section of hair.

• Step 5: Cross a section of hair from the right side to the left, and repeat steps 3 and 4 all the way down your ponytail.

TIP: To keep the fishtail braid looking its best, use the same amount of thickness for each strand.

• Step 6: Repeat Steps 3 to 5 until you near the bottom of the braid. At the bottom, leave a tail of unbraided hair and secure the braid with an elastic band.

• Step 7: Take the loose curls in the front and bring them back to the fishtail braid by securing them with bobby pins.

• Step 8: Fix loose strands with bobby pins, spray the braid with Davines hairspray to smooth loose hairs into place. You can add flowers, clips, and headbands to the braid for extra glam!

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