3 Cool Ways to Wear Accent Braids

Rachel Krause

There are myriad reasons we can’t get enough of braids, but one of them is that we literally can’t get enough of them—they are so many braids to try at least once, and we’re learning new techniques each day. Accent braids are a great way to work a little bit of polish and flair into your look without a ton of effort, so needless to say, we’re all about them. These three styles are the ones we’re obsessing over right now, since they’re absolutely perfect for summer.

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The half-up braid is always a winner, and a messy fishtail gives it a fancy, but not stuffy, twist. Securing the hair in a ponytail at the back of the head first will help a loose braid to stay in place without totally falling apart. For a disheveled look like this one, Oscar Blandi Pronto Braid Paste will give hair major grip and definition that not only makes it easier to style, but will give a better finished result, too.

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A small rope braid twisted from behind the ear works so well with this pushed-back style, as it adds a little more interest around the face rather than simply leaving hair loose in the back. Rather than gel or hairspray, use a glossy-finish hair cream or pomade to create the pulled-back effect, as it results in a softer, less shellacked look.

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ImaxTree

Half braid, half ponytail, this look is the perfect in-between look, and it’s excellent for keeping long hair off your face and under control in hot weather. On clean or dirty hair, use a generous amount of gel to slick the hair back from the very front and French braid all the way to the nape of your neck before pulling the remaining lengths into a low ponytail.

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