Our Editor In Chief is quite the ambassador of bohemian style, whether she is rocking a missoni crochet dress or an ethereal caftan, so when she strolled into the office with this effortless braid we had to recreate it. Here is a step-by-step tutorial to score the easy summer look that works post-pool, post-beach or for the ubiquitous humid hair day.
The style works best on air-dried hair, whether you need to add a little dry shampoo or salt spray to achieve that texture is up to you.
Use a deep side part, and section off the front 3 inches of hair.
Braid To The Ear
Using the traditional french braiding technique (gradually incorporate more hair as you lengthen the braid), continue until just behind the ear and fasten with a hair tie.
Wrap The Elastic
Using a ribbon of hair from the subsequent ponytail, wrap it around the hair elastic so that it is concealed, then use a bobby pin to secure.
Using the rest of the head of hair, separate into three sections, using the ponytail from the mini braid as one section.
Twist each piece of hair before you incorporate it into the braid, this adds to the unkempt, beachy vibe of the look.
Fasten With Elastic
Fasten the full braid with an elastic.
Scrunch and Tease
Add a lived-in feel by gently teasing and loosening the braid, pulling out a few strands and adding volume to the tail.
The final look is intentionally undone. We suggest pairing with a Rachel-approved combination of a stained lip, oversized glasses and a printed maxidress.