Knotted Braid

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Step One:

Start with a small section, in this tutorial I'm doing a french knot braid and incorporating all my hair.

Step Two:

Divide section into two holding each section in different hands, tie a knot using both sections of hair. Don't think too hard about this, it's just a knot, like you've always done!

Step Three:

Add more hair to each section making your original section a little thicker, now knot this section. Again don't think too hard about this!

Step Four:

Continue all the way down your hair incorporating more hair as you go and tie with small elastic at ends to secure braid! 

Extra:

Unless you're really good at this it'll most likely look really loose for your first time! That's great, work with it! Use the palms of your hands and lightly rub your front hairline to release "wispy" pieces to accentuate the looseness of the braid! 

Enjoy,

Amanda Riley

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Dutch Braids

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Step One:

Part hair into two sections! You can do a side part or a middle part but always have two large sections! (heck do three or four but that's getting in to more advanced braiding) 

Step Two:

As I talked about in the last Braids & Bikinis tutorial a "Dutch braid is when the braid pops out on top". This is accomplished by handing off the hair UNDER each strand vs on top (like a french braid) Start on one side. Take three small sections of hair in your hand. Take your left side and cross under the middle section into your right hand, take right section crossing under center section this is like a regular braid pattern except it's passed under each section instead of on top.

Step Three:

In your left hand grab a small section of hair to add into the left section and pass (left) section under to middle. Do the same to the right section! 

Step Four:

Continue braiding like this adding new sections of hair with each pass under until the ends, tie with rubber band! 

Step Five: 

Repeat on other side! 

Enjoy, 

Amanda Riley 

Dutch Crown Braids

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Dutch Crown Braid Step-by-Step!

The simple difference between a french and dutch braid (the question I'm always asked) Dutch braid is when "the braid pops out on top". This is accomplished by handing off the hair UNDER each strand vs on top (like a french braid). This is a simple dutch braid starting in the front hairline and braided back away from the face leaving hair out over ear to create a softer look! Quite easy if you know how to Dutch braid already... If you don't, I'll try my best to explain!

Step One:

Divide Hair down middle

Step Two:

Start on one side. Take three small sections of hair in your hand. Take your left side and cross under the middle section into your right hand, take right section crossing under center section this is like a regular braid pattern except it's passed under each section instead of on top.

Step Three:

In your left hand grab a small section of hair to add into the left section and pass (left) section under to middle. Do the same to the right section! 

Step Four:

Continue braiding like this adding new sections of hair with each pass under, leave out hair above ear to create softness.  Only add about 4 sections of hair to each side (18 seconds in video) and then continue braiding until there's about 3 inches of length left and tie hair tie. (28 seconds in video) 

Step Five:

Use my favorite hair powder Expanda by Unite to create texture in the braid. Sprinkle some of this magic fairy dust on top of braid. (31 seconds in video) 

Step SIx:

Gently pull apart braid by holding on to the elastic on the end (where you left a couple inches loose). Starting by softly pulling the hair out of the elastic on each side. I like to think you are making a bigger heart shaped on each side as you gently pull it. Start at the bottom of the braid and work up until the front hairline! (watch 1:12 in video for a close up of this) 

Step Seven:

Repeat on other side! 

Step Eight:

Place braids over each other in back and secure with bobby pins or elastic! 

Enjoy,

Amanda Riley 

Beachy Curls

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Step One: 

Brush out all tangles! I like to use a regular paddle brush. 

Step Two:

Section out hair! Generally on my day to day when trying to accomplish this look I curl my hair in 3 sections. From the top of the ear to the bottom hairline (1), from top of the ear to the temple area (2), and the top section! My favorite clippys are these amazing little crocodile clips. I use them in the salon to clip back mass sections of hair.

Step Three:
I have FINE, limp hair. I always have to prep with something for more hold. In this video I’m using my favorite hair spray by Davines. It’s a medium hold spray so it gives hold and flexibility. I like to prep each section with hairspray as I go!

Step Four:

 Now curl! I’m using an 1 1/4” curling iron by Babyliss. This is what I use on all Braids & Bikinis models and all my clients in the salon! (Literally this exact curling iron) Important things to pay attention to: when curling start from the middle of the hair strand and gently twist/curl up while leaving the last 1-2” of the strand out of the iron. This is the general rule of thumb for creating beachy texture. You’ll also notice that I switch direction of curls every other EXCEPT for the front hairline which I always curl back away from the face. You can skip forward to the end of the video where I show a better example of this! (1:14)

Step Five:

Continuing curl hair in this manner alternating between towards the face and away. Prep each section with lite or medium hold hair spray! Always curl front hairline section BACK/AWAY from the face!

Step Six:

Wait until your curls/waves are cool to touch. Curls don’t form in the hair until cooled down (which is why if your hair is looking too curly you can always calm it down when it’s still hot or by heating it up and brushing it)

When curls are cooled use a dry texturizing spray, my favorite is Texturize by Unite! And spray that all over, through the mid-lengths and ends while using your fingers to gently “rake” your hair and pull apart the curls. You can never spray enough of this! 

TA DAH!

At 1:14 of the video I give a demonstration of what I mean by switching the direction of curl! By “away” from the face or “towards” the face! 

Enjoy,

Amanda Riley