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Cute And Easy Braid Hairstyles For Fall

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Looking for some quick and easy back-to-school hairstyle ideas? Think braid hairstyles! Using French braids, Dutch braids, fishtail braids, and even simple twists, there are so many ways to make your hairstyle something special. This season, thanks to new natural-origin hair styling products that support hairstyles without the “feel” of product in your hair, your braid hairstyles can be as touchable as they are beautiful. Here are six ideas and tutorials from the hairstyle masters at Matrix!

Lived-In Halo Braid

Also called a crown braid, a beautiful halo braid can be dressed up, dressed down and worn anywhere. This slightly messy braid is soft and on-trend!

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How-to:

  • After shampooing, apply a rich, frizz-defying leave-in hair cream to control flyaway hairs. Comb through with a wide tooth comb for even distribution.
  • Blow dry hair with a cushioned styling brush for smoothness.
  • Create a deep side part from the right hairline to the crown.
  • Beginning at the part, create a French braid that includes hair from the front and top.
  • Braid around the head to the opposite side. As you reach the back, begin incorporating hair from the bottom and top.
  • Continue until all hair is braided. Direct the hair around the front hairline and pin it into place.
  • Gently enlarge and loosen the braid, and let a few tendrils fall free.
  • Mist with texturizing styling hair spray
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Half-Up Half-Down Braid

Sometimes a braid is really just a twist, like this romantic, half-up half-down braid hairstyle featuring long beach waves.

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How-to:

  • For natural hair shine and frizzy hair control, mist clean, damp hair with a frizz-controlling styling hairspray and distribute the spray evenly with a wide tooth comb.
  • Use a large round brush and blow-dry hair, creating soft, natural hair movement and wave.
  • Without including the side sections, direct the top section back to the crown, and secure with duckbill metal clips.
  • Twist each side and the adjoining back/side hairline section into a tight coil.
  • Wrap the coils around each other twice at the back, forming a figure eight shape, and pin into place.
  • To create more defined wave formation on the bottom sections, twist subsections tightly and mist with styling hairspray. Hold until the hairspray dries before releasing.
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Flipped Fishtail Braid

This fishtail braid is a gorgeous way to add visual interest to loose, beachy waves.

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How-to:

  • Mist frizz-control hair spray onto damp hair.
  • Blow-dry hair straight with a round brush.
  • Gently backcomb the top section to create soft hair volume.
  • Leaving the sides loose, direct the top section back toward the crown.
  • Create a fishtail braid with this top section that extends from the crown to the ends of the section.
  • Secure the braid with an elastic hair band, and conceal the elastic hair band with a small strand of hair.
  • Use a curling iron to create randomly placed, loose waves on the bottom section.
  • Mist the bottom with texturizing hairspray to provide hair volume and loose definition.
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Unraveled Rope Braid

The coolest braids this fall are messy and unconstructed, and this rope is dope!

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How-to:

  • Apply hair styling jelly to damp hair and distribute with a wide tooth comb.
  • Beginning at the nape and working up the head, blow dry hair in horizontal sections with a large round brush.
  • Flip all hair to the left side.
  • Create a two-strand rope twist braid, beginning at the front right hairline.
  • Direct the braid diagonally toward the left, following the front hairline.
  • Braid by taking diagonal partings, feeding hair in from the top and underneath.
  • When you reach the left ear, continue braiding down the lengths to the ends and secure with an elastic band.
  • Loosen the braid for a deconstructed look.
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Messy Chignon

Here’s a new take on summer’s messy bun—a casual low chignon with a twist!

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How-to:

  • Apply hair styling jelly to damp hair and distribute with a wide tooth comb.
  • Beginning at the nape and working up the head, blow dry hair with a medium round brush to create volume.
  • Direct the top/front section back into a low ponytail and secure it with an elastic hair band.
  • Loosely twist and wrap hair from the sides of the nape section to conceal the elastic and pin into place.
  • Mist the remaining lengths with hair texturizing styling spray, tuck it up and under at the nape and pin into place.
  • Gently expand the chignon with your fingers. 
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Double Wrapped Ponytail

While not technically a braid hairstyle, this unique spin on a high ponytail puts it in the category of style with a twist!

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How-to:

  • Distribute hair styling milk through damp hair with a wide tooth comb for hydration and suppleness.
  • Blow dry hair smooth with a large round brush.
  • Gather hair into a high ponytail, secure with an elastic hair band and wrap hair around the elastic to conceal.
  • Insert another elastic hair band approximately three inches from the top and expand the hair above this second elastic.
  • Wrap a small section of hair around the second elastic hair band to conceal and pin to secure.

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