Romantic braided hairstyles are seriously on-trend this spring and anyone with hair that's long enough should consider trying one! This simple half-up braid style is perfect because it's really easy to recreate and only takes a few minutes. Not only that, it also looks great with an unkempt, wavy hair texture.
Romantic half-up braid
Before braiding: If your hair is naturally quite straight, you'll need to create some tousled waves before you start braiding.
How to tousle: Start by misting hair generously with a wave-creating spray and then gently brush a wide-tooth comb down the lengths to ensure even coverage from roots to ends. Take a half-inch section of hair and twist it. While holding on to the ends of the twisted hair, blow-dry on a low-heat setting. Finger-comb once dry to reveal a few loose, tousled waves. Repeat on the rest of your hair and you're good to go.
The actual braiding part is also super easy, even if it looks really intricate!
If it seems a little intimidating, just think of it as three small braids and a small bun.
Leaving your bangs loose at the front, take a half-inch section of hair from just above each ear and braid them separately. Don't braid too tightly as this hairstyle is all about delicate romance!
Bring them together at the back of your head and secure them both with the same hair elastic.
Twist the ends into a loose mini-bun that (kind of) resembles a rose and pin with a couple of bobby pins.
Take a slightly larger section of hair, about two inches, from just beneath the "rose" and loosely braid it straight down to create a (kind of) stem, and secure with another hair elastic.
Fix your new romantic braid style with a mist of hairspray for long-lasting hold and you're done!
Told you it was easy!