It's hard to think about braids being trend driven – after all, the style has been around since the dawn of time – but it's hard to ignore that they're having a major moment, as evidenced by our collective obsession with fishtails, waterfalls and side-by-side French braids. If you've already mastered all of the above, good news: A new iteration of the braid is gaining steam: The reverse French braid.
Slightly less done-up than a traditional French, this style sits on top of your hair as opposed to getting woven in, which means it's slightly easier to create. Jennifer Lawrence recently wore a reverse French braid at 2016's London premiere of Passengers, and since then, we've been sold on the idea that the style looks just as good with a gown as it would with jeans and a tee.
To show you exactly how to pull it off, we're giving you a step-by-step tutorial on how to achieve the perfect reverse French braid for lazy post-holiday days ahead!
HAIR TUTORIAL: THE REVERSE FRENCH BRAID
The thing that makes this braid special is texture – and lots of it. If you have naturally wavy or curly hair, add mousse or salt spray to damp strands then diffuse your hair upside down to bring out natural texture. If your hair is straight, you'll want to use a flat iron or curling iron to add waves. Next, tease your roots with a comb to add lift at the crown.
Gather your hair from temple to temple and bring it to the center as if you're pulling your hair into a half-up pony. Separate into three even sections.
Begin braiding your hair – instead of weaving each piece over the top, weave the outside pieces under the center section. This creates the inside-out, reverse French braid effect.
Continue the braid down your head by adding a small portion of hair on the sides before weaving each outside piece underneath. Alternate between the left and right sides until you're at the base of your hair.
Finish by creating a classic three-stand braid for the rest of your hair, then wrap an elastic band around the bottom (if you have brown or black hair, use a dark plastic band; if you have blonde hair, use a clear band).
Gently pull apart the center plait to give the braid a mussed-up, romantic vibe. Finish off with a light-hold hairspray. Done!