The One Braid to Know Now: Introducing the Chain Braid

Is it me, or is the braid the little black dress of hair? Dress it up, dress it down – there’s no place the braid can’t go. The newest braid on the block is the chain braid, and it doesn’t disappoint.

Mario Russo of Salon Mario Russo in Boston shows us how it’s done.

Step 1. Start with day-old hair. To create volume, curl sections of hair at the crown of your head using hot rollers, round brush, or curling iron, whatever is your preference. If you have fine hair and would like even more volume, lightly tease the hair at your crown once you curl it.

Step 2. Curl all of your hair with a 1.5-inch curling iron to help with the fullness of the braid.

Step 3. Pull back the top section of hair near the crown, as if creating a half-up half-down style, and split hair in two sections. Tie the two sections in a knot (as if you were tying shoelaces).

Step 4. Add strands of hair from each side (like you would for a French braid), and knot the two sections of hair again. Continue “French knotting” and once you have no more hair to add, keep knotting down and secure with a clear elastic.

Step 5. Gently pull and stretch the knots apart to give it a more messy and textured look.

Step 6. Spray braid with a light working spray that will keep the braid looking soft, while still holding it in place. (Bumble & bumble Does It All Styling Spray is recommended).

Stylist Tip: If you want to dress this braid up, tuck the braid under and secure with bobby pins to create a messy, yet classy, chignon.

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