Saturday 24 February 2018

Festival Beauty: 6 steps to the perfect fishtail braid

Actress Blake Lively attends the
Actress Blake Lively attends the "Savages" New York premiere at SVA Theater
Vanessa Hudgens at Coachella
Freya Drohan

Freya Drohan

When it comes to dressing for a festival, a failsafe outfit of shorts, wellington boots and a rain jacket will always do - as for hair, that can be another story altogether.

Between temperamental rain showers, flying pints of beer and nights spent sleeping in less than favourable conditions - our gruaig can look more Beetlejuice than Boho Babe by day two of a festival.

While there's always the option of a hat or a strategically placed headband, we're confident that with these tips and tricks to achieve an artfully dishevelled fishtail braid, you'll be able to disguise a bed head quicker than you can say "dry shampoo".

Fishtail Braid

Start with clean hair and brush thoroughly.

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1. Take a section of hair from the centre of the crown and split this into two.

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2. Take hold of these two panels of hair, one in each hand.

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3. Take a small piece of hair from the edge of one panel and cross over to join the other panel.

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4. Repeat this process two of three times, then start integrating additional hair from the sides, making your two main plait panels thicker.

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5. Continue with this process, ensuring that you are pulling an even amount of hair from the sides.

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6. Secure the plait with a pony band or piece of ribbon.

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Use your fingers to tease the plait for a softer finish.

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The above hairstyle was demonstrated on a model with Great Lengths hair extensions.

Freya's Review - Great Lengths hair extensions:

I never had any trouble growing my hair long, but my mane was far from thick and glossy. In fact, the faster my hair grew, the thinner and more unruly it would get, and after years of trying out various products, styling tools and "miracle" shampoos (not to mention eating tonnes of Brazil nuts which supposedly encourage the growth of thicker hair follicles) my gruaig always remained flat, lifeless and thin.

I have a small head (to the extent that my friends actually call me 'peanut head') and my hair could be straight one day, in ringlets the next and in random waves the following day. Therefore I thought hair extensions would make me look ridiculous, and people would be able to tell I was wearing them a mile away. But the promise of a red-carpet worthy barnet lured me in.

I've now had my Great Lengths three months, and I can finally understand why people make their hair a top priority. Before they were applied, I saw my hair as a chore but now I look forward to trying out different styles whether it's a simple high pony tail or a more elaborate look for an event. Sometimes people I don't know will compliment me on my "long hair" to which I just say thanks, as if I have grown it all myself. Sure what they don't know won't hurt them.

Mine were applied by the brilliant Great Lengths specialist Jordan in COM Hair, Temple Bar. Jordan has turned more womens' hair from flat to fab than you or I have had hot dinners so she innately knows how many strands to apply and what length to cut them to. (My one tip is to ask for the flat bonds, as they're virtually invisible when your hair is up!)

I knew I was in good hands when Jordan told me that she regularly works on the hair of the The Only Way Is Essex girls, famed for their larger-than-life locks. Sitting in the salon as she worked her magic, I knew for the first time in my life I was going to have 'reem hair'.

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