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A Braided Up Do In 5 Easy Steps

An Easy, Effortless and Elegant 5 Minute Hairstyle
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Easy 5 minute hair tutorial by @waitingonmartha Easy Braided Up Do | Hair Tutorial by @waitingonmartha Easy Braided Up Do | Hair Tutorial by Waiting on Martha

It’s hard to deny the power of an easy braided up do in these last dog days of summer. On the mornings when you’re flying out the door, and on the days when meetings fill your calendar all day long, an effortless, hands-off hairstyle is ideal.  And when said hairstyle takes only five minutes to do?!  Well, that’s pretty priceless.  

We didn’t believe it was possible either, but after teaming up with the talented hair and makeup artist Jennifer Nieman, we discovered this easy braided up do.  We were all rendered speechless at how quickly Jen pulled together the look, and all agreed how effortless and elegant it turned out to be.  Take notes, friends, because this is a hair tutorial worth bookmarking long after summer is through!  Truly, MKR

Step 1…Start with wavy or curled hair. To achieve the waves, use either with a 1-inch or 1-1/4 inch curling iron or wand. Use light hairspray and a dry texture spray
Step 2…Part the hair your desired way (to the side or no part), and leave out any wisps if you prefer a loose, romantic look. 
Step 3…Gather all of your hair to the back of your neck.
Step 4…Do a standard 3-strand braid.
Step 5…Roll the braid under and pin.

To finish the look, pull a few pieces of hair loose near the crown of the head.  Lastly, using hairspray or texture spray will help add looseness and texture to the braided up do. 

And because we had to get the scoop on Jen’s favorite hair products, her go-to texture sprays include: Redken “Wind Blown” Dry Texture Spray, CHI Texturing Spray and Drybar Triple Sec 3-in-1. And to hold the style, she always uses Kenra Volume Spray #25, Redken Fashion Work 12 and Oribe Impermeable Anti-Humidity Hair Spray

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PHOTOGRAPHY, KATHRYN MCCRARY | HAIR, JENNIFER NIEMAN | LOCATION, AMBIENT + STUDIO

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