Beautiful Braids

With the summer heat and humidity on the rise, there is no better way to keep hair looking fresh and out of your way than a braid! Keep reading to learn our stylist’s favorite tips, trick and products to perfect your unique look!

There are endless opportunities out there for braiding and hair styling using braids! While this may be a little intimidating, braiding is fairly straightforward once you get the hang of it- taking some time to practice and play around will have a huge pay off.

One of the best places to start learning about how to braid is Youtube! Believe it or not, there are a ton of easy-to-follow braiding tutorials on Youtube that are well done and really helpful. We’ll attach some of our favorite braid styles- work your way through them and remember to have patience with yourself! We’ve attached a couple of our favorites from Oribe!

Wonderful 5-strand braid done in-house by our very own, Christie Gleisner

Even though moisturizing shampoos and conditioners are wonderful in the summer to revive heat-damaged strands, for this particular look, you’ll want to avoid freshly washed hair which can make the hair too slippery to work with. Try to use second day hair if you can, or to make sure your hair has enough texture and hold, wash with texturing products like Bumble and bumble’s Surf Foam Shampoo and Conditioner. Before braiding, be sure to add some extra grip with Bumble and bumble’s classic Sea Salt Surf Spray for an even better style.


While each tutorial is a bit different, the key is to take your recently roughed up hair and separate strands into even sections with a fine tooth comb prior to starting your braid pattern. When you are finished braiding the hair, simply use a few bobby pins misted with hairspray to catch any stray pieces that may have fallen out in the process, and tie off with a small clear elastic for a seamless look!

As for the effect of the braid, the finish is totally up to you! Do you want a sleek, modern look? Try slicking back fly aways with a dab of Oribe’s Supershine Light cream. Going for more of a romantic look? Pull out a few face-framing pieces of hair and spray a bit of Oribe’s Flashform Finishing Wax for some sheen and piece-y texture! And no matter what braided look you decide to rock, don’t forget to lightly mist with Oribe’s Superfine Hairspray to keep frizz at bay and your style in place all day long!

Wanna know our other absolute favorite thing about braided looks this summer? The amazing style you get when you choose to undo your masterpiece! Simply take out the elastic, remove all bobby pins, flip your head over and blast with a few sprays of Oribe’s Mystify to reactivate all the product from the previous day and you are left instantly with the perfect beachy waves you’ve always wanted!

So there you have it! There really is no better way to beat the heat this summer and get days of style with no damage then the braid-to-beachy-wave combo! And with so many different products and braid styles available the possibilities are endless- so what are you waiting for? Find your best braid look today!