Ask a Washington, D.C. Stylist: Three Easy Braided Hairstyles

July 8, 2014 8:00 AM

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From “Game of Thrones” to almost any Disney princess, braided hairstyles have been great ways to enhance your look. You can dress them up to look like a regal queen, or dress them down to look like a Bohemian flower child. Whichever you want to do, there is a braided hairstyle to go with the look you want. My Tran of PR at Partners has a few tips for you to perfect that look.

My Tran
PR at Partners
2033 K St. N.W.
Washington, DC 20036
(202) 862-3870

My Tran is a designer at PR at Partners, one of the best hair salons in the Washington, D.C. area. Blowouts, coloring and more, Tran can do it all. She takes pride in what she does, and has the training to back it up. And if you are afraid you won’t be able to keep up or replicate her great styling, she is more than willing to give you tips for at home.

Prep Your Hair

When going for a braided hairstyle, My Tran emphasizes the need to prep your hair, especially for straight, silky hair and freshly cleaned hair. “Prep hair with products that tame frizz, and makes the hair more pliable,” she advises. You will want to “prep with wax or wax-based cream, to make sure the style stays.” For straight, silky hair, mouse and hairspray are useful for keeping the hold. And when prepping your hair, “make sure you use an equal distribution of product.” Proper preparation can make the braiding and styling process less troublesome.

Pay Attention To Your Hairline

More than likely, if you are going to an event, you will be wearing make up. Tran suggests that you “make sure your hairline is smooth, because that’s the line people look at.” You need to “make sure it blends from make up to hair.” So there should be a smooth transition between your make up and hair; not a line that stands out on your face. And at the same time, pay attention to the proportions, “make sure it is proportional to your features.” The size of the braided style and the hairline it creates can be unflattering to your facial features.

Waterfall Braid

A waterfall braid is a great hairstyle for nearly every occasion. You can do a few simple braids at an angle, or do a more intricate waterfall effect with patterns, depending on your hair length. You basically make a cornrow but leave a strand out from each new braid. This can take anywhere from five minutes to 30 minutes, depending on how many strands you want in your waterfall. You can let your hair fall or you can jazz it up and let it waterfall.

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Crown Braid

Festival season is in full swing. From coast to coast and continent to continent, people are spending their weekends at festivals. For a cute look at a music festival, try a crown braid. Part your hair down the middle and braid from the top on one side, and on the other side braid from the bottom up. Secure the braids with elastic, then wrap them around your head like a crown. Keep the crown in place with bobby pins. This will take 30 minutes or less with prep. Look like Khalesi while you sway, rock out, head bang, bop and dance the night way.

Braided Bun

For a more formal event that you would prefer an updo for, try a braided bun. A regular bun is alright, but a braided bun takes the look to another level. Put your hair in a ponytail, in the middle towards the top of your hair. Braid the ponytail, securing the end, and then wrap the braid around the itself and secure. This quick, less-than-10-minute style can elevate your look.

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Folashade Oyegbola is a freelance writer covering all things D.C. Her work can be found on

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