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For as long as I can remember, I've had an abundance of very tangle-prone, blonde hair. The only thing that seems to keep it safe from the ravages of mega-knots is a good-old braid. I'm always looking for new ways to spice up my look, and this "braid" is a great little trick I've learned along the way. It almost looks like a fishtail braid--a style which I love, but I don't often have the time and patience for in the morning. In this version, instead of actually plaiting your hair, you just loop it in on itself with the help of a few clear elastics. 

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Tools: 3 clear elastics

1. Begin with soft, untangled hair. Starting at the top of your hairline, begin twisting hair away from your face, grabbing more hair along the hairline as you move down.

2. Once you reach just below your ear, secure hair into a low, loose ponytail with an elastic.

3. Place another elastic about 2-3 inches below the first, and split the hair between the elastics into two, making a hole in the middle.

4. Grab the end of your ponytail and thread it through the hole you created, pulling through tightly.

5. Repeat steps 3-4 one more time, further down on your ponytail.

6. Voila! The faux fishtail! I like to muss things up a bit by loosening the "braid" and pulling out a few strands from my twist to give it a beachy look, but it's also great if you leave it looking sleek.

Do you have a fave braid? Please share! I'm always looking for new inspiration!

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