7. Dutch braids
Occasion: A bad hair day
Ideal hair length: Short, medium and long hair
Step 1: Begin with damp or dry hair. Detangle hair using a comb before creating an even centre part from the top of the head down to the nape.
Step 2: Tie one side of your parted hair in a low ponytail so it’s out of the way. On the other side, starting at the top of your head at the hairline, gather the first section of hair and split it into three smaller, equal parts. Tip: if you have finer hair, apply some styling mousse beforehand to help hold the strands together.
Step 3: Place the front piece of hair underneath the middle section of hair. Then, with the new middle section, take the back section of hair and place it underneath the middle section.
Step 4: Repeat this pattern, continuing to weave the strands underneath the middle section and adding more hair to each section as you braid downwards. This can be quite tricky so to keep the braid tight, use your fingers to weave the outer hair in.
Step 5: When you reach the nape, continue creating a regular plait and secure with a hair tie about 5cm from the end. Repeat the process with the hair on the other side.