Step 1: "Divide the section of hair you want to braid into two pieces,” says John Barrett, owner of New York’s John Barrett salon. “Take a small outer piece from one side and cross it over to the inside of the opposing side."
Step 2: "Repeat with small outer pieces from opposite sides crossing over to become part of the inside of the first section."
Step 3: "Keep crossing small outer pieces into the opposite inside until braid is complete. Pull apart for a more relaxed look."
“Coil damp hair with thickening mist into pin curls,” says celebrity stylist/New York/L.A. salon owner Sally Hershberger. “When it’s 60 percent dry, go over with a diffuser to set curls—run fingers through.”
For curly hair:
“Flat-iron each piece—not too straight—to stretch the curls out into waves.”
For long hair:
“Braid damp hair and leave overnight or until it’s dry.”
For short hair:
“Wrap small sections of hair around curling iron and tousle.”
Step 2: “Work a little smoothing treatment—I love oils—into towel-dried hair to prevent frizz. Curly and ethnic hair are more absorbent, so you need more.”
Step 3: “Divide your hair into four sections: front, back, left, right. Start at the back and blow-dry your way forward with a paddle brush; point the dryer at the brush and slowly pull the brush downward to the ends, following it with the dryer. Make sure each section is completely dry before moving on.”
Step 2: Gather into a tight ponytail with an elastic—low or high, depending, says L.A. celebrity stylist Mara Roszak. “Twist into a coil and wrap around and around into a bun, securing with hairpins as you go. Finish with hairspray.”
Step 3: A clean center part or neatly tucking your ends into the bun totally changes the look.