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The New Braiding Book

All out of fresh ideas on how to style your hair? Then you might want to get your hands on the New Braiding Handbook. The handy book is filled with enough creative new ways to style your hair that you will never need to revert back to your old ponytail. Each hairdo comes with easy to follow step by step tutorials, and if for some reason you are still having trouble mastering your do there are video tutorials being posted every Wednesday on Abby Smith’s youtube Channel. Here are a couple of my favorite looks I tried out.

The Alternative Braid
This is one of my favorite looks for a couple of reasons, one being that if you’re always in a rush you can pull of this flirty look in minutes. It is a great alternative to just quickly putting your hair in a ponytail or bun and it is just as fast.You can easily follow the step to step tutorial in the book or follow this video which you will also be able to find on Abby Smith’s youtube Channel.

The Fishtail Bun
The fishtail bun is a perfect look for the office and it’s very creative compared to the usual ballerina bun. I love it because it’s professional looking and well put together in the front that no one would ever expect what it looks like from behind. It all starts with two braids and from there on you are just wrapping and twisting them around until you reach the finished look.

The Waterfall Braid Updo
Whether you are going on a date night or to a cocktail party this is a great, easy to do elegant updo. You’ll never have to spend a dime getting your hair ready for a big night out but it will definitely look like you did. I tried this look out myself once. After a few attempts I finally got the look down and I was getting compliments all night.

You can find all these looks and  more in the New Braiding Handbook by Abby Smith. It will be your tool in pulling off hairstyles that you would have never thought of to attempt on your own. I would suggest you use bobby pins and scrunchies that are very close to your hair color because at times you might find yourself needing quite a few of them, especially if you have thick hair. One other thing that you should keep in mind is that you can customize any of these looks to your own personal tastes by using intricate hair accessories or by braiding in colored hair clip-ins.
Images for The New Braiding Book courtesy of Ulysses Press & Abby Smith.

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