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A major hair trend, braids are a great way to make dirty hair look pretty and stylishly pull back sweaty strands come hot weather time. But perfect-looking plaits aren’t so simple for everyone. Here are 10 common issues we have with braiding our hair and how to fix them.

Layered Hair

Having layerd hair can mean strands that won’t stay put, so here’s what you do: Spray hair all over with a flexible hold hair spray before braiding. This should give hair the grip it needs to stay braided, without any fall-out.

Try

Dove Style + Care Extra Hold Hair Spray, $8 at well.ca

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Super Straight Hair

If this is you, you know how easily braids slip out. Either wait until the day after washing hair so your locks are dirtier and have a bit more texture, or use a texturizing powder before you start working your hair to add a bit of grit.

Try

Big Sexy Hair Powder Play Volumizing Texturizing Powder, $2 at London Drugs

Thick, frizzy hair

Your hair can look messy, and that’s totally the case when you try to braid your hair, Ms. Frizz. Treat coarse and frizzy hair with a pomade or wax to smooth the hair’s surface before you braid.

Try

Bumble and Bumble Sumo Wax, $32 at Sephora

Fly-away baby hairs

No matter what you do, you always have little fly-aways sticking out of your next-to-perfect braids. Instead of spraying hair directly with hair spray and then smoothing fly-aways (which won’t work), try spraying fingers first and then gently brush hairs into place.

Try

Garnier Fructis Crystal Resist Finishing Spray, $5 at London Drugs

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Your braids don’t last long

This is so annoying, right? Instead of going for a laid-back, loose look, pull your braid as tight as you can for day one and let it loosen up over time. To keep a braided look for more than one day, sleep on a silk pillow case to fight frizz and prevent fall out.

Try

Spasilk 100 per cent Silk Facial Beauty Pillowcase, $20 at Amazon.ca

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Thin hair

We know how hard it can be to pull off a thick braid with thin strands and even thinner ends. So try a texturizing powder or dry shampoo, because it will add volume and thickness to thin hair. But if you really want to bulk up your braid, try adding extensions. A clip-in ponytail extension is the easiest way to add volume to a simple braid. Just secure at the bottom with a hair elastic.

Try

Clip In Ponytail Remy Human Hair Extensions, $80 at Clip Hair Canada

Your braids always look messy

Just because you’re not super practiced in plaiting, doesn’t mean you should give up. Until your technique is perfected, buy open hair pins (different than bobby pins) the same colour as your hair to keep braids and strands in place and looking neat.

Try

Goody Hair Pins, $5 at London Drugs

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Slippery strands

It can be hard to keep hair neat and within a finger’s distance when braiding. If you’re new to creating plaits, start by putting hair in a loose ponytail before trying to braid. Then remove the elastic and secure the bottom of the braid when you’re done. Ribbon hair ties are soft and easy to slide off the hair without messing up your look.

Try

Sephora Collection Ribbon Hair Ties, $12 at Sephora.
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Not-So-Nimble Fingers

If you’re attempting a french braid, fishtail or even an ordinary braid, watching yourself in the mirror can only add to the confusion. Because, what you’re doing becomes backwards in your reflection, of course. Watch tutorials online and use the mirror only to check your progress.

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Selena Gomez’s Stylist Breaks Down How To Get Her Braids
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Flat, Lifeless Hair

Having a limp hair day? Add hair texture powder and tease your locks before braiding. This will add volume and attitude to your plaits, and when your braid is finished, try pulling apart the sections to mess it up a bit and make your hair look thicker.

Try

Sephora Collection The Art Of Braid Hair Kit, $23 at Sephora.

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