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Hairstylist Matthew Collins uses braids to create looks that are perfect for party season.
 
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LOOK 1: THE METALLIC BRAIDED PONY
This look is going to take your simple 3-strand braid to the next level with a very straightforward glitter application.

HOW-TO:
  1. Draw the hair back into a soft, effortless pony at the nape of the neck.
  2. Next, do a simple 3-strand braid and fasten with an elastic at bottom.
  3. Now create a mixture of glitter and gel and with a makeup brush, paint the mixture on top of every other outside part of the braid for added detail.
 
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LOOK 2: THE BRAIDED UNDERCUT WITH A GLAM WAVE
This is a bit of an edgier look, but the wave softens it and adds that touch of holiday glam.

HOW-TO:
  1. First, softly wave the hair and then create a deep side part.
  2. Then do an inverted braid on the side that’s opposite to the part.
  3. Once finished the braid, tie an elastic and fasten two bobby pins across the elastic to lock it in place; allow hair to fall over the back of the braid.
  4. To finish, pull apart the braid and add some tiny crystals, pearls or blingy pins to the braided side.
 
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LOOK 3: THE INVERTED BRAIDED TOPKNOT
This look is as cool as it is glam! And again, an easy style with which to incorporate accessories.

HOW-TO:
  1. First, flip head upside down and tie a ribbon to a middle section at the nape of the neck.
  2. Next, start an inverted braid and finish at the point where you want your bun to be.
  3. Once braided to the desired area, tie hair into a ponytail. Now, add the remaining hair at the top to your ponytail and wrap into a bun; lock into place with bobby pins.
  4. Lastly, slightly pull apart the braid in the back for a more effortless vibe, or leave untouched for a more done-up look.

ACCESSORIES: *both from Etsy Canada