We don’t often think of knotting our hair when styling, but I’ve been using the technique to create simple-yet-intricate hairdos for years. I’m always on the hunt for hair styles that can be put together in a few easy steps, but when complete, make everyday hair look and feel a little more special. In this knotted side braid, I tied a few strategic knots into Claire’s gorgeous blond locks to achieve a style that’s interesting and also has some serious staying power… if you can tie your shoes, chances are you can recreate this look! Keep reading for the step-by-step (photographed by Kate Stafford), and don’t be afraid to experiment with knotting! I’m already dying to try a half-up version of this look, or braiding it straight down the back…
- Apply a smoothing serum (I love Living Proof Satin) to keep fly aways at bay. Gather hair on the side of your head and part into two even sections.
- Keeping the hair neat, tie the two sections into a knot as pictured.
- Grab the two tail ends of the knotted sections, and knot again as pictured.
- Knot a third time, and continue knotting if you have the length. Secure at the bottom with a clear rubber band. Once braid is tied off, carefully tug on the knots to loosen and create a more tousled look. Spray all over.