Trend alert: Braids

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Braids are not only one of the hottest fall runway trends, seen at Marc by Marc Jacobs, Marchese, Etro and Pucci to name a few, but they are also a great way to give heat-styled hair a break. 

Mario Russo, owner and lead stylist of Salon Mario Russo in Boston, says the Lobster Tail braid is the perfect way to update the popular fishtail braid. 

“This messy and textured twist is easy to create,” says Mario, “and doesn’t even requiring braiding skills; just twisting! Depending on the occasion the Lobster Tail can be as deconstructed or as neat as you like.” 

How to braid a” Lobster Tail”: 

Start with day-old hair to achieve the messy and textured look of this braid. 

Use a texturizing spray like Oribe Dry Texturizing Spray on the roots to eliminate any natural oils that can flatten hair. 

Gather hair to one side, while leaving a few front pieces of hair out on the opposite. Curl these pieces with a one-inch barrel to add more shape around the face. 

Separate hair in half, a front and back section, and make three small sections out of the back section. Twist each one individually before joining all three to make one twist. Secure with a clip so you can work freely on the front section. Don’t worry if it untwists a little bit, you can re-twist later. 

Take the front section, split into two small twisted sections, and then combine to make one twist. 

Join the front and back twists, make one complete twist and then secure with five or six bobby pins next to  your ear. This will hold together the beginning of the twist. 

Spray texturizing spray again on hair below the bobby pins to create fullness and then make two twists with this remaining hair and combine the two twists into one, twisting all the way down. Don’t twist too hard; let it be a little loose to give it more thickness and texture. 

Before securing with hair tie, put bobby pins UP throughout the twist, almost like a skeleton for the twist, and then secure with a hair tie. The pins will hold the twist in place. 

Finish off with a light hair spray, such as Oribe Superfine Strong Hair Spray.