A New Way to Wear Braids: Adir Abergel's Plaited Ponytail

by Elizabeth Siegel

Delphine Achard/WWDDelphine Achard/WWDThe next time you throw your hair into a bun or a ponytail, spruce it up by adding a few braids. It's an easy trick that I learned from hairstylist Adir Abergel. "It's a great way to make an updo look cooler, because it adds an interesting texture," he says. It works best on second-day hair, and all you need is dry shampoo, a few thin elastics, and a working knowledge of braiding.

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* Mist the whole shebang (roots, lengths, and ends) with dry shampoo. "It adds volume and a messy texture that works perfectly with this style," says Abergel, who likes Klorane Gentle Dry Shampoo and Serge Normant Meta Revive Dry Shampoo. Massage the dry shampoo in with your fingers, and it'll work even better.

* Add two or three braids that start at the hairline and go straight back. "Don't worry about the placement--it should look random," says Abergel, adding that it helps to make the braids slightly different sizes. There's no need to make them too perfect--you're going to mess them up anyway. Secure each braid with the smallest elastic you can find, and then "open them up with your fingers for an easy, messy look," he says.

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* Use your fingers to rake your hair back into a ponytail or imperfect bun (one that's just above the nape or about halfway between your crown and nape looks coolest). It's OK if the elastics show... We probably should have mentioned that this isn't a style for perfectionists.

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