The Best Braids For Your Face Shape
Round: Fishtail Top Knot
Why It Works: "It elongates by drawing eye up, creating an illusion of longer, slimmer face."
- Tie hair into a high pony.
- Separate it into to even sections.
- Take a small piece from the left side and pull it under the right.
- Reverse by weaving a piece from the right under the left.
- Alternate sides until you reach the bottom, securing with an elastic.
- Wrap the braid around the base of the ponytail, securing with bobby pins.
Square: Half-Up Double Dutch Braids
Why It Works: "It's perfect to add height at the top of the head while still having hair down by the jawline to soften it."
- Separate hair into a top and bottom section, pinning the lower strands to the side.
- Divide the top section into a left and right section, then clip one half out of the way.
- Take the loose half and split it into three even sections
- Weave the left section under the center section (so the left section is now in the middle).
- Pull the right section under the middle. Potempa recommends creating a hair mantra to stay focused. "Just repeat left under, right under the middle," she explains.
- Keep braiding, continuing to grab hair from the root.
- After securing one braid with an elastic, repeat the process on the other side of your head.
- Unpin the bottom section of hair and curling with a wand.
Heart: Five Strand Braid
Why It Works: "It creates volume by the jawline."
- Start by pulling hair into a low side pony with a rubber band. This makes braiding easier (simply cut out the rubber band once you're done).
- Separate hair into five even sections.
- Take the farthest section on the right side, crossing it over the section next to it and then under the following section.
- Reach for farthest section to the left, weaving it over then under like you did in step three.
- Continue to repeat this process, alternating sides, all the way down. Secure at the end.
- Gently pull the braid outwards to give the braid a wider appearance.
Diamond: Waterfall Braid
Why It Works: "It allows you to keep most of the hair down, softly framing your face shape."
- Begin a regular three-strand braid
- Work your way down, but every weave drop the bottom section, replacing it with a new section from the root
- Finish with a traditional braid and secure at the bottom.
- Curl the rest of your hair to create a relaxed texture (we love the Beachwaver!).
Oval: Anything Goes
Why It Works: The versatile shape plays well with all plaits. "Take advantage and try a braid cocktail, mixing different styles," says Potempa.
- Tie a high ponytail at the top of your head
- Create traditional three-braid on the first third of the pony. Secure with a clear elastic.
- Fishtail the next third of hair. Tie off with another clear elastic.
- Finish with another three-strand braid.