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French Braided Side Bun

Sam Villa

Author Sam Villa | CO-FOUNDER SAM VILLA©


Step 1: Prep Your Hair

  • Take horizontal sections and spray a minimum of 6-8" away with Redken quick tease 15 backcombing finishing spray to protect the hair from heat and for maximum iron results
  • Use the Sam Villa Textur® Texturizing Iron tapping the plates down the length to texturize the entire head of hair
  • After you have texturized the hair, brush through thoroughly with the Sam Villa Styling Brush to smooth the hair
  • Once this is completed you will be able to create amazing looks for a minimum of 4 days!

HOT TIPS:

  • Purchase a quality shower cap - doing so will allow you the experience of a full shower and keeps your texture set intact
  • Use a dry shampoo such as Redken Powder Refresh 01 to deodorize your hair and remove excess oils
  • You can create amazing new looks every day with three times the volume and minimal styling time -- The Sam Villa Textur® Texturizing Iron is a must have if you are a hair fashionista (or even if you are hair-impaired)

Step 2: Create Your Part

  • Set in your part where you naturally wear it
  • Use a Sam Villa Detangling Comb to separate the sides by combing hair off the face and letting it naturally split - this approach will give you a straight part every time

Step 3: Begin Your French Braid

  • You’ll begin to braid on the side with the most hair
  • Gather hair from the front of your head and separate it into 3 even sections
  • Begin by crossing over the sections once, as you would for a regular braid
  • Create the design around your face by only adding hair to the back side of the braid (the section closest to your crown) this will keep the front looking controlled
  • Continue your French Braid, adding hair to the outside sections before crossing over the center section, until you arrive at the center of your nape (back of the head)
  • Continue with a regular braid all the way to the bottom and secure with an elastic

Step 4: French Braid The Opposite Side

  • Gather your hair from the opposite side of your head where you created the first braid
  • Begin by crossing over the sections once, as you would for a regular braid
  • French Braid straight down, adding hair to the outside sections before crossing over the center section, until you can lo longer add hair to the sections
  • Continue with a regular braid to the bottom and secure with an elastic

Step 5: Combine Your Braids & Finish

  • Wrap both braids together by twisting them around each other
  • Continue to the ends and secure with an elastic
  • Wrap the braids into a bun right behind your ear and secure with long hairpins from each side of the bun

HOT TIP:

  • When securing a shape with a hairpin begin by placing the pin thru the shape in the opposite direction, then secure it back toward the desired shape using a hook movement
  • This will allow for maximum tension and security
  • Finish with Redken fashion work 12 versatile hairspray

Try this at home and share your results on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter using #SamVillaHowTo.

Production Team: Geneva Cowen, Tina Calzaretta, Mary Urban, Rafa Bertelli and Jeremy McDougle

Photographer: Shalem Mathew