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An easy braided hairstyle perfect for sunny summer days

Braids are so chic and with the arrival of hotter days, there's no cooler style. The 2018 twist involves a combination of braided crown and loose layers. We show you how to pull of our new favorite half up/half down look for summer!

Matchy Matchy

With three sections of hair braided together from the crown of the head to the nape of the neck, hair seems almost as if woven over the head. It looks beautifully intricate, without actually being complex to do.

Step 1. Divide

Divide the hair you wish to braid into three small sections near the crown of the head

Step 2. Braid

Braided together in direction of the nape of the neck

Step 3. Add to the braid

As you braid, add more hair to each section while crossing in from the side into the middle

To create three separate plaits - or more! - simply part the hair into the desired number of sections and keep separate prior to braiding.

What the editors say: Half up, half down – we love this braided look. Pretty, sexy and it looks sophisticated too, thanks to its complexity.

5 Braiding facts

Did you know the French braid first saw the light of day in Algeria?

Some hair braids easier than others. Shorter hair is harder to braid than longer hair.

Need a helping hand? Use bobby pins to grip your hair in place.

French braids are handy to include bangs or hair that is shorter at the front and won't reach the nape of the neck.

Spanish braids, the French braid's cousin, works with two sections of hair, rather than three.

Boost your hair

Any hairstyle is easier to achieve on healthy hair. Come rain or shine, it's always handy to give your hair a boost to improve its condition. In summer, hair can dry out and become brittle so giving it a little extra moisture is key. Try L'Oréal Professionnel's Pro Fiber Conditioner or the Re-charge Booster to keep your hair soft, shiny and glossy.

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