“This style is a different version of the headband braid that works best with longer, thicker hair,” says hairstylist Jackie Gomez. “For people who have bigger hair, braiding in segments like this helps to tone down the bulk,” adds fellow stylist Oscar Agredano. For a tutorial on this rock-n-roll, multi-braid look, we ventured to San Francisco’s Secret Agent Salon—known for adding adventurous, artistic, and modern twists to any look. We watched as Gomez and Agredano created an edgy take on the standard braid that will turn heads at both summer concerts and warm-weathered soirees. LENA PARK

	

	STEP ONE
	Take a dime-sized amount of pomade and rub it in your hands to soften—then smooth through your hair. “This will make sure that the braids stay in place and avoid flyaways,” says Agredano.
	WE LIKE: DRYBAR THE CHASER SHINE POMADE

	STEP TWO
	Part hair down the middle. Section the left side so that it extends two inches above the ear, stopping at the crown. Brush toward the forehead.

	STEP THREE
	French braid this section forward until you reach the hairline. Braid traditionally across the top of the forehead so there is no space showing between the braid and the hairline. Once you’re two inches from the other ear, start French braiding again, making sure to follow the hairline down.

	STEP FOUR
	French braid the remaining section of hair on the left side, making sure to follow the hairline towards the back of your head.
	TIP: For an extra-sleek look, apply a pea-sized amount of pomade directly to the braid.

	STEP FIVE
	Spritz the rest of the hair with a texturizing spray. Tease the unbraided hair by running a brush from ends to roots to create volume. Smooth hair with a fine-toothed comb to shape a sleek pompadour effect. Tie it loosely with a thick hair-tie.
	WE LIKE: OSCAR BLANDI TEXTURE & VOLUME SPRAY

	STEP SIX
	Pull all hair to one side, including the braids. Combine hair with a small hair tie at the nape of the neck. Place two more hair ties three inches apart down the tail. Finish with lightweight hairspray to hold the style in place. “The lighter hairsprays hold the style of the hair without weighing it down,” explains Agredano.
	WE LIKE: LIVING PROOF FLEX SHAPING HAIRSPRAY

	CHANGE IT UP:
	Remove the hair ties from the side ponytail and twist the unbraided hair into a side bun. Pin to keep it in place. Take the free hanging braids and criss-cross them to wrap around bun. Pin the braids to the bun. Add spritzes of lightweight hairspray to secure the style.

	Photo: Ron Purdy
	Model: Sierra at Scout Model Agency/SF
	Makeup Artist: Ashley Lentz

              Oscar Blandi / Texture & Volume Spray$25.00
              Sephora Collection / Pin-Ups Bobby Pins$6.00
              Drybar / The Chaser Shine Pomade$28.00
              Living Proof / Flex Shaping Hairspray$24.00
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