How To Make A Reverse French Braid

We’re always looking for a quick and simple hair DIY for the weekend! With Valentine’s Day just around the corner we’re opting for a reverse french braid.  We asked our studio hair stylist, Julie M. to give us the inside scoop. Follow her tips below to learn how to style a reverse french braid like a pro in no time!

Step 1: Untangle any knots to make braiding easier.

How To Make A Reverse French Braid

Step 2: Divide a section on top of your head into 3 equal strands.  You can start at the very top or if you have bangs or front pieces you want out, start a little further back leaving those out. How To Make A Reverse French Braid

Step 3: To establish a secure braid, start by taking right section and go underneath the center strand and pull it to the middle. How To Make A Reverse French Braid

Step 4: Now take the other end strand and go underneath to the middle. How To Make A Reverse French Braid

Step 5: Do this one more time with the other end strand, going underneath to the middle. How To Make A Reverse French Braid

Step 6: Now it’s time to start pulling additional hair from the sides. Like a typical french braid, start pulling equal slices of hair on each side of the head, adding it to the outer strand and taking it to the center…but instead of going overtop the center strand, take everything underneath.

Keep repeating from side to side, taking equal sections of hair from sides of head and taking it underneath the center strand.  This creates a braid that sits on top of the head rather than underneath.

How To Make A Reverse French BraidHow To Make A Reverse French Braid

Step 7: When you reach the nape of the neck, do a traditional three strand braid to the bottom. How To Make A Reverse French BraidHow To Make A Reverse French Braid

Step 8: Secure with elastic. How To Make A Reverse French Braid

Step 9: Viola! How To Make A Reverse French Braid Looking for other great hair DIYs? Check out how to make a waterfall braid or learn how to make a fishtail braid!

xoxo,

Aerie

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How To Make A Fishtail Braid

We love “double tapping” beautiful hair looks on Insta but when it comes to our own DIY moment…we’re lost! One of our favorite hair styles we have been loving this season is the gorgeous, but very intimidating fishtail braid. We asked our studio hair stylist, Julie M., if she could show us step-by-step instructions to teach us this hot new ‘do. Follow her tips below to learn how to style the fishtail braid like a pro in no time!

Before you begin: gently brush out any tangles in hair but leave as much of your natural texture as possible. For a little extra lift, use a dry shampoo at the roots and crown of head.

Step 1: Gather hair into desired side ponytail and secure it with a small elastic band.

Aerie Hair How To: Fishtail Braid Tutorial

Step 2: Separate the ponytail into two equal strands.

Aerie Hair How To: Fishtail Braid Tutorial

Step 3: Starting with either the left or right section, take a small strand of hair from one of the outer edges.

Aerie Hair How To: Fishtail Braid Tutorial

Aerie Hair How To: Fishtail Braid Tutorial

Step 4: Pass this strand to the opposite section of hair.  Once you’ve added this strand to the other section, forget about it. You will always just be working with two sections, not three.

Aerie Hair How To: Fishtail Braid Tutorial

Aerie Hair How To: Fishtail Braid Tutorial

Aerie Hair How To: Fishtail Braid Tutorial

Step 5: Now take a second strand of hair from the opposite side [always concentrating on just taking from the outer edge] and add it to the other section like above.

Aerie Hair How To: Fishtail Braid Tutorial

Step 6-9: Keep repeating this process from side to side – taking pieces from outer edge, one side to the next until you reach the end.  As you work down the braid you can also take smaller sections if desired.

Aerie Hair How To: Fishtail Braid Tutorial

Step 10: Once you are done, secure the bottom of braid with a second clear elastic.

Aerie Hair How To: Fishtail Braid Tutorial

Step 11: Carefully cut out the first elastic on the top that you used at the top.

Aerie Hair How To: Fishtail Braid Tutorial

Aerie Hair How To: Fishtail Braid Tutorial

Step 12: This braid looks best messy! Once you’ve finished, mess it up a little by carefully pulling apart the braid, to create a less structured look. You can even take a teasing comb around the edges to mess up the edges.

Aerie Hair How To: Fishtail Braid Tutorial

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Aerie Beach Waves and Make Up Tutorial

Summer is officially here and with it comes barbecues, weddings, festivals, beach days, and more! Our go-to look for these special occasions and well, every summer day is quick, easy, and naturally beautiful. Read on to learn how to create the perfect beach wave and apply dewy summer make-up like a pro!

Aerie Beach Waves and Make Up Tutorial

Meet Rachelle! She just arrived in the Aerie studio and needs a quick hair touch-up before she starts the day!

What you’ll need: 
Mascara 
Foundation (With SPF is a bonus!) 
Light Pink or Coral Lip Gloss 
Light Brown Eyebrow Pencil 
Your Favorite Beige and Brown Shimmery Eye Shadow 
Curling Wand – 1 Inch Barrel 

Aerie Beach Waves and Make Up Tutorial

Rachelle’s “before” look. With her natural beauty, our make-up artist keeps the make-up light with rosy blushes and coral lip gloss.

Aerie Beach Waves and Make Up Tutorial

Tip: Bold brows are in! Fill in your brows for a fuller look and never use a black pencil. Less is more.

Aerie Beach Waves and Make Up Tutorial

Next, apply a light layer of shimmery eye shadow to brighten tired morning eyes.

Aerie Beach Waves and Make Up Tutorial

Add a bit of color! We went for a bit of a warmer, rusty brown.

Aerie Beach Waves and Make Up Tutorial

Next, curl your lashes and add 1 coat of brown or black mascara.

Aerie Beach Waves and Make Up Tutorial

Sabrina R., Aerie’s Hair and Make-up Artist adds a bit of foundation that matches Rachelle’s skin tone.

Aerie Beach Waves and Make Up Tutorial

Aerie Beach Waves and Make Up Tutorial

With a large round brush try a peachy, warm blush for a natural glow!

Aerie Beach Waves and Make Up Tutorial

Complete the look with a light pink lip! We went with gloss.

Aerie Beach Waves and Make Up Tutorial

Beautiful! Next, let’s get those beachy waves!

Aerie Beach Waves and Make Up Tutorial

First step, shake out that mane!

Aerie Beach Waves and Make Up Tutorial

Divide your hair into two parts. Then, take 1 inch wide sections to place around your curling wand.

Aerie Beach Waves and Make Up Tutorial

Wrap the hair around your wand and hold. Depending on your hair type…don’t hold for too long!

Aerie Beach Waves and Make Up Tutorial

Aerie Beach Waves and Make Up Tutorial

Watch the complete tutorial below!


xoxo,

Aerie

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