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Festival Braid with Duck & Dry Xpress

Festival Braid with Duck & Dry Xpress

In need of some festival hair inspo? We’ve teamed up with uber-cool blow dry bar, Duck & Dry Xpress in collaboration with Primark Beauty Studios, to show you how you can create this ultimate festival style, using Noughty’s To The Rescue range, a few hair pins and some crafty braiding.

Suitably named ‘Braid-a-licious’, the look features a combination of signature braids and bouncy curls that’ll leave you the envy of all your friends. It might take a little practice, but we promise it’ll be totally worth it to create these soft, tousled waves.

For this look you will need:

  • Curling tongs or Wand
  • Hair clips
  • Hair pins
  • Small, clear elastic bands
  • A comb

Step 1

Step 1
Wash your hair as normal with your regular Noughty Haircare shampoo and conditioner. For this look, we’ve used Noughty’s To The Rescue Moisture Boost Shampoo and Conditioner.

Step 2

Step 2
Even the most well-kept of manes can’t escape the dreaded tangled hair after washing. Spritz in Noughty’s Thirst Aid Conditioning and Detangling spray onto towel-dried hair, before gentling combing through.

Step 3

Step 3
Designed to protect hair up to 220 degrees, Noughty’s To The Rescue Anti-Frizz Serum will ensure no damage incurs when using the styling tongs. A couple of pumps evenly distributed on towel-dried hair through lengths and ends is all you need to fully protect the hair from heat, whilst also helping to put a stop to frizz and flyaways.

Step 4

Step 4
Blow-dry hair as normal, whether you like to rough dry with your hands, use a roller brush to work through, or turn your head upside-down. We'll leave this up to you!

Step 5

Step 5
Once dry, section hair in half above the ear, so the crown/top layers are pinned up and the rest is left down. Set your curling tongs or wand to 175 degrees or under, depending on your hair thickness. We recommend trialling the lowest heat which will work to create a curl on your hair type, start at the lowest setting and work your way up, you might be surprised just how low you can go!

Step 6

Step 6
Clip the tongs close to the root and slide them gently down to the tip, holding them horizontally. Roll up until the whole hair segment is wrapped around the barrel. Hold here for a few seconds depending on the thickness of your hair. Collect the curl in the palm of your hand and hold here for a few seconds to allow the curl to cool which will help it retain shape.

Step 7

Step 7
Continue to work in sections until you have tonged the whole head, but don’t brush through just yet!

Step 8

Step 8
Once you have a full head of curls, part your hair down the middle using the end of a comb. Use your hair clips to divide the hair into two sections, the left side and the right side. The clips will hold the side of your hair which you’re not braiding in place.

Step 9

Step 9
This look uses a Dutch braid which is often called a reverse French braid. First, split the hair section into three equal strands. Hold the right strand in your right hand, and the other two in your left hand. Let the middle strand drape over your middle finger, and hold the left strand against your palm with your little finger. Next, begin a standard braid to anchor the Dutch braid. Cross the right strand under the middle strand, then cross the left strand under the new middle strand. 

Step 10

Step 10
Continue to braid down the hair until you are approximately halfway down the head, and end the plait with a normal braid (don’t gather any more hair into it from the head). Use one of the small elastic bands to finish the braid and ensure it doesn’t unravel.

Step 11

Step 11
Create a slightly messy plait by going back over and gently teasing the edges of the braid. This will give the illusion of a fuller braid.

Step 11

Step 12
Repeat this process on the left-hand side until you are left with two braids on either side.

Step 13

Step 13
Take both braids and use one of the small elastic bands to tie them together, creating a plait which meets in the middle.

Step 14

Step 14
To finish the braid, take a small strand of hair from the end of the ponytail and wrap it around to cover the elastic bands. Use a hair pin at the back to hold the strand in place.

Final

Step 15
Complete the look by smoothing on To The Rescue Anti Frizz Serum, to tame any flyaways and ensure a sleek finish. Et Voilà! Admire your pièce de résistance.

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