I’ve always had long hair, which made even the idea of leaving them open in the hot and humid east coast summers almost intolerable. So was I relegated to bun hell? Nope! I learned different styles of braids that could be cool and casual, or elegant and sophisticated, depending on my need. More importantly, they kept my hair out of my face, making the temperature drop by about 4 degrees.  The one style that has stood the test of time is the Fishtail, which can be either an easy breezy day look or a romantic night look (with the minor modification of making the braid on the side). With braids, you must let a few tendrils fall either around your face or within the braids to avoid a severe look.RajibyDesign Fishtail Braid

Try this look: This look works best when you have some texture, so create it with a texturizing spray (like Bumble & Bumble Surf Spray) if need be. Divide your hair into two sections and hold both sections with one hand (separate the two sections with the pointer finger). With the other hand, take a tiny piece of hair from the outside of one section and bring it over to the other section. Now, repeat this with the other side and continue until you’re about two inches from the bottom.  Finish the look by tying an elastic band or ribbon to secure the braid. The End.

(Image via Free People)